72 ba­bies born on Christ­mas Day

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Melissa Makoto in Harare and Esi­nathy Sibanda in Bu­l­awayo

AT least 72 ba­bies were born on Christ­mas Day in four of the coun­try’s ma­jor hos­pi­tals.

Chi­tung­wiza and Mpilo cen­tral hos­pi­tals recorded the high­est num­ber of 20 ba­bies each, fol­lowed by Harare Cen­tral Hospi­tal which had 17 ba­bies.

Parireny­atwa Group of Hos­pi­tals’ Mbuya Ne­handa Ma­ter­nity Wing reg­is­tered 15 ba­bies.

“The first de­liv­ery was recorded at 1.10 AM on Christ­mas Day. We had a to­tal of 15 ba­bies and of these, nine are boys and six girls,” said an of­fi­cial from Parireny­atwa Group of Hos­pi­tals.

Harare Cen­tral Hospi­tal ma­ter­nity ma­tron Mrs Dade Pedzi­sai said of the 17 ba­bies, 11 were boys while six were girls.

“We had 11 nor­mal de­liv­er­ies and six cae­sarean sec­tions,” she said.

Ten girls and 10 boys were born Bu­l­awayo’s Mpilo Cen­tral Hospi­tal Christ­mas Day.

The hospi­tal’s ma­ter­nity ma­tron, Lo­ca­dia Go­tora, said: at on

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“Mpilo ma­ter­nity had 20 de­liv­er­ies on Christ­mas Day, start­ing at 12.10AM. Twelve of them were nor­mal de­liv­er­ies, while seven were de­liv­ered through the Cae­sarean sec­tion method,” said.

Sis­ter Go­tora said the 12 in­cluded a set of twins who were counted as one birth.

Baby Thobek­ile Bhebhe was born 10 min­utes into Christ­mas Day.

The big­gest baby weighed 3.99kg and was de­liv­ered through a Cae­sarean sec­tion.

The small­est baby weighed 1,37 kg and is one of the twins.

One of the moth­ers who spoke to our re­porter said she felt blessed to have de­liv­ered her baby on Christ­mas Day as this is a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion for her fam­ily.

Ms Kudzai Ton­hodzayi (35) of New Mag­wegwe in Bu­l­awayo, who de­liv­ered the big­gest baby, said:

“I’m thank­ful to God for giv­ing me a Christ­mas baby. It gives me great joy to know that my baby shares a birth­day with Christ and I pray that God guides him through his whole life. I now have three boys.”

Last year the same hos­pi­tals recorded 71 births on Christ­mas Day with Parireny­atwa com­ing tops at 23 ba­bies and Mpilo un­changed with 20 ba­bies born.

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