Korean hospitals are being flooded with demands from moms to perform scheduled Cesarean sections tomorrow so their babies will have the birth date of November 11, 2011.
According to a report by Reuters, the reasoning behind the C-section rush is due to the Korean Resident Registration Number. This identification number, which every resident in Korea must have, is made up of thirteen numbers in total, and the first six numbers corresponding to the person’s date of birth.
The number of appointments for C-section births on November 11 is reported to be 20 percent higher this year than any other previous year. Apparently, even expectant mothers who are due a week after the date have already scheduled C-sections for November 11.
I haven’t personally heard of any women in the States scheduling C-sections for tomorrow, but I’m sure some do exist, since many moms have been known to schedule their child’s birthday by C-section according to work plans, vacations, and other important dates.
Huffington Post recently wrote about the new U.K guidelines that take effect later this month, which allow pregnant women “with no identifiable reason” to schedule a Cesarean. Prior to this, only women who had a medical reason could forgo labor and schedule a C-section:
“It’s about time women who have no desire to view labor as a rite of passage into motherhood be able to choose how they want to have their baby,” said Pauline Hull, who has had two children by Cesarean because of medical reasons. “The important thing to me was meeting my baby, not the experience of labor.”
Some people are against the movement to make C-sections an option for everyone under the government health care system in the U.K, and have labeled those who opt for them as “too posh to push.” Of course, finances are tied into the heated debate since C-sections cost vastly more than vaginal births. National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence maintains that scheduled C-sections are routine and medically safe for both mom and baby.
Did you schedule your C-section? Did you make it a special date? Or do you oppose scheduled C-sections entirely?