The cry of a new born baby
Lucy Ibekwe had been pregnant for a couple of months. Nobody had believed that the medium sized, chocolate skinned and beautiful Lucy who was in her late twenties would have been able to carry and eventually successfully give birth to her baby. Lucy had a slim figure and an appearance that made her look weak. As the custom of the women of Umulaku, no special treatment was given to a pregnant lady; any lady demanding special care and attention would be deemed lazy and shamed. The women would normally say to such soft women, “Are you the only pregnant woman or is your own case different? Why are you behaving like a pampered child?” Many a times, women do not embrace their pregnancy even when having problems.
However, contrary to the facts, Lucy carried her pregnancy majestically, she was strong and industrious. Up till the day she was to put to bed, she did her chores, went to the farm, fetched water from the nearby stream and still cooked for her family.
Cassava flour was the main dish of Umulaku people. It is customary that women went to the farm to harvest cassava, prepare it and soak to prepare the cassava flour. Lucy had already made these preparations, anticipating her delivery which was to happen soon. As Lucy swept and arranged the house, she felt the signs of labour, she quickly cried out to her husband, Frank. Frank who was fast asleep heard the call of his wife, quickly woke up and rushed to attend to the call of his wife. Lucy told her husband that labour had set in and instructed him to pick up her things; which had been properly gathered in a Ghana must go bag, as they quickly left for Devine Mercy Maternity home.
At 12:30am of the rustic cold night; after about three hours of pain that seemed not to end. She was taken to the labour room, where she was borne of her adorable bundle of joy. The cry of the baby was heard, throughout the maternity home. Lucy had delivered her beautiful baby girl. She heaved a sigh of relief as though sprinkled with cold water; carrying this whole other person with her for the past months had been challenging. She soon fell asleep after welcoming her girl into the world.
After she awoke from her sleep, she heard that her husband had gone home to get her some food to eat. But unfortunately on his way back he had been involved in a ghastly and fatal motor accident which took his life. This news caused her to fall to the ground and shriek in pain as she cried. With tears in her eyes she said “My lovely husband, you did not wait for us to bring this baby up the way we wanted, but you died, leaving me in this cruel and lonely world to suffer with this baby“. The nurses comforted her, as her mother came in. She had heard the news of her delivery from Frank. Everything seemed like a dream to Lucy; how could a day that was supposed to be filled with so much joy be deterred with such a drastic event.
Four days later, she was discharged from the hospital with her baby, as her mother struggled to pay the hospital bills. Frank was buried two weeks after Lucy was discharged from the hospital in Umulaku, Aguelu town.
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