Thursday, October 26, 2006

[gender] boys are a pain from the start

Photo courtesy of Mr Euginedes

This slightly older article is worth the read. Boys are more trouble than girls - and the grief starts from the word go. Delivering a male child is significantly more difficult than giving birth to a female, according to an Irish study of more than 8000 children - the first in the world to consider how a child's sex affects labour. Maeve Eogan, from Dublin's National Maternity Hospital, found the caesarean rate was nearly 50 per cent higher among boys' births - 6.1 per cent versus 4.2 per cent. Other instrumental deliveries using forceps or ventouse extraction were also more common among male births, regardless of weight. Other delightful stats are here.

4 comments:

Ellee said...

I couldn't help but notice that there's an interesting similarity between the article and your blog.

Well I have two sons, the last which weighed 10 lb 2oz and I had no pain relief, not even gas and air, so there was lots of pain and screaming. Never again, I said, and have been true to my word. But I have no idea if what they say is true as I have never had a daughter. Who knows, one thing is for you, you men never will!

james higham said...

...I couldn't help but notice that there's an interesting similarity between the article and your blog...

Meaning my blog is also a pain, Ellee?

Ellee said...

James, My most sincere apologies if I have indadvertently caused offence. I am not used to seeing your blog title called Nour-Obscur and confused it with that.

james higham said...

Lady Ellee, simply repartee. The day anyone takes offence at you is the day he or she has lost all sense of proportion. Now I'll let you get back to Ely, Sir James.