Wannabe mothers line up for 12/12/12 babies
By Santosh Andhale
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Mumbai - It's the last chance of the decade to have a
unique, memorable birth date — 12/12/12. And expectant
parents are lining up for that moment. Ahead of December
12, 2012, couples are preparing to fix this unique birth
date for their newborns.
This trend of having muhurat babies -- or planned
caesarean section on special dates -- is getting
fashionable among parents, say city gynaecologists who
get requests from patients wanting babies on their
Over the last few years, dates with repetitive numbers
all through the the 'DD-MM-YY' format are becoming a
craze, says doctors. Last year, 2011, it was 11-11-11 and
ditto for the earlier years.
Dr Rishma Dhillon-Pai, senior gynaecologist at Jasolok
hospital said a patient's request for planned caesarean
section on a special date is respected if the delivery
date is around that unique date.
"Of course, the patient has to be fit and free of any
complication," she says, adding that besides date, it's
also a scheduled muhoort -- given by a pandit at which
parents want their babies to arrive.
Consultant gynaecologist Kiran Coelho says such requests
are one too many.
"Already, I have got two requests for 12-12-12, and maybe
we'll will get more in the coming days," said Dr Coelho.
"I do planned deliveries only when it's possible."
Medical experts say that while complying with requests
for muhurat babies, no doctor risks the patient's life.
It's only if doctors find it as a fit case for C-section,
do they give a commitment to the patient.
At Dr LH Hiranandani hospital, Powai, requests for the
'all 12 babies' have already started pouring in, says Dr
Anita Soni, "So far, we've got three requests for planned
deliveries on this special day."
However, the muhurat moment fad, say doctors, goes beyond
the moment a baby is born.
Nowadays, it has spilled onto other medical procedures.
"At times, we get requests from patients wanting the
surgical incision done on their body at a specific time,"
said Dr Sanjay Borude, bariatric surgeon at Breach Candy
"Unlike baby deliveries, all our surgeries are planned;
none is an emergency."
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi
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