“We were told to go back home, and they said there is nothing they can do because they’re dealing with coronavirus patients,” says a distraught Western Cape mother whose daughter gave birth in early May
Giving birth is a life-changing process and giving birth during an unprecedented global health pandemic is even more so. Speaking to Health-e News, new mothers share their experiences with the health system during lockdown.
Mpumalanga – When 24-year-old Gabisile Zulu discovered she was pregnant she was thrilled. Her joy was short lived because she was also diagnosed with tuberculosis – she was now fighting two diseases, HIV and TB.
NORTHERN CAPE – Women who have suffered miscarriages, stillbirths or are forced to undergo a pregnancy termination for medical reasons agree that the pain of losing an unborn child is unbearable.
NORTH WEST – Tshegofatso Makroti, a 30-year old mother from Ikageng township in Potchefstroom who drank alcohol regularly through five pregnancies, believes that although two of her babies were stillborn her drinking was not a problem.
MPUMALANGA – Bongekile Shabalala – a 22-year-old new mother who was diagnosed with high blood pressure at her first antenatal clinic visit – ended up giving birth prematurely because of her condition.