by Adeola Balogun
A homeless woman in Lagos this morning went into labour and gave birth to a son on the street.
The woman, identified simply as “Sister Esther”, gave birth to the baby on Adisa Akintoye Street in the Ketu area of the state.
She was said to have been assisted with the delivery by a number of concerned women who also took care of some of the after birth rituals.
According to an eye-witness, five women helped the woman to deliver her baby. They removed their wrappers to shield her while in labour and people in the neighbourhood also brought things like baby clothes, blade, thread, palm oil, water, sponge, soap, diaper, spirit etc that were used to cut the umbilical cord and bath the baby.
The eye witness said after the delivery instead of taking the baby to a nearby health centre, they took the new born to the palace of the King of Ketu that is on the same street the destitute delivered but the King did not attend to them.
The people then took the baby to Tipper Garage (bus stop) where sister Esther usually sleeps, in front (outside) of Sweet Sensation at Tipper Garage.