The National – Tuesday, December 28, 2010
By ALISON ANIS
MORE than 20 babies were born on Christmas Day in the National Capital District.
A senior midwife at the Port Moresby General Hospital described Christmas Day activities as one of the busiest days at the maternity wing.
Sr Annette Semo said nurses and staff at the labour ward had worked hard to ensure the safe delivery of 24 healthy babies on Christmas Day.
“Our first Christmas baby was a bouncy baby girl weighing 4kg.
“The mother was admitted at about midnight and gave birth around 3am,” Semo said.
“Between midnight on Christmas Day to midnight on Sunday, we safely delivered 24 healthy babies,” she added.
Semo said they started receiving pregnant mothers late last Friday, on Christmas Eve and, by midnight on Christmas Day, the labour ward was so full that some mothers (including those experiencing labour pains and those who had given birth) were forced to sleep on bare floors at the reception area and along corridors due to a shortage of space.
“The situation is such that they had to wait and bear with the arrangement until beds were cleared at both wards before we could transfer them,” Semo said.
“Everyday is a busy day for us at the labour ward. We normally perform 30 deliveries a day.
“This Christmas was no exception as it was a busy time for us,” she added.
Seri Gorogo, from Porebada village in Central, has all the reason to be happy this Christmas.
He said the arrival of his daughter at 3am on Dec 25, Christmas Day, was the perfect gift.
Seri was minding the 4.9kg baby at the nursery centre while his wife underwent medical checks.
Rita Patrick, from Bereina in Central, said Christmas was truly a time when miracles happened.
She gave birth to a 3.3kg daughter around 7.30am on Christmas Day and thanked the Lord that her baby and herself were both well.