I have seen this and a similar study making the rounds in many of my doula and midwifery groups as of late. It is interesting information. It is based on a study wherein it was determined that eating plenty of date fruit daily in late pregnancy may have a significant effect on the way things turn out, with women requiring less use of induction or drugs and having a generally easier labour and birth.

Even if the effect is coincidental, it certainly does not hurt to eat clean, healthy dates late in pregnancy.

Here is a link to the study so that you can read it for yourself:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21280989