Christmas babies galore

Many moms in Namibia welcomed special gifts on Christmas Day.

30 December 2019 | Health

Hospitals in Windhoek recorded 28 new births on Christmas Day, while Erongo welcomed 16 of these births and Otjiwarongo six.

The Katutura State Hospital topped the list of Christmas babies with 23.

The Windhoek Central Hospital recorded a total of seven Christmas babies - five girls and two boys.

Rhino Park private hospital recorded two baby girls and Medi-Clinic one baby boy born on Christmas Day. The first Windhoek Christmas baby - a girl - was born at 00:04 at the Windhoek Central Hospital and weighed in at 3.22 kilograms. The Katutura hospital welcomed its first Christmas baby boy at 00:36, born to Martha Haikali and weighing in at 2.78kg.

Haikali, who lives in the Okahandja Park informal settlement, said: “I am extremely happy that God has blessed me with a child on Christmas Day.”

No births were recorded at Lady Pohamba private hospital.

Last year, 43 babies were born in Windhoek on Christmas Day.

Erongo births

A total of 16 babies were born on Christmas

Day in Erongo, with the first one - a baby girl - delivered at around 00:23 in the Swakopmund State Hospital. Altogether, eight healthy babies - five boys and three girls - were delivered at the hospital.

Another three babies were delivered at the Walvis Bay State Hospital, where the first baby - a girl -was born at 07:30. Walvis Bay State Hospital nurse Belinda Ganases said the second and third Christmas babies - both boys - were delivered at 12:40 and 17:45 respectively.

Three mothers also welcomed their Christmas babies at the Usakos State Hospital.

According to nurse Secilia Shilongo the last Christmas baby at Usakos was born at around 19:50.

Omaruru also delivered one Christmas baby at 03:00, according to nurse Selma Josephat.

No Christmas babies were born at the Welwitchia Hospital in Walvis Bay.

Six in Otjiwarongo

The Otjiwarongo State Hospital recorded a total of four boys and two girls born on Christmas Day.

Supervisor at the hospital's maternity ward Theresia Vatilifa said her team of nurses assisted six mothers who delivered their babies on their own between 03:30 and 18:00 on Christmas Day.

Among the babies born was a premature baby boy weighing 1.4kg.

“We first assisted a 22-year-old woman to deliver her baby girl at about 03:30 in the early hours of Wednesday morning,” said Vatilifa.

All six babies weighted between 1.4kg and 3.78kg.

Hilma Moongela, 24, from Otjiwarongo expressed her happiness after delivering a healthy baby boy on Christmas Day - the same day Jesus Christ was born.


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