A young lady, Chisom Anekwe (nee Okereke), has died under questionable circumstances recently during child birth at Magodo Specialist Hospital, Lagos. She was said to have had two children at the same hospital before she went there to deliver the third which later turned out to be 'a great mistake. The doctors were said to have neglected her during labour, deceived the husband to go prepare for blood transfusion just to cover up their tracks while he was away. Read the sad story below: "So, this is Chisom Anekwe (nee Okereke), a young, vivacious, graceful, kind-hearted and intelligent woman who had devoted her life to helping indigent kids and giving their lives a meaning. She’s an alumna of LEAP Africa. Chisom Anekwe Okereke "Two weeks ago, precisely April 30th 2017, Chisom died under questionable circumstances at Magodo Specialist Hospital while trying to birth her third offspring. We believe strongly that the authorities need to ensure that lives are taken sacred in hospitals like Magodo Specialist Hospital where such avoidable deaths are recorded. "Chisom was admitted in the hospital four days before she got into labour. She already had two daughters birthed in the same hospital and was there to birth her third child, a son. While at the hospital, no one attended to her when she needed the help to be delivered of the long awaited baby. She was left for hours in labour. This happened until her husband created a scene, which eventually caused the doctors to go to her ward and on inspection they found out that the baby had struggled and died. "The husband at this point requested for a CS which he paid for and even signed the consent form presented by the hospital. He was then tricked out of the room to go prepare for blood transfusion and on getting back, he found out that the doctors had induced the wife and delivered the dead baby without operation not minding that the CS procedure had been paid for. This was also without his consent. "During the process of delivering the baby, the placenta got ruptured and the doctors left her like that, no further attendance still. Shortly after, the husband noticed she was swelling up in her stomach area and called the attention of the doctors who said they were getting ready for a surgery, a preparation that took longer than usual. After waiting in vain for the surgical team, the frustrated husband went furiously to the reception to demand why they were wasting time only to discover the doctor had sneaked out of the hospital. "After waiting in vain for the surgical team, the frustrated husband went furiously to the reception to demand why they were wasting time only to discover the doctor had sneaked out of the hospital under funny pretences. At this point he got other hospital staff to wheel her out of the hospital and in that process Chisom died! "This is the story of most young women who die while giving birth as a result of the callousness, ignorance and carelessness of inexperienced doctors. "In this era, we shouldn't be talking about Child and Maternal Mortality especially when it can be avoided. This could have been avoided but it wasn't and now Chisom Jane Anekwe is a victim and has been added to the statistics. "We demand; "1. That Magodo Specialist Hospital, Shangisha, Lagos, be investigated for their actions and the subsequent death of Chisom. "2. That both the Nigerian Medical Association NMA and the Medical and Dentist Council of Nigeria, MDCN ensure that supposed Specialist Hospitals who claim to have a resident Gynecologist are verified. "3. That there be justice for Chisom!"
In the meantime the funeral was held today
In a lot of movies and TV shows, labour always starts with a pop – the heavily pregnant woman’s waters break and there’s a sudden puddle to deal with. You might be feeling nervous about going into public toilet at the end of your pregnancy incase your waters break, but in actual fact your labour is much more likely to begin with contractions. Around 10-15% of women experience a rupture of the membranes at the start of labour. Even so, those women rarely deal with a large puddle of fluid. In most cases the waters slowly leak rather than gush. Whether a gush or a slow leak, this happens most often overnight or as you get up in the morning, so it’s a good idea to put a waterproof mat on your mattress just in case. When Do Your Waters Break? Your baby’s growing in a sac surrounded by amniotic fluid. This sac and fluid protects your baby from infection, provides lubrication for growth and movement, and provides a warm overall protected environment. As your baby gets close to being born, they usually assume a head down position head low in your pelvis – this is called engaging. The fluid between your baby’s head and your cervix is called the forewaters, and the fluid above your baby’s head is called the hindwaters. For most women the amniotic membrane ruptures just before the pushing stage of labour, when your cervix is fully dilated. This is due to the pressure of your baby being pushed down. If your baby is head down and engaged, only the forewaters can escape. This is usually seen as a small gush or trickle – the hindwaters are blocked from gushing by the baby’s head. If contractions begin and labour progresses, eventually the hindwaters will begin to leak, squeezed out in trickles or gushes. It’s possible to have a hindwater leak, which may even reseal and stop leaking. This is more common if contractions don’t start after the amniotic sac ruptures. If the waters break and the baby is high (not engaged) there’s a risk of cord prolapse, where the cord comes out before the baby’s head. This is an uncommon but serious situation, and requires immediate help. While there’s no way to know when your water will rupture, there’s no need to confine yourself indoors just because you’re close to your estimated due date. It’s normal to feel anxious about the possibility of your waters breaking, but be assured for most women it isn’t a dramatic scene. Being prepared for the possibility of an unexpected rupture might help alleviate some anxiety. Be prepared by keeping a stash of pads handy and towels in your car. Some new mothers have reported the waters seeping into the cars eat can cause a smell, and it can apparently erode the internal parts of your seat. Signs Your Waters Have Broken When the waters break, some women hear a pop sound, but some don’t. There may be a gush or just a trickle – it’s different for everyone. The following are good indicators that your waters have broken: Having no control over the flow of fluid A panty liner is inadequate to absorb the fluid The pad is wet more than once, needing to be replaced The fluid is odourless and doesn’t smell like urine. If your waters have broken, they should be clear or have a slight pink tinge to them. If there is a green, brown or other colour present contact your doctor immediately. Some women describe their waters smelling a bit like semen, so if you do notice a smell, mention this to the midwife. What Happens After Your Water Breaks? If you think your waters have broken, make a note of the time and pop on a pad (don’t use tampons). Get to the maternity ward to see medical practitioners. They will ask you a few questions to determine if your waters have broken and what to do next. There’s no need to feel embarrassed if it turns out you have had a bladder leak – it’s a common occurrence during late pregnancy. Waters breaking doesn’t mean contractions will start fast immediately. So if you are out or on your own, do not panic. You are likely to have some time before active labour begins. Amniotic fluid constantly replenishes itself so there’s no need to worry that you’ll have a ‘dry birth’. It’s important to remember once the amniotic sac has ruptured there is a risk of bacteria reaching your baby. Avoid having sex or inserting anything into your vagina (like tampons). You can have a bath if you wish. Waters Breaking And Infection Once the waters have broken, the seal around your baby is no longer there to prevent bacteria reaching your baby. For this reason, vaginal examinations are best avoided once your waters have broken. Even if your midwife or doctor is wearing gloves, there is the potential that bacteria can be pushed upwards towards the cervix. There’s also a risk of infection if an instrument such as an internal scalp monitor is used. These monitors are inserted into the vagina and clipped to your baby’s head, which allows bacteria to be pushed up as well. If your waters are broken artificially to start labour, you may be told you need have antibiotics immediately or within 4 or so hours to prevent infection. You can ask to be monitored for signs of infection (increasing temperature) instead of opting for antibiotics straight away. Research is showing the use of antibiotics during labour is impacting babies’ future health. While contractions may get under way, you are more at risk for further interventions such as an assisted birth or c-section. Find out more about the difference between natural labour and induced labour. If your waters break remember to stay calm. This is just the beginning of a process that can last anything from minutes to days before contractions actually begin. Get as much rest as you can. Don’t be tempted to be climbing the stairs or bouncing on your birth ball in an attempt to get things going. Your contractions will begin when the time is right and you don’t want to go into labour already exhausted.
Most pregnant women are aware of diet dos and don'ts during pregnancy. However, when it comes to beverages or drinks, they do not have much knowledge. Some of them which are considered actually 'healthy' otherwise may actually have an adverse effect during pregnancy. Some of the drinks mentioned below are termed as health drinks, some boast medicinal and other equivalent qualities, but they are not all that great for an expectant mum. Beware of these healthy but pregnancy-unfriendly drinks: Green Tea: Herbal teas are usually considered safe and are known to be loaded with antioxidants. Green tea is herbal and good for health, but refrain from having it during pregnancy. There isn't enough documentation available to show that green tea is good for pregnant women. During pregnancy your metabolism levels are high as such, green tea increases it further and this is not advisable. Green tea also have some caffeine in it so unlimited sips is going to do you as much damage as regular tea. Also excessive consumption of green tea can lead to less absorption of folic acid during pregnancy making you and your baby susceptible to folic acid deficiency diseases. Alcohol: Occasional indulgences are fine, but if you cross the line know about its perils too. Too much alcohol intake during pregnancy can lead to poor growth and improper brain development in the foetus. It can also lead to abnormal facial features in the baby and mental retardation. Even if you restrict yourself to one drink a day your baby might still be at the risk for having problems with learning, speech, attention span, language, and hyperactivity after birth. Soft drinks: They are great thirst quenchers, but now its better you go natural and cut out on fizzy drinks. Soft drinks have caffeine in their content and some can also have chemicals called quinine in them. So caffeine and chemicals both in one drink can cause double damage if taken in large quantities. Iced tea: Go slow on this. Though each sip might make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated this drink also has high amounts of caffeine in it. Coffee: If you cannot do without your daily caffeine fix, limit your intake to just two cups a day. Ideally taking coffee away from your diet completely is the best thing. Excessive caffeine intake during pregnancy especially during the first trimester can lead to miscarriages or other health related issues in the fetus. It is better to exercise moderation here and limit intake. Diet Soda: This is not only loaded with caffeine, but lots of artificial sweeteners too. Saccharine, an ingredient used in the artificial sweeteners can cause birth defects in the baby if had in excess quantity. This ingredient can cross over the placenta and reach the fetus and harm the baby. Even otherwise during pregnancy one is advised to stay away from artificial sweeteners for the same reason. Unpasteurized juices or milk: Make sure you read labels before picking up them. Avoid any juice or dairy product that says unpasteurized on the label. Because these products can contain bacteria in them which can lead to food-borne disease in the mother. If it crosses over the placenta and reaches the fetus it can hamper neurological development. Pregnancy is a very delicate state. Before taking anything, either food or drink, be sure to check with your doctor.
From back pain to swollen ankles, a kot of expectant mothers know that a lot of baggage comes with carrying a baby for nine months. So when it comes time for a little pregnancy pampering, all mums-to-be wouldn't mind a relaxing massage or a fresh manicure. Before indulging in a little spa action, however, most mums will want to know which beauty treatments are safe for baby. But can you really continue your beauty routines as a pregnant woman? Here are some important things you need yo keep in mind
"I am delighted and I thank God to have blessed us with these healthy children, I know it is a huge responsibility because it is not easy to raise even one child. I am, however, appealing to the government, well-meaning Nigerians and corporate organisations to come and support my family in raising the children.
"My husband is presently searching for a job and I am a civil servant with Nigerian Population Commission in Abuja. We both live in one bedroom apartment in Lugbe because that is what we can afford. But now that God has blessed us with five children, we will definitely need a bigger apartment and money to meet their needs, especially buying baby food and cloths," she said.
Back pain is a bit synonymous to pregnancy. As a matter of fact, nearly 80% of pregnant women worldwide experience back pain during pregnancy, especially during the second and third trimester. But understanding the causes of back pain and what can be done to alleviate it, can give you some relief. As your pregnancy bump grows, your lower spine will curve inwards to support your baby’s weight and the top of your spine will curve slightly outwards to support the growth of your breasts. Your body is also producing a hormone called ‘relaxin’ during pregnancy which is softening the tissues between your bones, allowing your body to expand as your baby grows. Relaxin also helps the joints and tissues to loosen, giving your bones greater flexibility, allowing them to shift and move to accommodate your baby’s growth. There are a number of reasons for back pain in pregnancy . Here are the main ones.
When Nebraska, US mom Sabrina Negus gave birth to four babies at once, her doctors had another surprise for her: Her boys weren't quadruplets! Sabrina Negus gave birth to four healthy baby boys earlier this year. But although Logan, Mason, Porter and Connor were born on the same day and from the same mom, they’re not your usual quadruplets. Happy family In a typical quadruplet pregnancy, there are four eggs, one for each baby. But in the case of the Negus brothers, three of the boys — identical triplets who shared one placenta — developed from one egg, while the fourth boy, Connor, developed separately. “Sabrina’s pregnancy was one in a million,” Negus’ perinatologist Dr. Todd Lovgren told the Omaha World-Herald in January after the foursome’s birth. “In fact, there have been fewer than 100 pregnancies of this type reported in the United States.” Negus says her ultra-rare pregnancy came as quite a surprise to her and her husband, Lucas. They had initially expected twins but discovered the foursome during an ultrasound. “I was a little shocked,” said Negus, who had undergone fertility treatments after several years of trying for a baby. From that point on, Negus’ pregnancy became high-risk. She was hospitalized for 11 weeks before doctors decided to deliver the foursome early out of concern for the babies’ health. With the help of 33 members of medical staff in two operating rooms, the four boys were born on Jan. 8 by cesarean section at 31 1/2 weeks. To Negus’ delight, her sons were screaming when they emerged. Adorable boys The Negus family has been enjoying the incredible progress their boys have made in the past six months. New daddy Lucas said, "Everybody with kids always says they grow fast and enjoy. And, man!" Sounds like he realizes just how quickly his boys' are growing and changing. This is beautiful right?
A miscarriage, also known as pregnancy loss or spontaneous abortion is the natural death of an embryo or fetus before it is able to survive independently. Most miscarriages (about 80%) occur within the first three months of pregnancy. It is estimated that up to 30-60% of all pregnancies would end in a miscarriage within the first twelve weeks, and up to 50% of the time, the woman would not be aware she was ever pregnant. For recognized pregnancies, about 15-25% of them would end in a miscarriage. Having a miscarriage can be an unpleasant experience for a woman and her partner; this is especially true when the pregnancy loss becomes recurrent. A recurrent pregnancy loss has been defined as the loss of two or more pregnancies consecutively. Recurrent pregnancy loss can leave a woman and her partner devastated and drained of hope; if you have found yourself in this difficult situation, be encouraged. Take comfort in the fact that most women who experience recurrent pregnancy loss eventually have their own babies. In more than 50% of all cases of recurrent pregnancy loss, the cause is never really known; however when the cause is identified, they usually include:
You would not believe how huge her belly got from carrying the quintuplets. This supermom has given birth to five healthy kids all at the same time! Every year only 10 sets of quintuplets are born in America. This couple was one of the lucky parents. This lady indeed is a supermom, as she carried them calmly and happily. The truth is that each additional baby inside the woman’s womb doubled the chances of complications. This lady is a real hero. She had suffered from various troubles during the pregnancy. Just look at her belly. It is all bruised from carrying so many babies inside her womb. The lady’s name is Guillermina, and she is 32. She carried the 5 children for almost 32 weeks. That’s one week longer than most women with quintuplets do. She went into labor, and a team of 8 doctors had to help her make sure they all survive. The lucky parents got 3 girls and 2 boys, all alive and healthy. Here are their names: Esmeralda, Fatima, Marissa, Fernando, and Jordan. The happy family celebrates the fantastic event – the birthday of the quintuplets. These 5 babies are so wonderful and their mother is so courageous. She had to make a sacrifice and be strong to carry them till birth.