Every year, hospitals and media outlets go crazy about the first baby born in the new year. Apparently parent’s also strive for this honor and maybe even plan their births around the midnight countdown. Some even try to squeeze out the baby just before the ball drops, so they can claim the child on their 2007 taxes.
For babies whose births coincide with the changing of the calendar, there’s a financial interest for parents: Children born before Jan. 1 can be declared as dependents on 2007 tax filings. A nursing staff member at Inova Alexandria Hospital said a mother decided to deliver 15 minutes before midnight to make that deadline. But, she added, the safety of the child is always the primary concern.
Of course of course, the child’s safety! It’s a little absurd what people are willing to plan their births around these days. The mother mentioned above who decided to deliver 15 minutes early must have had a c-section, otherwise she has amazing control of her own body.
Apparently one couple even stole the new years baby title two years in a row.