Contrary to the poem’s old sayings, weekend’s child is full of… death risks, new study explains in awe of a recent neonatal survey. The study saw the analysis of the data of 1.3 million births that took place in England in the past year.
Unfortunately, women can’t choose the exact day of the week to deliver their babies, but if they could, scientists recommend them to do it outside weekend days. This apparently useless safety measure could save children’s lives, considering that there is a mortality ratio of 7:1000 in the case of the children, who are born on weekend days.
The study has further revealed that mothers and children face many more health risks if the delivery occurs on Saturday or on Sunday. More than 770 children could be saved during their first week of life, if birth conditions were the same on weekends as they are during regular week days.
In spite of the alarming figures, doctors can’t figure out a valid explanation for these high mortality rates. The only hypothesis they could find so far was that medical services on weekends are not as efficient as those during the other week days. However, there is no evidence indicating a clear link between the two facts.
The most common death causes among babies who are born on weekend days are stillbirth, childbirth infections and childbirth injuries. The survey has revealed that stillbirth are 7% more common among weekend deliveries than during the other days of the week. The same is valid for childbirth infections and childbirth injuries, which appear to be 6% higher, according to statistics.
Although Dr. David Richmond from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists tried to calm patients down by telling them that the results of the new study are not really correlated to poor medical services, the lead author of the study is determined to review all maternity services until mothers and children benefit of the same protection 24/7.
Louise Silverton from the Royal College of Midwives, on the other hand, has provided an indirect explanation for this mortality rate differences. Even though all the medical staff is highly prepared, it is important to notice that maternity services at weekends are usually provided by junior doctors and midwives, she concluded.
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