I said this because your criticism was based on her having c-section for an auspicious day (at least this was what I understood from your first post and the following few posts by others), and those who decide to have a c-section have to choose a date anyway, and many Taiwanese might as well pick a day (auspicious or whatever) they want for that. I, as a Taiwanese, tolerate it if a would-be c-sectioned mother wants to choose an auspicious day for that, though I don’t agree with the auspicious-day thought. I focused this discussion on “her having c-section / auspicious day choice”, that’s why I said it was not fair to condemn her sternly that way, as I know many Taiwanese would pick auspicious dates to do things, such as getting married or burying dead bodies, etc., and even though I don’t believe that, I won’t condemn them sternly. Now does it make sense to you that I said “I, as a Taiwanese, don’t think it’s fair to criticize her that way.”?
Also, no offense here, but speaking of speculation, who quickly concluded the daughter deliberately wanted her baby born on her father’s birthday though she, her husband and her mother denied that? Of course it is possible they lied about it, but still, it is also speculation to conclude they definitely lied about this, isn’t it?
Mucha Man, Maoman and others,
If the baby was forced to be born 2-3 weeks earlier just “for the flatly irrelevant honor of being born on the same day as old grandpa”, then it is stupid, I totally agree. What kind of mother would put her baby at risk for such a stupid reason, especially both of the couple, and her husband’s younger brother, are all doctors? That is why I “speculate” the situation may not be exactly what you guys thought.
According to a news report from China Times on 09/27, Miss Chen’s doctor said she had had a problem on abnormal position of fetus (excuse me for my bad translation of these medical terms) in her early and mid-pregnancy (the first 35 weeks), so he had suggested Miss Chen to have c-section, but on the latest check her fetus’s position has turned normal, he continued, so the reason for c-section no longer existed, but he respected what the mother decided (he is pro natural delivery though). He also said he already told the mother the good and bad sides on both natural laboring and c-section: to experience the pain of labor in the former, and to take longer time to heal in the latter.
The report also said the doctor declined to comment if the due date was estimated on 10/23, instead he just said any due date was only estimation, and delivery within two weeks of a due date is considered a reasonable range. Another report from UND (10/12) said Chen delivered a baby at the 39 weeks of pregnancy by c-section, after beginning experiencing laboring. According to another report from China Times (10/07), the doctor said 39 weeks of pregnancy was reasonable (normally 38-42 weeks of pregnancy, B.B. added), and that the baby was in good shape though he was a bit light.
So my inference (or speculation) from the above reports: at first she was already prepared to have c-section on the back of the problem of fetus position, and then unwilling to change due to being afraid of the pain caused by laboring, like many other Taiwanese mothers who tend to have c-section. After she began to feel a bit laboring, they started to pick an auspicious day not far away, and 10/07 (her father’s birthday) happens to be a good and meaningful choice (to them).