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Hospitals gear up for expected boom of Year of the Horse babies

Published on Feb 3, 2014 8:11 AM

Hospitals are gearing up for a Year of the Horse baby boom, given the belief that those born under this Chinese zodiac sign are energetic, intelligent and strong.

Raffles Hospital is preparing for a 10 per cent surge in the number of babies born there. Singapore General Hospital, which sees about 2,200 expectant mothers every year, expects a 3 per cent to 5 per cent jump.

Even Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong had said on Wednesday how he was pinning his hopes on this year's shuang chun or "double spring", as Valentine's Day coincides with chap goh mei, the 15th day of Chinese New Year.

Chap goh mei marks the end of Chinese New Year, and some also consider it as the Chinese Valentine's Day, when women would hurl oranges into a river in the hope of landing a good husband.

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A lot of Chinese idioms say good things about the horse and we are all very pleased that she made her grand entrance this year.

- Mr Terence Ng, with wife Diana Tan, 32, and newborn daughter Danielle Sage Ng