Doctors: Health more important than New Year's birth

December 31, 2010 8:23:13 PM PST
Some parents consider it an honor to have a New Year's baby, but moms and physicians just want a healthy birth.

"I think people just like the title of it probably. You know, first baby of the new year," said mother Erica King.

This year it might be even more special because parents could claim their baby's birth date is 1-1-2011.

Dr. Susan Murrey at Adventist Hinsdale Hospital says some women have pressured her to hold off their due date.

"We're used to that pressure," Murrey said. "They're very reasonable once you explain to them why we should or should not do something, you know, then they understand and then they realize the reasons why we choose not to do inductions on certain days."

There are some parents who want their baby before the clock strikes midnight for the tax break incentive.

Joy and Kevin O'Reilly are expecting their third child any minute, and their friends have been reminding them about the financial benefits.

"I can't deny that we haven't thought about it or heard about it. Every single person we've texted has said, 'Oh push hard because you want the baby coming out before midnight tonight for money," expectant mother Joy O'Reilly said. "That will be perfect if that happens but not a major incentive at all."

Whether it's claiming a neat birthday for a lifetime or just getting more money back from the government, the moms who we spoke to agreed: they just wanted a healthy baby and they wanted the nine months to be over.

"Definitely ready to be done being pregnant," Joy O'Reilly said. "The end of the year December 31st is perfect."

Joy and Kevin O'Reilly had their baby later on Friday. His name is Seamus, and he's 7 pounds, 3 ounces.

"I think it's just a blessing when ever they want to come when they're there, they're there to me it doesn't matter," Erica King said.

Come January 3, six Illinois hospitals will end elective deliveries prior to 39 weeks.

While it might be convenient for a doctor or an expectant mother, many physicians say it is too risky because a baby is not fully developed until the final weeks of pregnancy.