Halloween is here and researchers suggest that mothers avoid going into labor on Halloween because it is a NEGATIVE holiday.
"Di frage" (The question): Does the avoidance have anything to do with trick-or-treating? If a pregnant ("shvanger") woman has "elter" (older) children, could the avoidance be out of a desire not to disrupt a child's celebration of the holiday?
Some people think it's cute to have a "beybi" (baby) on a holiday, while others not so much.
Now take Valentine's Day. This is a more positive celebration. It's easier to find a substitute caregiver if the parents are off to "der shpitol" (the hospital). Just set a card on "di kikh" (the kitchen) table, add some heart-shaped chocolates, and everyone is "gliklekh" (happy).
Anecdotal evidence suggests that parents want to avoid giving birth on any holiday to allow "dos kind" (the child) to have his/her own day, rather than share it with "der tsibur" (the community/public).
Consider these headlines:
SANTA BABY: HAVING A BABY ON CHRISTMAS EVE ISN'T ALL TIDINGS OF COMFORT AND JOY (Baltimore City Paper)
HAVING A BABY ON CHRISTMAS? GO AHEAD AND CRY.
WOULD YOU SCHEDULE YOUR C-SECTION
ON A MAJOR HOLIDAY?
On Oct. 25, 2011, Anahad O'Connor, [The New York Times] reported on a study conducted at the Yale School of Public Health. They reviewed millions of birth certificates and found a 5.3% dip in spontaneous births on Halloween. This may suggest that a mother's mental state may play a role in when she goes into labor. There's also a 16.9% drop in Caesarean births on Halloween. Perhaps there's a resistance to start labor around the festival ("der yontev") of the "toyt" (dead).
The researchers at Yale also studied 1.7 million births that occurred within a week of Valentine's Day over a period of 11 years. What were the findings? There was a 36% spike in spontaneous births on Valentine's and a 12.1% rise in Caesareans.
The next question: If you do have a "beybi" on Halloween, would you choose a holiday- related name?
Robin Elise Weiss has some suggestions:
Carrie (of Stephen King's novel fame) Morticia (from The Addams Family) Casper (as in Casper the friendly ghost) Jack (as in Jack-o-lantern)
(for Valentine's Day)
"Doved" (Hebrew for Dove)
"Ehud" (Hebrew for love)
"Valentino" (Latin for love)
"Romeo" (romantic character from Romeo and Juliet)
"Beau" (French for handsome, sweetheart)
Marjorie Wolfe's middle son was born on Valentine's Day. She and her husband chose the "nomen," Jonathan, which means "gift of God" in Israel.
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