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Expectant moms fancy 12.12.12 babies.

Summary: 12.12.12 is an auspicious date, but it seems women here are far more interested in babies than husbands on the day.

12.12.12 is an auspicious date, but it seems women here are far more interested in babies than husbands on the day.

While the country's maternity hospitals are booked up with pregnant women wanting cesarean sections, there is not the same demand for wedding services.

Khaleej Times contacted a number of contractors of wedding parties and in charges of wedding banquet halls.

Mohammed Darwish, owner of Al Hn Company, who is also a wedding parties' contractor, said there was nothing in his schedule about any party on the date.

"Unlike the New Year festivities, whose arrangements will begin next week, and Singer Waleed Al Shami and artist Shams will perform, I have not heard of any party that will be held on this day," he said. Darwish said that there would be a big wedding ceremony on December 13, where a number of noted singers would perform. Musical concerts are increasingly held on weekends, and people do not seem to have the same fixation on special dates as there was in the past.

Tariq Al Toofi, assistant manager of the musical concerts department at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, said the banquet ballroom was booked on 12.12.12, not for holding a wedding ceremony, but for opening a big conference. He said the hotel management does not hike prices on special dates, though New Year would see big celebrations and parties.

Lateefa Hospital's Head of Obstetrics and Maternity Section Dr Mona Tahlak said no response would be made to expectant mothers who wanted to give birth as on 12.12.12, and she advised them to undergo a normal delivery.

"Normal delivery is a divine boon, which should not be missed," she said, noting that cesarean sections would be performed only in emergency cases for women who had given birth by c-section more than once.

Dr Mona said the many requests to have a cesarean section birth on the day were absolutely rejected.

"The complications of the cesarean section are more dangerous than the normal one, and the physician resorts to c-section to save the baby's life," she said.

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
Date:Dec 6, 2012
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