Kuwait doctors warn against forced births to coincide with auspicous date

October 7, 2010

Pregnant women should not be allowed to resort to induced labour in order to deliver their babies on October 10 (10.10.2010), believed to be an auspicious date, doctors in Kuwait have warned.

The warning was issued after several pregnant women insisted on premature birth deliveries to coincide with the special date despite an ominous slew of potential health complications for the newborn.

Dr Salman Al Saad, a consultant at Al Jahra hospital, said he was aware of the high pressure form several women to be able to deliver their babies on this specific date. However, such a wish by the expecting mothers could carry high risks and only doctors should be allowed to make the appropriate decision at the right time, the doctor said, Kuwaiti daily Al Watan reported on Thursday.

Dr Mohammad Harbi, a consultant at a maternity hospital in Kuwait, called for promoting awareness about the dangers of using incentives to give birth prematurely and for not allowing women to set the date of the baby’s birth in accordance with their wishes.




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Born August 3, 1960 in Monastir, Tunisia
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