A 42-year-old identified as Hassana Muhammadu, has died after cutting her own stomach with a sharp razor due to intense labour pains. Daily Independent reports that the incident happened around 8pm on the 27th of January 2019, in Bedi, Bauchi State. Hassana, who was married to Mallam Muhammadu Maikudi, a trader and the union, was blessed with seven children.
According to her husband, “I got a call from a neighbour that my wife wanted me to come home because she was not feeling well. When I got home, I met her in intense labour pains, so I decided to call a traditional birth attendant who can assist her with the labour, but my wife insisted that I should call her junior sister who lives nearby to attend to her. So I went to look for her junior sister who followed me to the house. On getting inside the room, her sister shouted and called me to come to the room. When I got into the room, I saw my wife in a pool of blood with her stomach ripped open as result of a sharp razor blade with which she used to cut her stomach open because she was in pains. My wife later gave up the ghost after being rushed to the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Hospital, Bauchi.” He expressed sadness over the incident, saying that his wife had been suffering from mental disorders which made her to always isolate herself from people.
Many women describe feelings of at best, apprehension and at worst, terror when they consider pain in labour. Midwives however know that whilst, yes, labour is challenging, it does not have to be an experience to fear. For many women with preparation, lots of self awareness and really good care from someone they know when they are in labour, it can be a life changing experience in a really positive way.
The best way to consider labour is that you will start with minor changes, a mild period like pain, possibly back pain which is often accompanied by things like a sticky mucous discharge called a “show”, an increase in bowel motions and perhaps changes in emotions. Whilst you may want to speak to your care provider, the beginning of labour changes, does not mean birth is imminent and does not mean you need to rush into hospital. In fact, research clearly demonstrates that staying home in your own environment in early labour is best. Support by phone or in person from your own midwife at this time is extremely reassuring. Once labour contractions get more intense, they will come regularly with 3 contractions occurring regularly in every 10 minutes with the length of the contraction lasting around 1 minute.
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