Northdale hospital records 23 Christmas babies

2010-12-27 00:00

NORTHDALE hospital’s maternity ward had a bumper Christmas Day on Saturday, recording the most hospital births (23) in the city.

Sister Rookmoney Pillay said they had a very busy day with “non-stop” births from 2 am onwards.

She said the 2 am baby was born to a non-clinical patient and their first clinical birth was recorded at 4 am.

“The last delivery was at 11 pm [on Christmas Day],” she said.

Of the 23 births, 12 were girls.

Pillay said six of the babies were delivered by caesarean section, but there were no major complications and “all went well”.

When The Witness arrived at the hospital shortly after noon yesterday, all but one of the mothers and Christmas babies had been discharged.

Twenty-four-year-old Bathokozisi Malembe of Mpophomeni happily posed for the camera while cradling Siyethemba, her first child.

The soft-spoken Malembe told The Witness that she was delighted with her new bundle of joy.

Northdale hospital had Christmas babies in abundance, most other hospitals in the city were relatively quiet.

Edendale hospital saw 21 babies born over Christmas. Of those, eleven were girls. The first baby arrived at 2.10 am.

St Anne’s hospital had one Christmas baby — a boy born at 2.40 am.

Midlands hospital recorded no Christmas births this year, while Medi-Clinic just managed to squeeze in a birth at 10 pm.

The only Christmas Day baby recorded at Grey’s hospital was a girl who arrived at 2 am.

In what has become something of a tradition for the provincial department of Health, MEC Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo visited Durban’s Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Hospital on Saturday to congratulate all mothers on their Christmas babies.

In a statement which emphasised the department’s commitment to quality newborn and maternal services, Dr Dhlomo said: “Of all the people impacted by the poor health outcomes, the children and expecting mothers are foremost in the minds of our government and the department in particular.

“It is no surprise, therefore, that we are concentrating our efforts on improving maternal and child care in public health facilities.”

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