New Labour Ward: A View From Ward Manager

Nurse Manager of the Labour Ward Cathrine Honimae

THE National Referral Hospital (NRH) has recently taken custodian to the new refurbished labour ward, which provides essential services to the growing number of maternal births in the country.

Speaking to Solomon Women, Nurse Manager for Labour and Antenatal, Catharine Honimae said the capacity of the new labour ward has more convenience and space compared to the old labour ward.

“In terms of the increased population in the country, the new labour ward would still be able to accommodate labouring mothers because we are dealing with labour itself and we can accommodate them, however, the current problem is that postnatal mothers always occupy the labour wards

“Because of the capacity of the postnatal ward, it is too small to cater for mothers and newborns however, we intend to keep postnatal mothers over 24 hours in the labour ward before we discharge them, that’s why they intend to occupy labour wards as well,” Mrs Honimae added.

A postpartum period or postnatal period is the period beginning immediately after the birth of a child and extending for about six weeks. The postnatal period is a critical phase in the lives of mothers and newborn babies. Most maternal and infant deaths occur during this time. Yet, this is the most neglected period for the provision of quality care.

“However, the advantage of moving into the new location is that we are more closer to the postnatal ward and straight after deliveries after 90 minutes, patients and newborn babies can easily be shifted to postnatal wards without exposing them to the outside environment or risking the newly born babies

“Meanwhile, the disadvantage of the new location is that we are far from theatre, pharmacy and Lab compared to the old site which is much closer to those vital healthy facility sites and during emergency,” she said.

The old Labour ward was condemned unsafe over the years due to the previous earthquake, which causes interior and exterior walls to crack (high risk of collapsing) and not safe for midwives and mothers who came to deliver their babies.