THE HUGE COST OF MOTHERHOOD
ON THE NIGHT MY WIFE PUT TO BED, SOMETHING HAPPENED IN THE HOSPITAL
Later in the night on the day that my wife put to bed, another woman was in the labour room, labouring and shouting to bring forth life. The painful cry lingered as she pushed and pushed but the baby never came out. She was then wheeled into the Caesarean Section room my wife emerged from earlier in the morning.
Soon afterwards, she had her baby – also a baby girl as we had. Then she was moved into the same ward we were. This was where the drama began. The new mother suddenly began to talk gibberish (Speech or writing that is unintelligible, incoherent or meaningless.)
It sounded like what the Yorubas call “abisinwin.” That is postpartum psychosis.
She began to tell her husband to take care of the new baby as if she was preparing to die, she told her husband to remain humble even after becoming wealthy.
She went on saying a lot as if she was giving her last words before breathing her last. We were scared in the hospital ward as she looked all weak as though she had just returned from wresting with an elephant and coming out triumphantly.
Her somewhat meaningless talk (to us) made everyone apprehensive, we were just praying for her.
Childbirth is a deadly journey. It is a journey of life and death.
I wonder little then when the Yorubas greet new parents “E ku ewu omo.”
That is a way of commending someone who just emerged from the dangers of childbirth. The woman got better but she never believed she said all she said.
She was in another world at that time, I suppose.
Motherhood is a tough phase.
It costs a lot.
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