Proud parents welcome New Year’s Day babies

2014-01-02 00:00

JOY was written all over the faces of the proud new parents who welcomed their precious bundles into the world on New Year’s Day at the Netcare Parklands Hospital maternity ward.

While The Witness was there yesterday, they were wriggling about, but there was not a single tear or scream from the little ones.

The new mothers clad in their gowns, putting all tiredness behind them, proudly cradled their babies to their bosoms, with the dads beaming alongside.

For the parents, this was the perfect start to 2014, they said.

First-time mother Kerisha Pillay (26) gave birth to a baby boy, who is still to be given a name. The baby was born at 4.30 am yesterday morning. “He’s a no-name brand today,” Pillay joked.

The baby’s arrival caught his parents by surprise since he was only due on Jan­uary 11.

Pillay started having contractions on New Year’s Eve around 7.30 pm while they were having a braai. “We went into panic mode as we dropped everything and rushed to the hospital.”

She said no words can describe how she’s feeling, and in the end the excruciating pain she went through during the delivery was all worth it.

“My son is okay. He’s more sleepy. I think he’s starting to be on the groove of being in the world,” she said.

Another couple from Umdloti, Garth and Claire Moffatt, who gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Isla, at around 1 pm yesterday, said they were happy that now they are going to be a family of four.

Dr Sonia Roopnarain, a Durban psychologist, said the feeling of giving birth to her son, Seth Pillay, was priceless and life changing.

“To hold him in your arms … I’ve had many achievements but to become a mother has been the best achievement for me.”

Her dream now is only to be the best mother who will raise a happy and healthy son.

• The KZN MEC for Health, Dr Sibongiseni Dhlomo welcomed seven new babies at Lower Umfolozi Memorial Hospital at Empangeni in northern Zululand yesterday.

Dhlomo said it was encouraging that the deaths of babies in KwaZulu-Natal has been declining in the last five years, from 40 in 2009 to 30 in 2011.

He said the province has put in place measures to mitigate maternal deaths, including the introduction of 38 specialised obstetric ambulances used for the transportation of pregnant women, and the deployment of district clinical specialist teams.

By 3 pm, 58 babies — 30 boys and 28 girls — had been born in hospitals across the province.

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