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Would You Risk Your Baby and Your Lives For A “Cool Birthday?”

Would You Risk Your Baby and Your Lives For A “Cool Birthday?”

Labor inductions already come fraught with their own sets of hazards.  From having a child not as full term as the parents expected due to mistakes in dating and gestational age, to stalled inductions that can quickly turn into situations where life saving interventions for both the mother and the child are necessary, most obstetricians see inductions as a last ditch resort, rather than an elective birthing option.

Yet that hasn’t stopped numerous doctors from approving the choice of elective inductions for a number of women all having the same goal: giving birth on 11/11/11.

In some ways, it shouldn’t come as a huge surprise.  Couples looking to attempt to lock in that date began swarming medical personnel via email, message board and phone call at the beginning of February, all wondering when they should start having sex in order to conceive that “lucky” baby.   And with the right time being roughly around Valentine’s Day of 2011, it’s not shocking that there may be more women expecting than normal.

But doctors in many delivery rooms are noting that there was a definite uptick in births today, mostly due to c-section and inductions that were timed in order to happen on the proper day.

One San Francisco hospital, who said they saw “nearly a dozen” (could that be 11?) scheduled births today, up from a normal 3 scheduled births, claim that each one was a medically necessary procedure that would have occurred at some point during the week anyway, but the mother’s requested that it be done on the 11th specifically.  And multiple women in hospitals around the country who scheduled c-sections requested that the moment of delivery be at exactly 11:11 a.m.

Even with a doctor’s approval, is playing with induction and surgery dates really worth the potential risk that comes with having a “lucky” birthday?   And what of the doctors who are actually encouraging the practice?  One OB in Iowa is offering to take his fee and put it in a bank account for any child he delivers on 11/11, with at least three women taking him up on the deal.  His only requirement?  The women need to be “full term,” so 37 weeks.  “[Dr. Ross] Valone said that the procedure is safe and that women probably are slightly better off if they go that route in a hospital instead of starting their labor at home.”

Better to start labor with drugs than to wait until the baby is ready, just for the sake of a cool birthday?  Let’s hope that all the babies and mothers pushing for babies born on 11/11 really are as lucky as the date implies.

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6:08PM PDT on Mar 12, 2012

Don't play judge and jury and let the births happen naturally and when they should.

9:53AM PST on Feb 5, 2012

Some things make you feel embarrassed to be a person.

1:13PM PST on Nov 27, 2011


2:38AM PST on Nov 24, 2011

I was induced 4 days early, because I was high risk, and had gestational diabetes. I'd had a previous terrible pregnancy where I was toxic, and had an abruption. Not only did I lose my baby at 7.5 months, I nearly died myself.

A cool birthing process is a health process where your newborn is full term, and healthy. Then you have a cool kid who has a unique birthday. You don't know how I wish I had the story of how the day started. Mine is boring. I set the alarm for 6:30am, and my mother took me 5 blocks to the hospital where I had an appointment to be induced...

My friend can say that they were at some place with their significant other, and have really special stories about the day their baby was born. Why be stupid about having an appointment because YOU thought it was cool?

10:37PM PST on Nov 17, 2011


11:47PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

Some people are simply wacko!!!

4:45PM PST on Nov 15, 2011

For crying out loud this is bringing a CHILD into the world, not adopting a frreakin pet! Anyone ditzy enough to try something like this is probably not going to make a competent mother to begin with.

8:15AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

some people seem to have not brain

4:25AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

That is ridiculous. I remember my first born and was upset that because they found out the baby was breech, it would be cause for a c-section. Unless the child could be turned in the womb to the correct position, I would have to have a c-section. There was only one doctor on the staff that would be capable of doing this procedure while utilizing ultra sound and xray. We considered it until we were told that if we went forward with the procedure, we should live no more than 5 minutes from a hospital, because turning the baby 'could' cause the placenta to detach. We decided AGAINST turning and I chose a date for the surgery. I tore at my heart to 'choose' my childs birth date and not the date of God's choosing. As the date approached, my water broke 7 days before the sceduled c-section - to which it automatically became an emergency c-section to avoid mishap with a baby coming out feet first! Though our baby was born healthy and happy via c-section, there was a piece of mind that "God" was the one who chose the birth date after all!

1:09AM PST on Nov 15, 2011

I think it is crazy that some women would actually take the time out to make sure their child was born on 11-11-11. It seems like people are just bored and need something to do with their lives

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