Police arrests woman who threw her one day old baby into a pit
A woman who threw her one-day-old child into a pit has been arrested by the police in Ogun state. In her statement, she reports that this is her sixth child and she couldn't afford to take care of him.
A woman who threw her child into a pit has been arrested by the police in Ogun state. The police released a statement that they received a distress call from neighbours who heard the cries of a child from a soakaway pit. On receiving the information, a team of policemen led by DPO Owode-Yewa, Sp Olabisi Elebute, quickly rushed to the scene and rescued the baby with the help of members of the public.
Risikatu Olabintan: The Woman Who Threw Her Child Into A Pit
According to Oyeyemi, their investigation reveals Risikatu Olabintan gave birth secretly and threw him into the pit before 5 am on 17 November 2019.
After her arrest, she confessed to the act. Also, she reveals that the one-day-old baby is her 6th child. However, taking care of him would be a struggle for her since her husband abandoned their family.
The commissioner of police, Cp Imohimi Edgal directed the case to be transferred to Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Investigation and Intelligence Department for proper investigation.
Also, the police spokesperson notes that "both the baby and the mother are presently in the hospital for medical attention and the baby is responding positively to treatment”
What Other Options Did She have
There are other options Risikatu could have chosen instead of committing her baby to death. She could have used a contraceptive or given the baby up for adoption.
Contraception is used to prevent unwanted pregnancy and is instrumental in family planning. However, even though you may rejoice at the thought of having too many options, it can be overwhelming.
So before you head to the nearest drugstore, understand the need to use female contraceptives:
Now that you have identified the need for female contraceptives, you might want to explore the market to select your options. This is the tricky part. Since there are so many choices, there is a likely chance that the sheer volume of information available on the subject may overwhelm you.
3 different types of contraceptives that are readily available and can be quite effective.
What: An Intrauterine Device (IUD) is a surgically implanted copper device, which prevents sperm from coming in contact with the egg. These are available as Mirena and ParaGard in the market.
These IUDs could be medicated with progesterone and on insertion into the vagina release the hormones. This hormone prevents sperm motility. It also thins the lining of the uterus, thereby, preventing sperms from attaching to them or the eggs.
Dosage: This is another type of invasive female contraceptive where a doctor inserts the IUD into the vaginal cavity. It lasts for a period of two or more years.
You should not use it if: you have never given birth or plan to get pregnant in the next two years.
What: A doctor gives this shot once every month or once every three months. It is a long-lasting hormonal method that provides effective contraception. You may experience weight gain, headaches, dizziness, pimples and greasy skin, bloating, weight gain, breast tenderness, abdominal discomfort, and changes in mood and sex drive.
Since the hormones cannot be removed from the body once the injection has been administered, side effects may continue from the time of the injection and for some time afterwards. They are available as Depo-Provera, or DMPA shot in the market.
Dosage: This injection is usually taken once every three months.
You should not use it if: You have a fluctuating weight or have suffered from an ectopic pregnancy.
What: One or two small, soft, plastic rods containing a progestogen reservoir are inserted under the skin of the upper arm. This is done in a minor surgery which should be carried out by a trained doctor, midwife or nurse. The progestogen is released in tiny doses through this implant. You will get this implant called Implanon or Norplant from the doctor and it is not available off-the-counter.
A minor surgery removes this at any time you need to. The implant is particularly suitable for women who want long-term contraception and wish to avoid the daily intake of a contraceptive. It is also suitable for breastfeeding women. Fertility returns to normal after removal of the implant. An additional benefit is that it may also reduce heavy, painful periods.
Dosage: The female contraceptive implant is usually effective for three to five years.
Some women may experience headaches, breast tenderness, bloating and changes in mood and sex drive. Irregular bleeding may occur for the first few months.
You should not use it if: You are overweight and struggle to maintain a constant weight.
Read also: 12 most effective female contraceptives