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Moms-to-be in Korea 'Pushing' For Scheduled Cesarean Sections On 11/11/11

By Danielle Sullivan |

 11-11-11, november 11 2011, korean moms want cesarean section on 11-11-11, scheduled cesarean sections, mom health

Would you schedule a C-section so your baby has a specific birthday?

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?

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0 thoughts on “Moms-to-be in Korea 'Pushing' For Scheduled Cesarean Sections On 11/11/11

  1. Sanriobaby =^.^= says:

    There are women who schedule their C-Sections for all kinds of reasons, so I’m not surprised that there are some who want thier child born on 11-11-11 too.

  2. Jacqueline says:

    Pauline Hull’s comment is appalling. Having a C-section on a whim or because labor is unappealing is an extremely selfish act. Who speaks on behalf of babies who may benefit from additional time in the womb, i.e., what’s best for the child? I guess it’s not surprising because babies, toddlers and children are not treated like whole persons in our society, have no rights from the moment they’re born and are at the mercy of the adults in their lives. What a world. p.s. My son was “overdue” but I didn’t ever think of being inducing or having a C-section and neither did my MD. And I delivered a healthy baby boy who chose his own birthday!

  3. Denise says:

    Clearly Pauline Hull doesnt understand that having a baby naturally isnt just about a woman’s right of passage but actually has benefits for both mom and baby that C-section cannot give you = like natural hormones for bonding, healing, better outcomes for nursing and safety for future pregnancies and births. If a woman still wants to have an elective C-section after knowing all of the benefits of natural birth and the risks of a section, then go for it. The problem is, most women have no idea what happens when they give birth and just trust that their doctor is going to do whats best for them – with elective C-sections becoming more common, clearly doctors arent giving women all the info they should have.
    Not to mention the fiscal irresponsibility of covering elective C-sections under any healthcare plan when they cost thousands more . . . guess whose healthcare premiums pay for those?

  4. koleskyy says:

    I personally think it’s crazy. We were created to give birth vaginally and let nature take its course. Now if an emergency c-section is needed, that’s different. But to want to be sliced open on purpose, is lunacy to me.

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