Celebrating Midwives: A midwife saved my baby after prolonged labour

Friday 12 May 2017

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Lilly Aryam, 44, was surprised when she discovered she was pregnant after fourteen years of not bearing children. A single mother of three girls aged 22, 19 and 16, Aryam thought she had stopped bearing children.

“It was not an easy pregnancy,” Aryam says. “The midwife told me that due to my age, my pregnancy was a high-risk one and proposed that I be referred to a hospital once it was time for birth.”    

Aryam’s labour started at about 10:00a.m but she delayed at home, taking more than ten hours to check into the health centre which was only a stone’s throw from her home.    

When labour pains started, I was hesitant to go to the health centre. I did not want to go too early because I knew that the midwife would refer me to the hospital. I did not want to go to a hospital that was too far away and where I did not know anybody. Also, I felt that if many women had successfully given birth in the health centre without any complications, I too would be able to make it,” she says.

It was a long and difficult birth,” Lilly recalls. “The midwife kept telling me to push but I did not have the energy to do so. I remember the midwife saying the baby would get tired if I did not try to push, but my body just would not respond.”

“When the baby was finally delivered, she did not cry and was not breathing properly. The midwife said it was because the baby was ‘tired’. The midwife rushed my baby to the resuscitation corner and managed to get her breathing properly. I had a healthy baby girl named Patience, thanks to the skills and knowledge of the midwife who knew what to do,” says Aryam.

Aryam later returned to the health centre with a goat – a gift for the midwife who had saved her baby.