Though MotherÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Day has come and gone, a lot of mothers across Malawi are still basking in the glow of being appreciated and celebrated as life-givers and nurturers. Every Woman correspondent Helene Christensen spent an afternoon with the new mothers at the Ethel Mutharika Maternity Ward at Kamuzu Central Hospital in MalawiÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s capital, Lilongwe, as they shared their joys, hopes, anxieties and dreams.
Tryness Mdala (27) from Nkhata Bay.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Motherhood is a milestone. I felt so excited to experience the positive delivery of my first born after fearing how I would manage childbirth. It will be a challenge to raise my newborn son as I am currently doing my masterÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s degree, but I dream of raising a God fearing fellow who brings joy, is educated and healthy.
Patricia Benge (28) from Karonga, on her way to the theatre to deliver her 4th child
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is nature to reproduce ourselves as human beings. My heartbeat always accelerates with excitement as I watch my baby entering this world. Becoming a mother is a beautiful moment and at the same time a dangerous moment. Therefore mothers have to be strong, courageous and hopeful in childbirth with energy and effort to make it happen.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Cecilia Chestala (21) from Chinsapo who arrived at Kamuzu Central Hospital weak with severe anaemia. She is pregnant with her third child.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It is a dream coming true that I am now grown up and able to be a mother. It is something unique, and I feel so proud when people in my community show interest by visiting and bringing presents after the delivery. The one thing I want to pass on to my children is a deep rooted love for education because it opens doors of opportunities for them. As an orphan I only made it through to Standard 8, but I want my children to go much further than that.Ã¢â‚¬Â
Angelica Kalenga (36) from Lilongwe
Ã¢â‚¬Å“Motherhood is full of happiness. It is a privilege to become a mother and take care of my children. I felt happy to make my husband proud with our newborn today.
Dalitso Kalua (24) from Lumbadzi
Ã¢â‚¬Å“It was a miraculous dream to deliver my first born today. I am now a mother with responsibilities and not the girl that I was yesterday!Ã‚Â I felt safe in the hands of the professional and friendly nurses and doctors here at Kamuzu Central Hospital.Ã¢â‚¬Â