Valentine’s Day at the Clinic

An extraordinary Valentine’s day !

Every year, the 14th of February marks the celebration of love all around the world. It is the perfect occasion to spend time with your better half, and if things don’t always go as planned, they can nonetheless unfold wonderfully. Here is a feedback on a Valentine’s Day unlike any other at the Clinique Bon Pasteur’s maternity ward.

While lovers are preparing to celebrate together Valentine’s Day, the maternity knows, for its part, no respite. The medical staff must provide continuous service, as expectant mothers are sometimes surprised by the (not so) sudden arrival of a new addition to the family.

For Rozie Alcide, midwife at the Clinic for 24 years, Valentine’s Day is not just for lovers. ‘First of all, this day celebrates love with a capital “L”: love for your spouse, for your children, but also for your colleagues,’ she explains. Working on the day shift on February 14th, Rozie had a busy day ahead, with the birth of four new babies in the morning. For her, there is no better way to live this special day. ‘The arrival of a child, on Valentine’s Day, is a unique and symbolic gift: the fruit of love between a man and a woman,’ she adds.

It is a similar story for Doline Calou, Home Attendant at the Clinic for almost 11 years, and for whom Valentine’s Day goes beyond a celebration for lovers. ‘We are a united team. We have a bond of love and harmony, and that allowed us to spend special time together for Valentine’s Day,’ she says. To celebrate this bond of love, the staff on duty, including Doline, marked the occasion by exchanging chocolates and sharing a beautiful moment of friendship.

If Valentine’s Day was particularly special for the Clinic’s staff, it was the same for the mothers who entered the labour ward. This was the case for Cindy Belle Etoile, who was due to give birth on February 15th, but received a nice surprise with the arrival of her second child a day earlier. ‘When we held our baby in our arms, that’s when we realised it was Valentine’s Day. It’s as if he made us the well-timed gift of coming to the world on the day of our love to fill it with happiness,’ says Cindy. This Valentine’s Day may have been different, but exceptional all the same!

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