Well, we have certainly noticed the 9-months post-Christmas holidays impact on birth rate with a big surge in deliveries meaning Hanna has been working really hard. By 27th September there had already been 220 births in the month! As we are still short of senior experienced midwives, and as our percentage of abnormal deliveries is high because many normal deliveries still take place at home, it is quite demanding.
In addition the intern doctors rotate every 3 months and need induction and support to settle in. We are grateful to Dr. Helen Allott from Royal Berkshire Hospital who has made many visits to Kisiizi and has just been here for 6 weeks. She ran a series of training sessions for the intern doctors on emergency obstetrics.
Special Care Baby Unit continues to care for a range of neonatal problems including small preterm babies. The photo above shows one of our nurses inserting a cannula to give intravenous fluids for a small premature baby in an incubator. What makes the photo even more special is that the nurse was delivered by Ian when we were first in Kisiizi in the late 80's!
We never know what we will see next. The photos show a baby born with hyper-extended legs due to mother having oligohydramnios (reduced water around the baby) in pregnancy.
The baby was treated with plaster of paris casts and physio and made excellent progress.