Five psychology interns from University of Zululand (UNIZULU) have gone out of their way to support mothers with ill babies at the Lower Umfolozi District War Memorial Hospital in Empangeni. The interns had organized lunch and goodies for the mothers to try and assist them recover emotionally, to encourage them to learn more about their babies’ medical condition and to enhance their coping skills.
Minenhle Dlamini, a fourth year psychology student, said this was an ongoing psychotherapy for mothers with sick babies. “The mothers welcomed the gesture and were elated to know that despite some of them not receiving family support, there were people who care deeply about their well-being,” she said. Dlamini also said that it was important for mothers to understand the significance of being happy despite the baby’s ill-health. “Some of the mothers get very lonely as some of them don’t even receive support from the fathers at the time of going to labour and afterwards. So, it’s important for us to show them that we care for them,” said Dlamini.
Another fourth year psychology student Nomcebo Biyela said the event was to reach out to the mothers and show empathy towards them. She said: “Following the needs analysis done by the hospital’s Department of Psychology it was discovered that women in the Mother’s Lodge are experiencing marked psychological and emotional distress associated with taking care of their ill babies.”The interns and the hospital would like to thank Nandos (Empangeni and Five Ways Mall) for making the event a success. The interns also thanked their Supervisors; Sibusiso Mthembu and Nqubela Sikotane (Clinical Psychologists) for giving them opportunity to run the project. Other interns who helped organize the events were; Nelisiwe Vezi, Nomzamo Vuma and Nondumiso Nyawo