June 1, 2020


It’s the question that’s impossible to answer, but a new study sheds some light on what time of day you can expect your new arrival.

Wouldn’t it be nice to know the exact time and day that your baby will be born? If you opt for a c-section, chances are you’ll have a pretty good idea, but for those mums that give birth naturally, the whole situation can be a little more unpredictable.

Until now. A recent study has shed some light on the time of day that your baby is most likely to be born, essentialbaby reports, and it has something to do with evolution…

Just Like Our Ancestors

The study found that mums who delivered without intervention were most likely to do so between 1am and 7am, with 4am being the most common time to give birth.

“Long term experience and research from other areas has shown that human births without obstetric intervention are most likely to occur at night or in the early hours of the morning,” Dr Peter Martin, lead author of the study, said.

“This may be part of our evolutionary heritage. Our ancestors lived in groups that were active and dispersed during the day and came together to rest at night. So a night time labour and birth probably afforded the mother and newborn baby some protection.”

Won’t Interrupt Your Christmas

If you’re currently pregnant, and worried you might have a Christmas Day bub, then the results of the study might put your mind at ease. It was found that babies prefer not to make their entrance on important dates, with spontaneous births seven percent lower on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, and two percent lower on Sundays and public holidays. It’s important to note that the study was based on UK data, but we still think it’s super interesting – if only it was a little more accurate!

Would you want to know the exact date and time of your baby’s birth in advance? Tell us in the comments.


  • Not for me. 4 bubs without intervention and none were born during this time


  • The not knowing is part of the surprise


  • Yes I like things to be organised and hate surprises


  • No I don’t want to me because it will make me conscious and nervous so better be a surprise


  • I’d rather a surprise which I got….. two early mornings, one early afternoon and two night births. Mine were all natural births too.


  • No, the ‘not knowing’ is part of the fun. My babies were born at 10:20pm, 6:50am and 5:30pm so all different. They all followed a similar pattern of coming earlier than their due date though


  • The giving birth part makes me anxious, not knowing when or if someone will be around to take me to hospital. I’d love to know an exact time for my OCD organisation lol


  • Would be interesting to know what the sample size was. And the percentage of births that have no intervention these days is surely fairly low.


  • Baby one was induced and arrived at 6pm.
    Baby 2 came naturally and without assistance (aside from breaking the waters) and came at 1pm.
    I’d like to know how they tracked the times our ancestors gave birth! I honestly don’t think it really works that way!


  • I really don’t think you can pin point things like this


  • can’t really control this


  • I got 3 kids. They all born naturally.


  • I dunno about this. My second came 3 weeks early!


  • It’s just natural – the bubs come when its time! :)


  • Has anyone had success with this. I’m very sceptical


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