Few Want Their Baby Born On Halloween
"I just keep on telling him to sit tight, relax, you don't need to come out anytime soon," said pregnant mom Leora Fulvio as she rubbed her belly.
This mom-to-be is nine months pregnant with her first baby, a boy. But other than a healthy baby, Fulvio has one other wish: not to give birth on her due date, Halloween.
"I don't want you to come on Halloween, but if you do, I'll still love you," said Fulvio.
Fulvio says she's never liked Halloween. As a child she always thought it was way too scary. And now she and her husband Matt are doing everything they can to encourage their baby to stay right where he is until Halloween is over.
"We play music for him. [Matt] reads him stories. Sometimes I kind of just rub my belly to relax him, talk to him a little bit," said Fulvio.
Fulvio's not alone. Birth rates are a staggering 11 percent lower on Halloween than on any other day of the year, according to a new study by researchers at Yale University.
Many women refuse to schedule to be induced or to have Caesareans on the day that's associated with monsters and evil.
The study also found that women have a favorite day to have babies, Valentine's Day! The birth rate goes up five percent around February 14th.
Fulvio says she's also got another trick up her sleeve to keep the baby right where he is. She's bribing him with Halloween candy!
"You can just relax all day Monday, I'll send you down some Almond Joys and Reese's peanut butter cups, you'll be fine," said Fulvio.