09 Dec '11, 3am

Private hospitals in Singapore are gearing up for a Year of the Dragon baby boom next year

Private hospitals in Singapore are gearing up for a Year of the Dragon baby boom next year

Among those expecting a Dragon baby is tutor Eileen Poon. She says her parents and in-laws are more excited than her about having a baby born in a Dragon year. -- ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM By Melissa Pang Private hospitals are gearing up for a Year of the Dragon baby boom next year, as some Chinese parents still believe that those born under this Chinese zodiac sign are ambitious, creative and successful. From renovating maternity wards to dangling discounts in blood cord storage, the hospitals are hoping to attract mothers-to-be. Raffles Hospital's Raffles Women's Centre is increasing its delivery facility, with extra space coming from rooms not in use or converted from other purposes. Related Links DRAGON BABIES THROUGH THE YEARS Background story Feng shui master Hui Jie says the dragon is regarded by the Chinese as auspicious. 'Historically, Chinese emperors wore robes em...

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