Twins spread joy at St Jude
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.