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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.