There was a rush in hospitals in Kolkata for the birth of midnight children on August 15, India’s Independence Day. Requests poured in at hospitals across the city by a large number of parents eager to get Caesarian deliveries done on August 15. Many parents chose August 17, which was Janmashtami, for delivery of their child. The Bhagirathi Neotia Women and Child Care Centre had six deliveries lined up while the Woodlands Hospital had four. "It's not unusual to ask for an August 15 delivery. Many want their child to be born on Independence Day. But auspicious days like Janmashtami are equally popular," local surgeon, Ramjet Chakrabarty said.
Doctors usually allow a four to six days window for Caesarian sections. Often, parents want this to be stretched to accommodate a preferred day. "This could be risky so we don't allow this," said Chakrabarty.