Choki Wangmo

Labour pains can never be gratifying. But after ten hours of pain, Sangdag Pem, 28, is a happy mother to welcome her baby, a daughter. News of a royal birth reaching the birthing centre of the national referral hospital made her happier.

The birth of her daughter coincided with the birth of the second Royal child yesterday.

“I can’t be happier than this; my daughter shares birthday with the Prince. It is humbling and exciting,” Sandag Pem said, cuddling and feeding her newly-born. “I feel blessed,” she added.

The new mother recalled being overtaken with emotions upon hearing the announcement from the Lingkana Palace yesterday afternoon. “I feel lucky that my daughter is born on this day.” She gave birth to her daughter weighing 2.9kgs in the early hours of the day.

Cheki Zangmo, 34, is another happy mother. She gave birth to her third child in Thimphu hospital yesterday. The overwhelmed mother said: “Never in my wildest dreams did it occur to me that the birth of my child would coincide with the Prince.” She said such rare coincidences would clear future obstacles for her son.

Like Sangdag Pem and Cheki Zangmo, most of the mothers in the maternity ward were excited to share their child’s birthday with the Royal child. “I am wordless. The day is special and my daughter will cherish her birthday” rejoiced the new mother, Tshering Wangmo. “I pray my lucky son would be able to serve The King, country and the people,” added the emotion-laden mother.

As of 9pm yesterday, the national referral hospital’s birthing centre recorded 11 births, Gelephu and Mongar regional referral hospitals recorded a total of three births.