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Twins first babies for 2014

By Carolyn Kissoon carolyn.kissoon@trinidadexpress.com

San Fernando General Hospital is once again becoming the first choice of expectant mothers, head of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Unit, Dr Krishna Rampersadsingh, said yesterday.
Rampersadsingh said many pregnant women are choosing to deliver their babies in the now fully equipped and well-staffed institution.
The hospital welcomed its first set of babies—twins—in the new year at 12.06 a.m. The babies—a boy and girl—were delivered by 27-year-old Aarti Nagessar.
The babies weighed 3.06 and 2.5 kilogrammes.
Nagessar, of Dow Village, California, said she was thankful to the doctors and nurses at the San Fernando General. “I want to thank the team of doctors and nurses at the hospital for the way they treated me. I had some complications but they stuck with me and helped me through it. I had an incredible experience here,” she said.
Nagessar, who has three older children, said she was expecting twins and named the babies Ishmael and Ashley.
The third baby in the New Year was delivered by 34-year-old Malissa Charles of Moruga at 4.13 a.m. Charles said she, too, was impressed by the treatment she received at the San Fernando General.
Charles said she was honoured and happy to deliver her baby boy, Omari Johnson, on New Year’s Day.
Drupathie Narine, 29, delivered her baby boy, Vedesh, at 5.53 a.m.
Rampersadsingh said four Caesarean section deliveries were scheduled for yesterday, while several women were expected to deliver babies at the hospital before nightfall.
He said approximately 15 babies are delivered at the San Fernando General Hospital daily.
Rampersadsingh was pleased to hear the good reviews by the mothers. “It feels great for the parents, hospital and staff. It is excellent to hear these things,” he said.
The obstetrics and gynaecology unit continues to work, utilising its equipment as best as it can, said Rampersadsingh.
He said several changes were made to the department, including increased staff, training, monitoring of patients and more specialised equipment. He said the obstetrics and gynaecology theatre was now opened 24 hours.
Rampersadsingh said new ultrasound machines and cardio-tocograms (a device to monitor foetal heartbeat) will arrive at the hospital soon.
He said junior doctors continue to undergo regular training sessions and mothers were being more closely monitored.
In recent months, more pregnant women were choosing to deliver their babies at the hospital, instead of private institutions, Dr Rampersadsingh said. “They seem to have more confidence in the hospital now,” he said.
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