The chances of being a leap year baby (born on the February 29) is about 1 in 1461 but this exclusivity does not seem to impress to-be parents in the Capital. Many women who were expecting to deliver a child on this date have opted for elective caesarian so that their baby is born on February 28 or on March 1. Apparently a lot of parents don’t want to celebrate the birthday of the child once in four years. “We have patients who were scheduled to deliver their babies on February 29.
However, most of them postponed the caesarian to March 1 citing the reason that the child will not be happy to celebrate his or her birthday only once in four years. They say that they will then have to celebrate the birthday a day before or after in the other three years, which is obviously not the date on which the child was born,” says Dr Anita Kant, director obstetrics and gynecology, Asian Institute of Medical Sciences.
Adds Dr Poonam Khera, senior consultant, gynaecology and obstetrics, BLK Super Speciality Hospital, “I have 10 patients who are expected to deliver during this time, and a majority of them said that they are opting for elective caesarean a day prior to February 29. Only one out of these has chosen elective caesarean on the 29th because she is excited to call her child a leap year baby.”
February 28 clearly seems to have more takers. “Most of those with due dates on February 29 have opted for an elective caesarian a day prior. They don’t want to risk it till March 1 because if a woman gets into labour, then obviously the date cannot be pushed and the delivery will just have to be done,” Dr Nupur Gupta, consultant gynecologist and obstetrician, director, Well Woman Clinic, Gurgaon.