Woman In Kelantan Shares What It's Like To Give Birth Alone During MCO

Government hospitals are enforcing strict restrictions due to COVID-19 pandemic.

Cover image via Medical Mythbusters Malaysia/Facebook & Anies Surianie/Facebook

A woman in Kelantan recently went viral after she wrote about her experience giving birth amidst the Movement Control Order (MCO)

Image via Anies Surianie

According to Anies Surianie Mat Daud, going through labour during the MCO is a whole different ordeal.

On Monday, 30 March, she wrote, "Thank God, it has been almost a week since I safely gave birth to my second child. I feel like I should write about my experience giving birth amidst the COVID-19 pandemic."

"The moment the MCO was enforced, nurses at the health clinic told me to expect strict restrictions from the hospital management."

Her post on Facebook has since garnered over 10,000 likes and 9,200 shares.

She said that expecting mothers would have to go through the process alone

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"It doesn't matter whether it's your first time giving birth or not, no matter what, partners and family members are not allowed in the delivery room," she said.

She then explained that husbands are only allowed to send their expectant wives to the door of the maternity ward. They are not allowed to see their wives beyond that at all.

"No one is allowed to stay with you at the ward. Although it was my second delivery, it was really a struggle doing it alone. I had to manage myself why taking care of the baby. I thought I was already strong enough, but I still shed a few tears when I moved. It was especially bad when I had abdominal cramps, it felt like another baby was about to come out," she wrote.

Besides that, patients are not allowed to have any visitors.

Anies said that she could only see her husband's face through the maternity ward window.

The 27-year-old added, "If your mother or your husband plans to send you food from home, they will need to pass it to the security guard. The guards will also be the ones carrying your bag of clothes when you're discharged from the hospital."

"Luckily I gave birth at Tengku Anis Hospital so I got to see my husband's face through the maternity ward window. I didn't have the heart to show my sadness, I just smiled so he knows I'm okay and can't wait to go home."

Tengku Anis Hospital in Pasir Puteh, Kelantan.

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Anies also advised other expectant mothers in the same boat as her to be prepared.

She said, "Make sure you bring all the items you need. Learn about feeding your child, and don't complain. We are strong because we are women. Ask your husband and family members to pray for you."

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