Moms-to-be delay births on June 6,
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Around the country, some superstitious mothers-to-be took steps Tuesday to
make sure their babies were not born on the most bedeviling of dates, 6-6-6.
In New York, "people
are canceling left and right because of what today represents," said Liza
Washington, an administrative assistant at Children's Hospital of the New
York-Presbyterian Medical Center. More than a dozen deliveries were postponed
because of 666, which is said to be the "Number of the Beast" in the Book of
Many of the expectant mothers had been scheduled to deliver babies by Caesarean section or after doctors artificially induced
Julie Haley, 33, of Reading, Mass., went into labor Monday. As of Tuesday afternoon, she still had not
"We were going to try to get it out before midnight or I was going to keep my
legs closed," she said. "I don't want her to have that stigma for the rest of
her life. When she gets older, her friends would say that anything bad would be
because of her birthdate."
Pierce, who works at two Chicago-area hospitals, said he and his colleagues
canceled any deliveries scheduled for Tuesday. But he added, "I'll do nothing
that is ethically not indicated."
Pierce said that in general, about 25 percent of all births involve
C-sections whose timing can be controlled "give or take a day." And about 30
percent of births are natural, but labor is artificially induced, allowing the
timing to be controlled as well.
A woman suddenly realized that her delivery date was June 6, and asked her
doctor to delay the birth, said Dr. James Whiddon of the obstetrics and
gynecology department at Wichita Clinic, Kansas.