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Newborns Bring Extra Joy To Mother’s Day Mums

Midwife, Alumita Cataki, was by her side during the delivery, encouraging and helping her throughout it all. Ms Singh’s husband could not be there, because visitors to the ward were not allowed because of COVID-19 safety precautions.
11 May 2020 12:53
Newborns Bring Extra Joy To Mother’s Day Mums
First time Mum, Sonam Singh with her newborn son at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on May 10, 2020. Photo: Kelera Sovasiga

Mother’s Day was made extra special for mums when they gave birth to their newborns yesterday.

In Suva, 30-year-old Sonam Singh welcomed her baby boy at 9.50 am.

Originally her due date was on May 1, but yesterday’s delivery came as a welcomed surprise.

“The amount of pain during childbirth was worth that special feeling when a mother holds her newborn child in her arms for the first time,” she said.

Midwife, Alumita Cataki, was by her side during the delivery, encouraging and helping her throughout it all. Ms Singh’s husband could not be there, because visitors to the ward were not allowed because of COVID-19 safety precautions.

“This is the best Mother’s Day gift. My husband could not be here and I was a bit scared, but the staff here took really good care of me and I felt at ease” Ms Singh said.

“The role of a mother would come with many responsibilities and I am looking forward to this journey God has allowed me to experience.

“A mother plays the most important role in a child’s life and nurtures the child with all the love and care,” she said.

She also wished all mothers a happy Mother’s Day yesterday.

Two mums in Labasa

Two mothers welcomed their newborns at the Labasa Hospital yesterday.

Vani Sokomuri, 37, was relived to be holding her child yesterday morning, making her a mother of six. She travelled to Labasa to visit her widowed mother early in March and had to stay there because of the lockdown.

Mrs Sokomuri said: “I started to have contractions at 11pm on Saturday night, but decided to wait for the morning.

“But was awoken by contractions at 2am and the intervals were more frequent, I could not wait any longer, that’s when we had to make our way to Labasa Hospital,” she said.

“It was during the curfew hours, but because my case was an emergency, the Police officers at the various checkpoints allowed us to pass.

“I am so thankful and indebted to the Fiji Police Force and the officers on duty who helped me and my family through the checkpoints.

“When we got to the hospital, the nurses prepped me for labour and together we delivered my sixth child and second baby boy safely by 6.50am.

“We haven’t named our son yet as I am waiting for my husband who is a Prison Officer at the Nasinu Prison.”

Ms Sokokmuri’s newborn weighed four kilograms, with a length of 59 centimetres.

Vani Sokomuri with her newborn son at the Labasa Hospital on May 10,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Vani Sokomuri with her newborn son at the Labasa Hospital on May 10,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

At the same hospital, a 37 year-old mother gave birth to her son, 14 years after her last child was born.

Santa Mani of Wavuwavu, Labasa already has two daughters. Her eldest is already in her first year of nursing school, while her second daughter is a Year Nine student.

“My husband and my daughters have been anticipating the arrival of my newborn son, and it is the best gift ever for Mother’s Day,” Ms Mani said.

Santa Mani and her newborn son at the Labasa Hospital on May 10,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

Santa Mani and her newborn son at the Labasa Hospital on May 10,2020. Photo: Laisa Lui

God-given Mother’s Day gift at Nadi Hospital

Forty-four-year-old Suluana Luvu Cakau gave birth to her fourth child at 5:10am yesterday, calling him a special Mother’s Day gift from God.

Ms Cakau said her son was the second baby born at the Nadi Hospital on Mother’s Day. He weighed 4.54 kilograms at the time of birth.

The hospital confirmed that between midnight and 10.30am, four babies were born at the hospital’s maternity unit.

Originally from Uto Village in Nadi, Ms Cakau said: “My son is yet to be named by his father. This Mother’s Day is a special day for me because I received the best gift from God and that is my baby boy.

“To me, this Mother’s Day signifies a bond of love between a mother and her child. That love started from a womb till death separates us,” she said.

Suluana Cakau with her baby boy at maternity ward at the Nadi Hospital on May 10, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Suluana Cakau with her baby boy at maternity ward at the Nadi Hospital on May 10, 2020. Photo: Mereleki Nai

Edited by Jonathan Bryce

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