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Santa’s babies

By LAUREL WILLIAMS Thursday, December 26 2013

SANTA CLAUS will have to find at least nine extra gifts in 12 months time following news that eight babies were born on Christmas Day at the Port-of-Spain General Hospital, three at the San Fernando General Hospital and one at the Sangre Grande Hospital.

Newsday was told that up to three o’clock yesterday afternoon, five girls and three boys had been safely delivered at the city hospital and the newborn babies and their mothers are all resting comfortably.

However, Newsday was informed that sometime shortly after midnight, one woman had walked into the hospital with two children in her arms — a boy and girl.

It was reported the woman apparently had the twins on her way to the hospital. One of the children had their umbilical cord still attached upon admittance. Unfortunately, the baby boy was pronounced dead on arrival. His sister and the mother both said to be stable up to press time.

In the southland, less than an hour after Trinidad and Tobago joined with other countries worldwide to celebrate Christmas Day, Sharon Baptiste of Penal delivered a healthy baby girl at the San Fernando General Hospital.

The newborn, to be named Treasure Wilkey, was one of three “Christmas babies” to be delivered naturally at the hospital up to midday yesterday. Baptiste, 29, of Community Centre Street in Penal told Newsday Treasure is her fourth child as she has twin boys age seven and a daughter, five. The unemployed mother admitted that although the baby was delivered on the due date yesterday, she was hoping for an earlier delivery to be at home with the entire family for Christmas.

“ I wanted to spend time with all the children today (yesterday). I thought that she (Treasure) would have come before but she came on the delivery date,” Baptiste said.

While cuddling the newborn at her hospital bed yesterday, Baptiste explained the decision to name her child Treasure.

“About a month ago I went on a cruise on the Treasure Queen and many person kept telling me that I was going to make the baby there. Since then, people kept calling the baby Treasure even though I was still pregnant. Treasure would definitely be one of her names,” Baptiste said. Treasure weighted three kilogrammes.

A few hours later at 6.40 am yesterday Chenielle Brereton, 27, of Indian Walk in Moruga delivered a healthy babygirl — Jamelia Jordon — who weighted in at 3.72 kilogrammes. Baby Jamelia was due on January 6, but as fate had it she came on Christmas Day.

Brereton said she began to experience labour pains on Christmas Eve (Tuesday) and visited the hospital where she was admitted at about 8.45 pm. Yesterday morning her waterbag burst and she subsequently delivered the baby.

“Right now I am relieved. I just wanted the pregnancy to be over with. I was going for Boxing Day (today) for the baby to be born because her father’s birthday is tomorrow (today),” Brereton explained. Baby Jamelie is Brereton’s second child. The mother, an administration assistance, said she does not intend to have any more children. Thirty-four minutes later at 7.14 am yesterday, Sarah Dassrath, 16, of Perry Young Road, Indian Walk, Moruga, delivered a health baby boy- her second child. The newborn boy, who is yet to be named, was the first male to be born on Christmas Day at the hospital.

The shy Dassrath, who is unemployed, said the newborn is her second child. “ Joel Lallo, my first son is one year-old. I came in the hospital at about 4 am and just after 7 am , I had the baby. I was due to deliver on January 13. He is the first family member to be born on Christmas Day,” Dassrath said. She vowed that the newborn would be her last.

All three mothers noted they had “good treatment” while at SGHG. They thanked head nurse of the Post-natal ward, Rookmin Pirmal, patient care coordinator of obstetrics department Agnes Joachim and other staff for their services.

Yesterday chairman of the South-West Regional Health Authority Dr Lackram Bodoe, together with Member of Parliament for San Fernando West Carolyn Seepersad-Bachan and gynaecologists Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh visited the ward. At the hospital Santa Claus also visited several wards bearing gifts together with the members of the NGO- Friends of the San Fernando General Hospital-who showed off their musical skills.

At 4.50 am yesterday, Shanice Rose of Damarie Hill gave birth to a healthy boy at the Sangre Grande District Hospital.

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