|Moms-to-be delay births on June 6, 2006
[ 2006-06-08 08:29 ]
In this photo provided by 20th Century Fox, Damien
(Seamus Davey-Fitzpatrick) keeps a watchful eye on the evil stemming
from his emergence as the Anti-Christ in the upcoming film 'The
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 Revelation.
Many of the expectant mothers had been scheduled to deliver babies by
Caesarean section or after doctors artificially
Julie Haley, 33, of Reading, Mass., went into labor Monday. As of Tuesday afternoon, she still had
not given birth.
"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,