Doctors at a private hospital here that treats infertility have delivered 19 women of 26 babies, including seven twins, on a single day.
All the women underwent Caesarian section. When the question of ethics was raised over putting all of them through Caesarian section, the hospital said the mothers were in age group that could not risk any complication from a normal delivery. On their part, the women claimed that they wanted the delivery only on an auspicious day.
Therefore, all the babies were ushered into this world at Sudha Hospital on May 23, considered auspicious. Seven mothers were delivered of twins, of which 10 were male. The 12 other mothers gave birth to six boys and six girls.
Three teams of doctors and paramedical personnel delivered the babies over a period of 15 hours in three operation theatres at the hospital. The first baby was born at 4 a.m. and the 26th at 7 p.m.
“All the babies and their mothers are doing well,” S. Dhanabagyam, who led the team of doctors during the delivery, said on Monday.
Though there were possibilities for a normal delivery, the clinic chose to perform Caesarian section for all the 19 mothers as they underwent the in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) to conceive, she said.
“It is also because of the age factor. Except four women, the remaining were aged above 30. There are a lot of risks involved in the normal delivery. In fact, one of the mothers is aged 50 and it was too risky for her to go in for normal delivery,” explained Dr. Dhanabagyam.
More than the age factor, it was the belief in auspicious time that led to the scheduling of all 19 deliveries on the same day. Most of the mothers insisted on having the delivery scheduled on May 23, the doctor said.
“We chose May 23 for the delivery as it was a very good day. We also did not want to take the risk of normal delivery because it was our first baby,” said 40-year-old G. Akila from Chennai. She was delivered of a boy.
“It is not about the total number of deliveries. It is really about the families and the babies. The 19 couples have waited so long for a baby and we wanted to make sure that the birth was less complicated,” said Dr. Dhanabagyam.
And it was not the first time for the doctors at the hospital to deliver so many babies on a single day. In 2008, they delivered 20 babies on a day.