Health: Coinciding with The Gyalsey’s birth, 29 babies were born in hospitals across the country on February 5.

Among the newborns, 15 were female. Thimphu recorded the highest deliveries at 13 followed by six in Mongar. Sarpang and Chukha recorded three births and one each in Samdrupjongkhar, Lhuentse, Samtse and Zhemgang. The rest of the dzongkhags did not record any births.

Of the 13 deliveries in the Thimphu referral hospital, seven were female. Two babies were delivered through C-Section and the rest were normal deliveries.

The parents of these newborns rejoiced as much when they found out about The Gyalsey’s birth.

Having been married for the past seven years, Dhanu Kumari Chettri, 26, from Darla, Chukha delivered her first child, a girl, around 12.50pm at the Thimphu referral hospital.



Nidup Zangmo

Nidup Zangmo

The parents said that it was totally unexpected.

Nidup Zangmo, 19, also delivered her first child, a girl, at 10.25pm on February 5. The couple lives in Paro where her husband, Gangaram, 27, works at a hotel.

“We are proud parents as we’ll be celebrating the birth of our daughter on the same day as that of The Gyalsey,” said Gangaram. “We didn’t expect that she would be born on the same day as The Gyalsey.”

Likewise, Lhamo, 32, and her husband takes pride in her third child, a girl, who was born around 1.06pm. The baby was actually due on January 28.

The couple, like Dhanu Kumari Chettri, came to know of the Royal Birth yesterday morning when media came to see them at the hospital.

“I am lucky to have given birth on an auspicious day,” Lhamo exclaimed.

In Samdrupjongkhar, 22-year-old Sonam Choden was overwhelmed with joy upon hearing of the Royal Birth that she heard yesterday morning. She gave birth to a girl, her first child.

“If it wasn’t for my aunt I wouldn’t have known about The Royal Birth,” she said, as she offered her prayers and congratulated Their Majesties.

“I received many calls from my friends and relatives congratulating me for delivering my daughter on the same day,” she said. “It feels special.”

To mark the Royal Birth, health minister Tandin Wangchuk yesterday launched the epidural labor analgesia services at the Thimphu referral hospital as a gift from Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen to all the mothers of Bhutan.

The neonatal intensive care unit (ICU), birthing centre and the mother and child clinic were renamed as Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Neonatal ICU, Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Birthing Centre and Gyaltsuen Jetsun Pema Mother and Child Clinic. This is to mark Her Majesty The Gyaltsuen’s unwavering care and support to all mothers and children of Bhutan.

For the services, the maternity ward will be expanded with 30 more beds as the epidural analgesia labor increases labor time. About Nu 26M would be spent for the expansion.

Health minister Tandin Wangchuk, who launched the activities yesterday, said that epidural labor analgesia would benefit women deliver their babies without pain.

“We will be explaining the complication prior to injecting it. It is a globally accepted practice which would be provided free here,” lyonpo said. “As it’s a gift (epidural) from The Gyaltsuen, the best has to be adopted.”

The epidural labor analgesia would be provided only at the Thimphu referral hospital for now.

Meanwhile, the health minister, on behalf of His Majesty The King offered gifts to the babies born on February 5 yesterday. Except for four, the rest were discharged the next day. Some babies who were born yesterday and were still at the birthing centre during the inauguration ceremony received the gifts.

Kinga Dema


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