REVEALED: What is the peak time for babies to be born at Blackpool Victoria Hospital?

Pupils from Boundary Primary have been learning about circus heritage.  Pictured is Charlotte Senior.
Pupils from Boundary Primary have been learning about circus heritage. Pictured is Charlotte Senior.
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If you are heavily pregnant and a fan of Homes Under The Hammer and This Morning, you had best set the TV to record.

Because between 10am and 11am is the time when most new mums give birth at Blackpool Victoria Hospital, new figures have revealed.

A total of 1,347 babies were born at the Vic between 10am and 11am from January 1 2011 to December 31, 2017.

Other peak periods include 9am-10am, 11am to noon and noon to 1pm - times when planned C-section births tend to take place.

A total of 22,060 children were born at the Vic during this seven-year period and comes after a survey by the University College London showed most spontaneous births in the UK happened between 1am and 7am.

Since the 1950s, patterns of birth have changed because of rising rates of intervention, such as C-sections and inductions.

Sean O’Sullivan, from the Royal College of Midwives, said the research would help maternity services to organise their staffing rotas but individual services would also need to look at the patterns of birth in their local areas.

He said the work of midwives encompassed more than just birth, including antenatal and postnatal care, infant feeding and maternal mental health.

“Any planning of services must consider also these aspects of care,” he said.

Elizabeth Duff, senior policy adviser from the parent’s charity NCT, said: “This study tells us parents aren’t bothered about the timing of the birth as long as it results in healthy mums and babies.”

When is the most popular time for babies to be born at the Vic?

Midnight to 1am - 1,109

1am to 2am - 913

2am to 3am - 938

3am to 4am - 896

4am to 5am -849

5am to 6am - 869

6am to 7pm - 703

7am to 8am - 815

8am to 9am - 768

9am to 10am - 1,234

10am to 11am - 1,347

11am to noon - 1,225

Noon to 1pm - 1,175

1pm to 2pm - 897

2pm to 3pm - 943

3pm to 4pm - 908

4pm to 5pm - 790

5pm to 6pm - 813

6pm to 7pm - 806

7pm to 8pm - 801

8pm to 9pm - 783

9pm to 10pm - 801

10pm to 11pm - 800

11pm to midnight - 877

All figures compiled from January 1 2011 to December 31, 2017