03 August 2008

Olympic frenzy = caesarean boom

For pregnant Chinese women, 8 August is particularly auspicious day for giving birth and not only because this is the slated start for the Beijing Olympics.

According to Chinese tradition, the eighth day of the eight month of the eighth year is considered extremely lucky. Coupled with the opening of the Games, giving birth on this day is thought to bring good luck to a baby.

You can guess what happens next. According to local reports, expectant women in Chinese cities have been requesting caesareans for that day. One hospital in Shijiazhuang has received requests from 78 pregnant women.

It has been noted that China has also been experiencing a baby boom this month because many women tried to time their pregnancy around giving birth in August.

Source: http://www.dnaindia.com/report.asp?newsid=1181375

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