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Labour ward activity and the lunar cycle.
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PMID:  15512171     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
To refute the commonly held belief by the general public that the lunar cycle affects labour, we studied 10 027 deliveries over an 18-month period in a large maternity unit in Ireland. There was no increase in the total number of deliveries during the times of a full moon compared with other times. The caesarean section, instrumental vaginal delivery, and pre-term delivery rate remained unchanged over the times of a full moon. We conclude that the lunar cycle has no influence on labour ward activity.
S Ong; M Wingfield; K McQuillan
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of obstetrics and gynaecology : the journal of the Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology     Volume:  18     ISSN:  0144-3615     ISO Abbreviation:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Publication Date:  1998 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2004-10-29     Completed Date:  2005-04-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8309140     Medline TA:  J Obstet Gynaecol     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  538-9     Citation Subset:  -    
National Maternity Hospital, Dublin, Ireland.
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