Joyce looked forward to delivering her first baby when she walked into the Faza Subcounty Hospital in Lamu East in labour. She took the intense labour pains in great stride and courage for she was knew it was time to hold her bundle of joy in her hands.
The only problem is, she, like many other women in Lamu and across the country, had sought the services of a traditional midwife. Unfortunately, Joyce came to discover that the pains were not from labour but rather from the decaying remains of the baby in her womb.
It was so hard for her to imagine that the nine months of grumpiness, cravings, stretch marks and all that had been for nothing.
Dr Zubeir explains, Joyce’s baby died after his head was twisted during a belly massage and the placenta detached from the uterus, this is a deadly scenario for both the baby and the mother. The medic said there is a limit to what traditional midwives can do to a pregnant woman at any given time, but it would be better if the belly remains untouched until they go to the hospital for deliveries.Follow us in social media: