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China's schooling policy brings C-section rush
Publication Date : 02-09-2013
August marks the highest rate of delivery through caesarean section in China, local media reported.
Expectant mothers prefer to have their babies before September 1, even though their due dates might be later in the month.
The parents are rushing because of a policy that specifies that only children who have reached the age of six before September 1 can enrol in primary schools.
Babies born after the date will have to wait for another year before they are accepted into schools.
To ensure that their children get a head start in the competitive society, many parents opt for C-section to bring them to the world earlier.
A father told Jiangsu China portal that his daughter, who was originally due on August 31, was delivered via C-section on August 27.
The decision was made because he was worried that his wife would not go into labour on August 31, and that their baby would be born after the due date.
“If the baby was born a day after August 31, she had to wait for another year to start school and become the oldest in her class,” he said.
Nanhu Evening News reported an increase in the number of pregnant women admitted to Jiaxing Maternity and Child Care Hospital since August 20. The total of daily admission rose from 15 to 25.
Nonetheless, the hospital said it would only perform C-section on pregnant women who have shown signs of labour, or those who have met the necessary medical requirements.
“We will not entertain requests from those whose due dates are later than September 3,” the hospital’s ward director Dr Ai Ling said.
Yueyang Maternity and Child Care Hospital child care director Luo Tao cautioned that starting formal education too early might not be a good thing. He told Yueyang Daily that it might cause developmental harm to the children.
“Some parents focus too much on their children’s intellectual development, and neglect their social skills, self-control skills, ability to adapt to the environment and accumulation of general knowledge.
“When a child’s psychological development is far behind other children, his confidence will be affected and he might eventually lose interest in his studies,” he said.