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Auspicious C-Sections: Astrology And Child Delivery

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A group of babies lie in a private hospital in Medan, born both through natural birth and caesarean section births on November 11, 2011. More births and weddings took place in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country on the date '11/11/11' in the belief that it is the most auspicious day in a century and being born and wed on this date is seen as most fortunate. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA
A group of babies lie in a private hospital in Medan, born both through natural birth and caesarean section births on November 11, 2011. More births and weddings took place in Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim country on the date '11/11/11' in the belief that it is the most auspicious day in a century and being born and wed on this date is seen as most fortunate. AFP PHOTO / SUTANTA ADITYA

SAHANA has just celebrated her first birthday. She was born on February 4th, 2011, at 1.45pm. But it was not fate that brought her into the world at that precise moment. Rather, the time was calculated by a Hindu priest a month in advance. "You want the best for your child and this is just another precaution," says Sahana’s mother, Supriya Damera. Her obstetrician, Pranathi Reddy, is familiar with such requests. She timed the Caesarean section so the baby would emerge, head first, at the prescribed hour. That day was so auspicious, Dr Reddy recalls, that she and her obstetrics team performed nearly ten C-sections between 9.30am and 10am.

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