On May 28, 2010 the Lwala Community Alliance welcomed two 18 year old first time mothers on a Saturday morning: Millicent, a nearly silent struggler in one corner, and Maureen, a vigorous and loud laborer in the other. There was never better proof of the need for a larger space for deliveries, so RMHC’s support of the new maternity wing is prescient. Despite the small space, Clinic Officer Michael Omollo and clinic founder Milton Ochieng’ MD were smiling as silent Millicent pushed out a crying healthy baby girl. Maureen’s vigorous, athletic, and loud labor response was a stark contrast and kept the team on their toes. A second crying and healthy baby girl was welcomed about an hour later.
This was baby 100 for Lwala. These children have all been born in what was originally designed as a kitchen and was converted to a birthing facility when laboring mothers began to come. Thanks to Ronald McDonald House Charities, construction on a proper maternity wing has begun.
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