The bizarre reasons why it may be better for women to give birth in the spring

Many women spring for a baby in March, April or May — and some would even pony up to ensure the timing.

U.S. moms who are educated and married are more likely to have tried for a spring birth for their first baby, according to a new study published in the Journal of Applied Econometrics. And married moms aged 20 to 45 would actually shell out $877 on average to guarantee a spring birth if it were possible.

Women working in “education, training and library” professions are more likely to plan for spring births. They may do that in order to maximize their time with the baby, the researchers said, by heading on maternity leave prior to the start of their summer break.

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