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