Friday, July 12, 2024

More women say they self-delivered babies after midwives disappeared

The most shocking detail in the Princess Marina Referral Hospital incident is that a labouring woman delivered her baby while an irritable midwife lounged on a couch just outside her ward. Many more women say that the incident is actually a common occurrence at not just Marina but other government hospitals. At Marina particularly and in one too many instances, the self-delivery happens as midwives lounge on what by all accounts is their favourite hang-out spot: a brown couch outside the maternity ward.

Pixel Bunas Madisa summarises this situation with deeply troubling resignation that some other women share: “Ko Marina re a ipelegisaHa o le lucky nnana wa tshela.” The Setswana means that “We self-deliver our babies at Marina and if you are lucky, the baby will live.”

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