Pregnant women seeking to give birth before their due dates filled hospital wards in Guangdong last weekend, as so their children could attend school one year earlier, Nanfang Daily reported.
Children who turn six on September 1 or after must wait another year to start school. So, if a child is born on August 31, 2014 rather than September 1, 2014, mom can send it off to school a year sooner. The plan seemed so attractive that one mother even requested a premature C-section at 37 weeks.
South China Morning Post elaborates:
Delivery rooms and maternity wards in most Shenzhen hospitals were struggling to cope with the influx of pregnant women in the last week of August, as beds filled up the maternity wards and extra beds lined the corridors.
Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital reported that about 100 Caeserean section births were performed on both Saturday and Sunday, about 60 per cent higher than average. According to hospital statistics, 97 babies were born on Friday, with 65 of them delivered via C-sections. The number exceeded 100 on Saturday, with about 90 by C-sections.
Other Shenzhen maternity hospitals reported the same situation. Dr Zhao Kun of Shenzhen Far-East Women’s and Children’s Hospital said about 500 mothers had delivered babies there in July, an average of 16-17 per day, with about 45 per cent opting for C-sections. However, the number increased by 60 per cent in the last week of August.
“The operating theatre is like a battlefield. As of 5pm, there were already 88 C-sections scheduled. Patients are going crazy, their family members are going crazy, doctors, even the nurses, too,” one doctor at the Shenzhen Maternity and Child Healthcare Hospital was quoted as saying.
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