'111111' craze grips Korean moms

2011-11-09 14:17

Seoul - Expecting mothers in South Korea have inundated hospitals with requests for a Caesarean section delivery on November 11 to secure the unique life-long identity number of "111111" for their children, media reported on Wednesday.

The Korean Resident Registration Number, an identification number for all residents in Korea, is composed of 13 numbers with the first six numbers corresponding to the date of birth.

The number of appointments for c-section births on November 11 was 20% higher this year than previous years. Expecting mothers who are due even a week after the date have scheduled to give birth on November 11, Seoul Newspaper said.

"There's always people with due dates in January who want to deliver on the first of the month, but this seems more unusual - trying to set delivery so they can have the ID number 111111," a staffer at a maternity clinic was quoted as saying.

Novemebr 11 is known as Pepero Day, or Sweetest Day, in South Korea and is similar to Valentine's Day. It was named after the Korean snack Pepero, because the date 11/11 resembles five sticks of Pepero.

  • IrenĂ© - 2011-11-09 14:44

    pathetic- putting a random date ahead of your child's welfare- babies will come out when they are ready- why do we have to interfere with everything?? this is a sad joke.

      robert.cerff - 2011-11-09 15:08

      Well... people do it everyday by scheduling a C-Section. Don't think doctors would do it at an unsafe time for the baby. Although I still don't understand the elective C-Section. But hey, that's just me.

      Irené - 2011-11-09 15:11

      I have a problem with all non-emergency c-sections- and dont be so naive as to think that some doctors wont put convenience ahead of warning women about the true dangers and pains of c-section- c-sections are more lucrative, convenient for the doctors, but many perfectly healthy women are being coerced into major surgery because they do not understand childbirth

      SamuraiMama - 2011-11-10 07:37

      Tell you what, robert. The day that you can make the choice about whether YOU would opt for natural birth vs. elective C-section, you get to comment on it, ok? I personally had an elective C-section, and it was by far the best choice I could've made.

  • atomasicchio - 2011-11-09 14:58

    A gynae ultimate dream!

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  • Christopher - 2011-11-09 21:04

    they probably would also want the baby to be delivered at precisely 11 seconds and 11 minutes past 11 in the morning

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