Leap Year Day Knowledge Base
Altered Birth Certificates
Is altering a birth certificate illegal? Oh yes! and something needs to be done to stop it!
Estelle Crawford of Washington, USA born 1944 at 11:55pm
I have only meet one other person born on the same day and year, that person was a twin, but I never met the twin. My mother wanted the doctors to change my birthdate to March 1, 1944, since she felt I was born closer to March 1 than February 28, 1944, she thought it would be better to change the date. Lucky for me the doctor refused. I love being a leapyear baby. Every year that doesn't have a leap year, my mother calls me on March 1st and wishes me a happy birthday and I of course, remind her, that she is late, since I was not born in March.
Mary Carolyn Brown of California, USA born 1948 at 1800
When I was born, the doctor asked my mother if she wanted to change my birthdate to Feb. 28 or March 1 but my mother said, "That's not her birthday. Its Feb. 29!" - Way to go Ma!
Larry Hollingsworth of Texas, USA born 1944 at 120AM
My mother tried to have the doctor change the time so I would not have a leap year birthday.
Alice Middleton of Indiana, USA born 1948 at 12:24 am
My mother did not want me to be born on Leap Day and asked the doctor to hurry me up or delay until March 1st. As you can see, I knew I was important. As the oldest of 11 children I was lucky to have an odd birthdate so it is easy for siblings to remember it.
Gerald McKenzie of Selkirk, Ontario, Canada born 1936 at p.m.
Mother didn't appreciate me being born on "leap" day, and wanted the Doctor to change it. Of course he couldn't and wouldn't. Its been a lot of fun and conversational over the years, especially getting married at 4 1/2 .
Melissa Smith of Mississippi, USA born 1952 at 6:00AM
The elderly doctor who delivered me in south Alabama considered it bad luck to be born on Leap Year and tried to falsify my birth certificate. I'm glad he didn't succeed!
Paula Robazek of Wisconsin, USA born 1952
My mother did not want me to be born on Leap Day and often apologized for me being born that day. I have always felt it was special to have February 29th as my birthday and am proud to be a Leap Year baby. This year I am officially a teenager - 13. In High School there was a boy with the same birthday as mine. He is the only other Leap Year baby I have ever known. To be a Leap Year baby means you are forever young!!!!
Pastor (Mrs.) Lydia Okon of Lagos, Nigeria born 1952 at 7.00am
My mum said she wished that I be born on the 28th February, to enable me celebrate my birthday yearly. Its fun, as this has made me a very Special child,in my family, town, country and the entire world. I met someone 4yrs older than me, one 8yrs younger and one who is 4yrs younger than me - here in Nigeria.
Theresa (Terry) Ritchal Wilson of Illinois, USA born 1952 at 2:30 P.M.
I was born in Wichita, Ks. There were 8 other people born on that day.5 of us were deliverd by Dr.Jay Kay Wisdom...He refused to sign our birth certificates until March 1....The reason he gave me was "I only get one day off every 4years..and you kids came on that day off..." Last member of 29'ers club Pittsburg Headlight Sun Pittsburg, Ks.
Noah Lowery of Tennessee, USA born 2004 at 3:03 pm
I was initially upset that my little one was born on Leap Day! However after reading all of the fun stuff on this website, I am getting excited that his birthday is on such a special day! Thanks for your help! Melinda and Noah Lowery
Keaton Matthew of Michigan, USA born 2004 at 6PM
My son was due on 2-29-04. The doctor asked me if I wanted to change the due date. I said no and that I thought it was a neat due date. I thought a Leap Day Baby would be really neat, but he was due then and what are the odds of coming on your due date? Well, contractions started the morning of February 29th. I thought well, it might happen after all. Keaton was born at 6PM, right on his due date, Leap Day!
Mollie Anne Simmons of Massachusetts, USA born 2004 at 7:02 PM
I was due to be born on March 18, my parents were hoping for March 17, St. Patrick's day, as we are Irish. My parents were joking on Feb 28 and said "as long as she is not born tomorrow, she can come anytime!" I fooled them!
Matthew John Cain of South Shields, England, UK born 2004 at 2323
Well as you can see I have still not had a real birthday yet! When my mom found out I was due around 29 Feb, she was determined I wasn't going to be born on that day - then my mom went into labour late on 28 Feb and she just knew I was going to be a leap year baby! We are really happy I have a leap year birthday now - it just makes me even more special - and I made it into the local paper when I was only hours old!!!
Audrie Winer of Maryland, USA born 1956 at 12:11 am
My mother cried (during labor) when the doctor said I was going to be born on the 29th instead of the 28th. Then she cried that day when the newspaper came out without my picture and a story.
Cathy Dougherty of Florida, USA born 1956 at 12:30am
Happy Birthday Leap Year Babies. My mother begged the doctor to turn my b-day into the 28th. He couldn't because it was too far past 12:00 a.m. I'm glad because I really feel special and get lots of attention on my leap year birthdays!
John Duprie of Michigan, USA born 1956 at 12:30am
I was born just after midnight. So they but 11:45pm as birth time. I think a lot of people have that done too.
Jan Canevari of California, USA born 1956 at 12:54 am
My parents did not want me to be born on Leap Day and I find that it has always been fun and unusual. I love it!
John Huffman of Ohio, USA born 1956 at 2:00 a.m.
Yeah I know one friend in particular who has a Leap Day b.d. and know of some other friends of friends. He said something like his mother's doctor said she had to choose either 2/28 or 3/1 for his birth certificate! What the hell is up w/that? *Idiot* doctor.
Steve Horton of Michigan, USA born 1956 at 0200
I can't believe people think it's bad to be born on this day. A nurse friend told me justt last night that they had a mother come in on feb 27, she wanted to have her labor induced so that she was sure not to have a leap year baby. What a rip off!!!!
Leslie Ernest Hand of Florida, USA born 1956 at 12:30am
I met and worked with one other person, and he died in the last couple of years. when I worked with him in 1976, and he was 16 and I was 5 in leap years. The following story has been told leap year after leap year; When my mother was pregnant with me, my dad's brother's wife (my Aunt was also pregnant). My uncle wanted their baby to be born on Leap day, and my mom didn't, and as you can now see I was and she wasn't. My cousin Sherry was born 12 days later, and we are closest cousins in my two families.
Shayla Spires of California, USA born 2004 at 5:26 AM
I am registering my daughter who was born this year (2004) on Feb. 29th. At first I was not too thrilled about it, but now I realize it's just one more thing that makes her so special.
Steven Kent Silvia of Massachusetts, USA born 2004 at 6:32 AM
Hello, My name is Leslie Silvia and my son was born on Leap Day, my due date was March 20, 2004. My husband and I bought our first house on February 12, 2004 and we decided that we would wait until February 28, 2004 to move in. That would give us time to paint, clean and do whatever we needed to do to get the house ready. So February 28th comes and we move in. I was very tired so all I wanted was to make sure my bed was set up. So I went to bed around 9:00PM and at 3:00AM my water breaks. I hop in the shower only to realize I didn’t have anything to wash with or a towel to dry off with because they were all packed in boxes. My husband was rummaging through boxes to find me some soap and a towel. On my way out the door I realize it was Leap Day. At first I did not want my baby born on Leap Day, I thought of when his birthday would be. But then I realized that we would just have to have 2 Birthdays for him each year and when it is a Leap Year he will have one really Big Birthday. Well needless to say, my son Steven Kent Silvia was born February 29, 2004 @ 6:32AM.
Irene Louise Mursu of Minnesota, USA born 2004 at 7:29 AM
When my mom went to the hospital at 9:00 p.m. on February 28, she thought she would have things taken care of by midnight and avoid a Leap Day Baby. I showed her my independent spirit and decided to arrive at 7:30 Leap Day morning -- a testament to my strong will.
Alec Merchan of California, USA born 2004 at 8:54 a.m
My mom did not want to have me on the 29th, so she decided to get induced. Then she changed her mind...she thought "he will choose the best day" ... and I did, Feb. 29th, 2004!
Drago of California, USA born 2004 at 9:06 am
My Name is Lisa, my son Drago is a Leaper, this year will be his 1st/4th birthday. I have never met anyone else born on Leap day. When I found out I was pregnant with my son my original due date was Feb 29th, we thought it was funny but as I got further along they moved my due date back to Feb 16th and I was glad because I thought the whole leap thing would be weird and confusing. I think it must have been fate because my cute, quirky, lovable little guy ended up coming 2 weeks late and landed right on Leap Day where it seems he was meant to be. He is at the age now where I would like to teach him about Leap Day, his Bday is coming up and I'd like to do something fun for him and his preschool class that day and am looking for any suggestions. Thanks, Lisa
Harley of Hawaii, USA born 2004 at 9:33 AM
Aloha, I'm Jackie, I gave birth to my daughter on the leap year 2004. My due date wasn't until March 07, but I had a seizure and my pregnancy was induced. When I had found out that this year was a leap year and that my due date was near that day, I was a little worried that there was a possibility that it might land on that day. At first I didn't want my daughter to have a birthday that came only every 4 years, but then I realized after I gave birth that it's special, because of the chances of being born on that day are slim. And I am so proud that my daughter is one of the few, it only makes her evem more SPECIAL!!!
CONGRATULATIONS to all you other leapers!!! This confused people, so I think next year I'll just say "The 29th" and let them ask further if they want. Yay for Leap Day babies!!
Jaime Joslin of Wisconsin, USA born 2004 at 11:55am
My due date was leap day! I had received lots of comments on how weird that would be, and a few that thought that it would be great. I didn't think that I would have her on my due date, as everyone had told me that it doesn't happen often. I thought that it would be really neat. as the day came near, I was very nervous, Jaime is my first child. On the 28th, my husband and I took a mile walk around 10:00 pm. I really wanted to have her on leap day! We came home, watched a movie and went to bed. I sat straight up in bed with pains at 2:15am. I new that it was time. I went to the hospital at 6:00am and gave birth at 11:55am. the labor wasn't bad at all. I was pretty lucky to have had her on leap day. I think that it is really special. I hope she thinks the same when she's older.:)
Brookelynn Fleming of Michigan, USA born 2004 at 2pm
My daughter was not due for another 4 weeks when she decided it was leap day and no holding her back. She was the only baby born in St. Clair County Michigan. She was 4 weeks early weighing in at 8lbs 9 ozs. Her grandmother was telling me she WILL NOT be born today. As today she has a birthday every year on the 28 and is spoiled rotten.
Grace Annamaria Holden of Massachusetts, USA born 2004 at 2:15pm
I was due on April Fool's Day, but thought Leap Year Day would be more fun!!!!! Mommy was very sad at first, thinking I'd get cheated out of birthdays, but we soon found out I actually get more celebrations than anyone! I can't wait to turn 1 this year!!!!! We will be having a 'Frog Prince' themed party...because I love Princesses, so we had to work them in somehow!
Christopher Hale of Ohio, USA born 2004 at 3:26 p.m.
I would just like to say that Christopher is my son and I think this is so cool and unique that he was born on Leap Day! My other son was born on February 28th 2000 and he was almost a Leap Year baby, and I had a choice to have his birthday either on February 28th or February 29th. I chose the 28th of course, but if I knew that my second son was going to be born on Leap Day I would have had two Leap Year babies. So how neat that would have been.
Joan Gardner of South Carolina, USA born 1932 at ?
Yesterday I had a physical before having cataract surgery next week. The person administering the exam said I never met a Leap year person before. She then asked if she could tell her son who just that very morning heard about leap year babies and thought how terrible to have only one party in four years. I told him I get to celebrate two days every three years (the 28th and March 1st).
Nicole Hales of UK born 2004 at 6.59 am
I am registering my daughter, its nice to find a whole site dedicated to this as we were getting a little worried about how to explain it to her. We will celebrate on 1st March this year as in a 'normal' year she would have been born in March.
Charlotte Dear Wolff of Indiana, USA born 1952 at 1800
I've only met three others who were born on leap year day..a set of twins, a cab driver in NYC and amazingly just found out that a coworker is a Leaper. Turns out her birth certificate was altered to March first and has always been celebrated then by family but she KNEW in her heart she was a leaper and held February 29 as her true day.
Cynthia of California, USA born 1948 at PM
My mother always told me that I was a month overdue and when she went to the hospital on February 29th she told the Nuns that there was no damn way she was having her baby on LEAPYEAR!!! I guess you shouldn't swear in a Catholic Hospital! I was indeed born on the 29th! It has always amazed me how many people notice that date on my ID. At the market, the DMV, almost anywhere I have to show my ID, someone always asks when I celebrate or how old am I really? I get a kick out of it!
Sharon Potts of Texas, USA born 1956 at 5:15 am
I was born on the 29th of February 1956, in Roswell NM. I was born in the hospital at Walker Air Force Base. My mom has told me she had to send back my birth certificate because they put the 28th on it. My boyfriend is alway telling me that I am the one that got away. It is kinda strange to be born not only on the 29th but to also be born in Roswell NM. I have never met anyone else born on the 29th but have met people who know someone born on that day.
Mary Klimchak Jelinek of Queens, New York, USA born 1920
I am entering this for my mother, Mary Klimchak Jelinek, who was born on Feb 29, 1920 in the small town of Jarembina, Slovakia. She came to the US at the age of two, and only recently discovered through a Slovak birth certificate that she was a leap year baby. Her "20th" birthday is being celebrated as I write this today, Feb. 29, 2000.
Jill of Virginia, USA born 1956 at 9:12 pm
As my mom was in the delivery room, she told me that she said over and over that she would not have a baby born on February 29th. Well, her wish almost came true as I was born at 9 pm. I am so glad that I didn't wait 3 more hours. As I get older, I find that it is more fun being a Leap Year Baby. This is an early "Happy Birthday" to all fellow Leapers. Have fun on your special day!!
Check this out...
I received an email that addresses a subject I think is worth sharing. Below is a copy of that email, with permission from who sent it to me, and my response is below that. - Raenell
Hi! I am a fellow Leap Year Baby (1980), I love it. My boss found out the other day and she said that her son was almost born on Leap year (2000) and that she had to pick either the 28th or the 1st if that were to happen. Isn't that crazy? The doctors said it screwed up databases and computer systems. Have you heard of this?
Oh my! You have just pressed one of my major Leap Day *Buttons* and I will do my best to keep from staying on my Leap Day Soap Box for too long. :o) (but be warned - Her Royal Leapness is passionate about this!)
Yes, I have heard of that. This is Raenell from Leapyearday.com. There are several members of the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies who tell of such stories.
Some tell of the doctor or nurse suggesting the parent allow them to put the date of Feb 28 or Mar 1 on the birth certificate, and would give the parent the choice.
Others tell of their parent making the request to the doctor or nurse to put one of the alternate dates.
Parents of Leap Day Babies have even shared with us that they are the ones who made the suggestion for their little Leaplings birth certificate.
Most of them say their reason is to protect the child from the problems the date of Feb 29 will bring into their lives. I have a list of just a few of the things we Leap Day babies have gone through. The following was told to us by members of the Honor Society of Leap Day Babies (HSOLDB):
- There are 2 women in the HSOLDB who are trying to get their birth certificate corrected from one of the alternate dates to February 29, the actual day they were born on.
- There are members who say they have a birth certificate with February 29 on it, and a drivers license with one of the alternate dates. Too many Leap Day Babies let that happen. Don't take a drivers license with someone else's birth date on it. It's not right. There is no reason we can't have the correct date of birth on our drivers license. (The reasons they give are not acceptable) (Period)
- Some have February 29 on their birth certificate and were not told they were born on that date until later in life. One member said she was 13 when she found out. Another said they were an adult.
- There are many members of the HSOLDB with a drivers license that has one of the alternate dates on it. All because their government agency, the Department of Motor Vehicles, doesn't have a computer system that accounts for this extra day happening.
We don't have to do things like that. This extra day has been happening every four years (with the exceptions, of course) for OVER TWO THOUSAND YEARS! Since before JESUS!
It's about time the government agencies, and everyone else, program their computer programs for Leap Day. It's just going to keep happening... every four years. Why do we keep making it so hard on everyone.
The problem is that people just don't know what this day is and why it's there. I want to change that.
People have complained about this date and I understand their complaints. They need to understand though, that if this extra day doesn't exist, our calendar will be out of balance with the seasons.
That's why I do what I do. One of my missions in life is to bring about Leap Year Day Awareness (LYDA). We haven't had the proper education on the subject so people see it as a nuisance instead of something worthy of celebration.
February 29 is on the calendar for one reason. To keep the calendar in balance with the seasons so we can have the same seasons at the same time each year.
February 29 also has a name. It's called Leap Day, or Leap Year Day. And it is spelled with lower case letters. Well, if Leap Day is the Name of this day, then it deserves to have the first letters capitalized just like New Years Day is, and Groundhog Day.
But alas, it's not even on the calendar anyway! This is another mission that people tease me about (and that's OK, I can handle it) February 29 deserves to have the words Leap Day written in that box. If they can put Groundhog Day in print, then Leap Day is to be in print also. For if it were not for that extra day, we wouldn't be able to predict, with such precision, when to expect that groundhog!
I'm not going to cure any major diseases on these little missions'O'mine, nor am I going to achieve world peace. Accomplishing those things are not my goal. I do this because it deserves to be done. I think God put the passion for it in my heart. I'm glad because I'm having fun with it.
I've been asked if I would be this passionate about it if I were not born on Leap Day. Well, I'll never know that. I do know that when I did research on why my birthday wasn't on the calendar, I found some really interesting facts about February 29.
I wondered why it doesn't get the attention it deserves. It's because people don't understand what it is. So, that's where I come in. I want to educate the world on why we have this extra day, February 29, Leap Day.
I have been accused of doing this for therapy because I don't *get* a birthday and it's been said that I am just trying to get attention. Both couldn't be further from the truth. First of all, I, we Leap Day babies, *get* a birthday. We just don't always celebrate it ON our birth date. Second, I don't want the calendar to say Raenell Dawn Day. I want it to say Leap Year Day.
It's frustrating at times. Mostly though, I'm really having a lot fun spreading Leap Year Day Awareness. Some people just don't get it at all, and others do. The ones that do, make up for the ones that don't.
I'd like to encourage my fellow Leap Day babies to call up the elementary schools in your area and offer to volunteer to talk about Leap Day to one of their classes this year. I've done this. It was great fun. When, back in LY1996, I told a 3rd grade class of 9 year olds that I was 9 too you should have seen all the little faces looking up at me from the floor. We had a good time with it.
Education is the key. And no, it's not rocket science. So just have fun with it. Learn about it for yourself before you go into any classrooms. Be ready. There are some pages on our website that will be very helpful in that area.
You may also contact me if you'd like. I'm always happy to hear from people, and to help in this area. If you do anything, like go into schools, or do something else, to spread Leap Year Day Awareness, I hope you'll share it with us.
I Leap, therefore I am,