16 year old mum gives birth to triplets

A 16-year-old has given birth to triplets in what the community has embraced as a blessing from God, but the couple is struggling to take care of the babies since the husband, 18-year-old Leonard Maenza, is not formally employed.

When The Herald visited the young family, Ruvarashe balanced two babies on her lap, one on each arm as she breastfed them while her aunt held the other child.

Considering her age, having triplets is not an easy task the teenager has to cope with.


She had no idea that hers was a multiple pregnancy, neither did she have a scan or pre-natal care and check-ups.


She said it was a shock discovering that she was having not one or two, but three babies while lying on the delivery bed.


The teen mother gave birth naturally to triplets at Bindura Hospital on May 3 and together with her husband, Leonard, they are overjoyed.

But the two have no financial means to look after the family adequately and they are relying on well-wishers.


Ruvarashe fell pregnant last year after dropping out of Form 3 due to challenges with school fees.


She dropped out during the Covid-19 lockdown.


“Following the separation of my parents I started staying with my grandmother in the Maganyani area in Bindura rural. I commuted to Bindura every day for secondary education and due to resource constraints I dropped out of school while in Form 3 last year,” she said.


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