Now, the time of birth of a child is not entirely in the hands of God. With possibility of elective caesarean, astrology-struck to-be parents like to pick the most ‘auspicious’ date and time. And when it comes to the rare numeric calculation of the decade, 12-12-12, the craze knows no bounds.
Dr Sunalini Suri, consultant gynecologist at Cosmo Hospital, SAS Nagar, says, “Patients have been requesting me to schedule their C-section on this date. In fact, patients who are due on December 10 and may need induction for labour too are eager to have their baby on December 12, 2012. I already have three caesarean appointments for the day. But, as I figured out after talking to these would-be parents, it is not about this date being auspicious, so to say. It’s the date that they fancy. I will only go ahead with these deliveries if it is medically safe for the mother and the child.”
Dr Loveleen Sodhi, gynaecologist with Dr Sodhi’s, a healthcare in SAS Nagar, says, “I have two appointments for the day and am expecting more such patients as the date draws nearer. We entertain such cases only in the case of C-section and am not accepting any such requests by patients who either want induced pains or want to opt for a C-section just because of the date.”
The scenario, however, is completely opposite at government hospitals. Dr Anju Huria, head of the depart-ment of gynaecology, GMCH, Sector 32, says, “We don’t get any such fancy requests by our patients, because the patients who come to us are different than the ones who go to private hospitals. But, if there is a case that requires a C-section on that date, or a day before or after, then there is no harm in doing so.”
About the ‘auspiciousness’ of the date, astrologer P Khurrana, says, “The digit 1 stands for the sun, while 2 stands for the moon; so the person who is born on this day will be luminous by character and will earn a lot of fame. Also, the total of 12 becomes 3, which symbolises happiness, prosperity and truthfulness. The babies who will be born on this day will also fall in the 13th birth sign—Ophiuchus. People like Dilip Kumar and Raj Kapoor were born under the same sun sign.”
With the good news also comes a warning, “Those born on this date will, however, have delayed marriages and will have to face some trouble in their domestic lives.”
Expecting parents, however, seem to be an excited lot. Not just the date, parents are also seeking the exact ‘mahurat’ for the surgical incision! Sameera Kapur, a homemaker from Sector 43, who has fixed this date for her C-section, says “I am due on December 14 and if it has to be a caesarean, then why not do it a little in advance? My mother-in-law also met an astrologer to seek the exact time for the surgery.”
While some patients, whose due date falls after 12-12-12, are actually trying to convince their doc for induced labor. Reet Sekhon, a senior software engineer with an MNC at IT Park, says, “I want my baby to be born on this day, for which I am ready to get labour pains induced in advance. I am still trying to convince my doctor, who is very adamant on waiting for natural labour.”