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Babies, best Mother’s Day gift

By STACY MOORE and Rachael Espinet Monday, May 12 2014

Giving birth on Mother’s Day is a blessing.

This is how many women felt yesterday, after delivering their babies on the day which celebrates motherhood.

The midwives and nursing staff at San Fernando General Hospital had a busy start to Mother’s Day, when eight babies were born by midday.

The first was Emma Ramkaran, born at about 12.27 am, weighing 3.62 kg. She is the first child for her mother Hema Seepaul, 24.

The proud mother said Emma was worth everything she endured from labour to delivery. “I could not ask for a better gift. I feel so happy,” Seepaul said.

Seepaul, of Laltoo Trace, Penal, was looking forward to going home from the hospital last evening to spend the rest of her Mother’s Day with her newborn and husband, Thakuram Ramkaran. Baby Emma was delivered by midwife Ann Berkeley. Seepaul was presented with a Huggies hamper by a mascot. Checks indicate baby Emma was the first birth in Trinidad on Mother’s Day.

Almost five hours later Shanta Persad, 34, gave birth to baby Elijah. He weighed 3.6 kg. Persad, of Ghandi Village, Debe, said she felt a joy that could not be explained. Baby Elijah is her fourth child. At the time of her interview with Newsday, Persad said her husband was not aware she had given birth. She wanted to surprise him.

At about 6 am, Aaron Elijah Sonnyboy was born to Esther Hercules Sonnyboy. The happy mother said her family, including her daughter Amelia, and husband, Vernie, were anxiously awaiting Aaron’s arrival.

Sonnyboy said Aaron was due at a later date. “He came early and of all days Mother’s Day, I feel so good. This the best gift any mother can ask for,” said a smiling Sonnyboy, as she held her baby.

At about 9.39 am Carapichaima mother Omatee Jagmungal gave birth to a baby boy. Three hours later Seema Sookhan of Barrackpore also had a boy. At about 12.10 pm, Cadlyn Wilson had a baby girl, so too did Jilisa Johnson and Tricia Samaroo.

These mothers were also expected to be presented with items from Huggies.

Up north, at about 3.25 am at Port-of-Spain General Hospital (PoSGH), Patrice Henry, 24, received her “miracle baby”, a six-pound ten-ounce baby boy. Henry, who is a nursing assistant, describes her baby as a miracle because she was told for years by doctors that she would not be able to conceive again.

“I am very overwhelmed. He is my miracle baby. I did not expect to get pregnant. I found out I was pregnant at seven weeks. I expect great things from him,” Henry said.

Henry was diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome (PoS), and was told by doctors that she would not be able to conceive another child. PoS can cause female infertility. However, Saturday night Henry was lying in bed when she began to feel contractions around midnight. Three hours later, her son was born. During her pregnancy, Henry was diagnosed with gestational diabetes and went into early labour.

While she was expecting to give birth after 38 weeks, she went into labour at 36 weeks. Her son was resting comfortably in the neo-natal unit.

Henry has a seven-year-old daughter named Vanessa.

“Vanessa is so excited to have a brother. She cannot wait for me to bring him home,” Henry said.

Henry does not yet have a name for her baby boy. She said she and the baby’s father, Kareem Millar, have not decided on the baby’s name.

There were 20 new mothers on the maternity ward yesterday at PoSGH. Henry and the other women were given maternity hampers from the North West Regional Health Authority.

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