Hey Women, Behave or Your Babies Will Be Less Intelligent!

As I sat reading Medical News Today headlines this morning, I came across a few interesting ones. An article about the effort to increase evidence-based maternity care in the U.S. entitled Best Practices In Maternity Care Not Widely Used In The United States. Mmm hmm. An article called Risk Of Neonatal Illness Increased When C-Section Repeated Before 39 Weeks warns not to prematurely section women. Of course. Another article, Early Repeat Cesarean Riskier To Baby, echoed the same message.

And then I read this interesting headline: Winter Babies Face Socioeconomic Disadvantages.

In the study “Season of Birth and Later Outcomes: Old Questions, New Answers,” which is currently under review, states that research has found that a person’s season of birth relates to later health and professional outcomes, yet what drives this association is still unclear. Conducted by Kasey Buckles and Daniel Hungerman, both Assistant Professors in the Department of Economics and Econometrics at the University of Notre Dame, the study found that winter babies are born to women who are more likely to be teenagers, unwed or high school graduates.

The Medical News Today article states that the researchers “point out that a large body of previous research consistently has found that people born in December, January and February are, on average, less educated, less intelligent, less healthy and lower paid than people born in other seasons.”

Buckles and Hungerman analyzed U.S census data and birth certificates” to determine if the typical woman giving birth in winter is any different from the typical woman giving birth at other times of the year.”

The paper explored the possibility that sperm production could be inhibited in the heat of summer, which might somehow adversely affect women of lower socioeconomic status.

Medical New Today’s coverage also notes that researchers “also point out that there could be a ‘prom babies’ effect, with winter births occurring nine moths after end-of-year school celebrations.”

In other words, research from the Catholic university, Notre Dame, theorizes that teenage prom night revelry and having children out of wedlock in the winter leads to less intelligent, unhealthier children with less fewer socioeconomic advantages. Want smarter, healthier babies? Don’t get pregnant in the spring and, whatever you do, make sure that you are MARRIED.

In other Catholic news, the Pope wears a funny hat.

USA Today reports that a public-policy professor at Harvard who has worked with Buckles in the past said the study is “impeccable.”

 

Impeccable? Perhaps.

 

But is it infallible?