The most, and least, popular day to give birth

SAM DUFF
Last updated 05:00 11/04/2014

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Tinsel,  singing and a good barbecue are some of the things Kiwis enjoy on Christmas Day - but having babies is not one of them.

Christmas Day, a day of celebration and good cheer, is the second least common day for childbirths, according to analysis by Statistics New Zealand.

Former rugby league player Jason Mackie and the late New Zealand cricketer Hedley Howarth are two of the lucky few who share their birthday with Jesus.

Statistics NZ senior demographer Kim Dunstan said the low number of births could be because Christmas was a public holiday.

"Doctors and the medical profession, along with expectant mothers, would tend to avoid induced births on those days," he said. Technically, the day which sees the fewest new Kiwis arrive into the world is February 29, which occurs only in leap years.

Statistics NZ compiled birth data from the past 23 years to see when little nippers were most likely to arrive.

Midwives should expect to be busiest nine months after the festive season, with the 10 most common birthdates between September 22 and October 4.

The most common New Zealand birthday is September 28, which is shared by Black Cap Doug Bracewell and former New Zealand premier Robert Stout.

Dunstan said he would let people draw their own conclusions on why there were so many births nine months after the holiday season. A similar trend was seen in United States data, he said.

 

Happy 'birthmus' for Corey

Snoopy's Christmas and Feliz Navidad are just two of the Christmas songs Newtown man Corey Burgess has to listen to on his birthday.

Now 23, Burgess says that as a child he was never bothered that his birthday was December 25. "I don't think I felt ripped off. I was just a bit confused."

The geologist said he was surprised to learn his birthday was such an unpopular day for babies to be born.

"I know four people whose birthdays are on Christmas Day."

But he could hazard a guess about why so few babies were born on December 25.

"There are fewer hospital staff on that day so they probably delay c-sections and things like that."

The benefit of sharing the day was always being able to spend his birthday with loved ones.

"I like it because it's a time where people make a conscious effort to contact each other."

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