Twins spread joy at St Jude

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

For the staff of the Ma­ter­nity Ward at St Jude Hospi­tal, 2017 has started with dou­ble the ex­cite­ment and dou­ble the fun.

The hospi­tal de­liv­ered two sets of twins within two days in the first week of the new year.

“We’ve never had two sets of twins be­ing born at St Jude Hospi­tal just one day apart,” said Mid­wife and Ma­ter­nity Ward Charge Nurse Ju­lia Vi­talis. “Twins usu­ally come weeks or months apart so the en­tire ward was ab­so­lutely ec­static.”

The first set of twins was born on Jan­uary 5 to Tan­nisha Jules of Grand Ravine, Den­nery. The bounc­ing baby boys were de­liv­ered at ap­prox­i­mately 1:02pm and 1:06pm weigh­ing five pounds five ounces and five pounds three ounces re­spec­tively.

The nurses were ini­tially ex­pect­ing a sin­gle de­liv­ery but quickly re­alised that they were deal­ing with twins. “They came as a com­plete sur­prise since the mother was un­di­ag­nosed,” Nurse Vi­talis said.

Nurse Vi­talis ex­plained that Ms. Jules did not have an ul­tra­sound scan dur­ing her preg­nancy and so she, too, was taken by sur­prise to learn that she was hav­ing twins.

Late evening the fol­low­ing day, Jan­uary 6, the se­cond set of twins was de­liv­ered via Ce­sarean sec­tion. How­ever, on this oc­ca­sion the nurses had more time to pre­pare.

The mother, Ar­cilia Poleon of Pier­rot, Vieux Fort, had un­der­gone an ul­tra­sound scan and was ea­gerly await­ing the ar­rival of her two bun­dles of joy.

The first baby, a healthy boy, was de­liv­ered at 9:46 p.m. weigh­ing four pounds, seven ounces. One minute later he was joined by his sis­ter who tipped the scale at four pounds six ounces.

Both moth­ers and their ba­bies have been dis­charged from the hospi­tal and are all do­ing well.

St Jude Hospi­tal pre­sented the moth­ers with ham­pers con­tain­ing baby sup­plies.

Al­most 50 par­tic­i­pants re­cently com­pleted Life Skills I and II Cour­ses - Pro­duc­tiv­ity En­hance­ment Train­ing (PET) to­wards at­tain­ing Na­tional Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion with the Caribbean Vo­ca­tional Qual­i­fi­ca­tion (CVQ) Pro­gramme.

The course, of­fered by the Na­tional Skills De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre (NSDC), in­cluded fo­cus ar­eas in stress man­age­ment, team­work, crit­i­cal think­ing, work ethic and con­flict res­o­lu­tion, among oth­ers.

The Life Skills Course is one of sev­eral in a 12-month train­ing pro­gramme: Sound Waves - Trans­form­ing Youth at Risk through Mu­sic Project ex­e­cuted by the Cul­tural De­vel­op­ment Foun­da­tion (CDF) with sup­port from the Caribbean De­vel­op­ment Bank (CDB), Saint Lu­cia So­cial De­vel­op­ment Fund (SSDF), the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Cul­ture and the Cre­ative In­dus­tries as well as the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic (SLSM).

Dur­ing an ex­er­cise mark­ing the end of the Life Skills Course in De­cem­ber, 2016, Train­ing Fa­cil­i­ta­tor at the NSDC, Ch­eryl Loc­tar high­lighted that “stu­dents were re­ally em­brac­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“They were pas­sion­ate about mu­sic so I in­cor­po­rated mu­sic into the pro­gramme,” she said. “I al­lowed them op­por­tu­ni­ties to per­form skits to il­lus­trate their learn­ing.”

She added that the pre­sen­ta­tions taught par­tic­i­pants the value of team work, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, con­flict res­o­lu­tion, cop­ing skills and self-es­teem.

Spe­cial guests in­cluded the for­mer Di­rec­tor of the Borde­lais Cor­rec­tional Fa­cil­ity, now Di­rec­tor of Ad­min­is­tra­tion at Mon­roe Col­lege, Mr Gus Small; Mrs Sy­d­wina Alexan­der, Hu­man Re­source Man­ager at the Saint Lu­cia Bureau of Stan­dards; Nurse Pa­tri­cia Modeste from the Saint Lu­cia Planned Par­ent­hood As­so­ci­a­tion, and Mr Irvin “Ace” Loc­tar, singer, song­writer and busi­ness­man.

Guest speak­ers were each pre­sented with a bird feeder as a to­ken of ap­pre­ci­a­tion from the Sound Waves Class of 2016. They had been hand-crafted by An­thony Cadasse, one of the par­tic­i­pants from the vil­lage of Anse La Raye.

The project recom­mences fol­low­ing the end-of-year hol­i­day break on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 1 at the Saint Lu­cia School of Mu­sic where stu­dents will be tu­tored in Mu­sic The­ory, Mu­sic Per­for­mance Lev­els 1 & 2 and Record­ing En­gi­neer­ing.

New moth­ers Tan­nisha Jules (left) and Ar­cilia Poleon with their bun­dles of joy!

NSDC Train­ing Fa­cil­i­ta­tor Ch­eryl Loc­tar (cen­tre) en­cour­ages stu­dents to use mu­sic as part of the Sound Waves pro­gramme.

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