A Full Moon doesn’t always bring lots of babies
We had a Full Moon this past weekend. October 4th– according to my calender. Over the past 35+ years in this business, it has been my experience that the full moon does NOT bring all the babies! We had just one baby born this whole weekend…. and hardly any labor checks. It was eery Quiet. (The “Q” word. Something we only say after our shift!)
The weekend before, however, is another story! We had 13 deliveries during the 2 day wkend and L&D was packed most days during the whole week leading up to this full moon! We had to use a lot of overflow rooms for evals and non-stress tests. Everywhere I turned, it was crazy busy.. and not just in L&D. It seems we get more babies with high bilirubins, more early babies with transitional breathing problems and other little issues whenever we have high census!
In my experience, I have seen the most babies born either on a new moon or the week of waxing or waning of the full moon and not on the actual full moon. Is it like that where you work?? I would really like to know the experiences of other L&D nurses.
So tell me— what happens in your world?