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Good Sam Expects "Birthquake" as 11-11-11 Prompts Increased Planned Deliveries

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November 10, 2011

SAN JOSE, CA (11-10-11) — With numerologists and astrologists forecasting great things for babies born on Nov. 11, 2011, Good Samaritan Hospital is anticipating a noticeable uptick in the number of planned deliveries.

Labor and Delivery staff have dubbed the expected volume a "Birthquake."

While the hospital averages three planned deliveries on a typical Friday, almost a dozen women have scheduled induction or C-section deliveries that coincide with 11-11-11. Two women who had scheduled deliveries for Friday delivered without induction or surgery on Wednesday.

All planned deliveries are based on gestational development and the health of the mother and baby, based on clinical evaluation. Because infants who have completed their development in the womb have fewer health problems at birth, the hospital’s policy bars elective delivery at less than 39 weeks unless there is a medical reason.

Jane Parker RN, Vice-President of Women’s and Children’s Services, says, "We’re fully prepared to make sure our moms and babies are healthy and safe and for each family to have a meaningful, personal birth experience. This spike isn’t a tsunami, but it will definitely be a high volume day for us."

The first delivery is scheduled for 0730 (7:30 a.m.). The final scheduled delivery is slated for 1800 (6:00 p.m.). As it does every day, the hospital will also accommodate unscheduled deliveries. Hospital urban legends say deliveries increase around full moons and as stormy weather approaches, both of which are slated for Friday. Clinical studies are mixed.

The hospital has carefully scheduled staff in anticipation of the increased deliveries, including staffing for the Mother-Baby Unit and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. In addition to obstetricians in private practice who deliver at Good Sam, the hospital has an obstetrical hospitalist in-house 24/7 to deliver babies who may arrive before the mother’s obstetrician gets to the hospital or while the OB is caring for another patient. Good Sam also has anesthesiologists in-house 24/7 dedicated to Labor & Delivery to provide pain management services regardless of when a mother-to-be arrives at the hospital.

Numerologists and astrologers have widely ranging opinions about the significance of the date 11-11-11. Some numerology sources say that an "11" birth date influences a person’s intelligence, intuition and insight, indicating such potential may mean the individual achieves his/her greatest success later in life.

Techie-types have noted that 11-11-11 is the last all binary date on the calendar until Jan. 1, 2100.

About Good Samaritan Hospital
Good Samaritan Hospital is recognized regionally for it maternity and high risk obstetrical programs, including a Level III Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and pediatric surgery services. The hospital consistently receives the highest ratings from readers of Bay Area Parent magazine who name Good Sam as "the best place to have a baby." For more information, visit www.goodsamsanjose.com

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