On the one extra day of the leap year, many expecting parents were seen trying to postpone the delivery dates of their children in order to avoid celebrating birthdays only once in four years.
However, for some parents, the health of the child and the mother was of more importance than celebrating birthdays.
According to Sumeet, father of a girl born at the General Hospital, Sector 16, “The doctor told us a few months ago that it would be around the end of February. We were prepared for this date too. It was our mutual decision not to take any risk with the health of two people. I will now celebrate my daughter’s birthday on March 1 each year, and whenever it is a leap year, I will have a grand celebration.”
City-based gynaecologist Sangeeta added, “I do not see which day it is, I do my duty keeping in mind that no harm is caused to the mother or the baby. In cases of cesarean, the parents do ask us to pre-pone the delivery, but I check the health of the mother before taking any decision.”