- Woman who battled depression and complicated pregnancy graduates with PhD
- Besides dealing with her complex pregnancy, she had full time job, school, and family
- Due to too much pressure in her life, she developed depression and nearly gave up on everything. But she didn’t
Life can be tough, especially if you have to deal with complicated pregnancy, full time job, and school research while at the same time taking care of your family matters. This is the exact spot that Dr Yonela Scina found herself in.
Dr. Scina recently graduated with PhD in Anthropology from UKZN. But before this could happen, she was struggling with severe depression.
“I literally beat depression and was able to finish my research. It was tough. Anyone who has suffered depression or taken care of someone with depression will understand,” she says.
Dr. Scina was diagnosed with placenta accreta, a life-threatening pregnancy complication, and had to spend weeks in hospital. This, she says, disrupted her PhD research.
Besides, she also worked full time employee and had a family to take care of. All these piled pressure on her, leading to her depression. She nearly gave up on everything. But she didn’t.
“Despite the life-threatening health complications, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy,” says Dr Scina, adding that it took more than her willpower to make it.
As she dealt with her troubled health, Prof Maheshvari Naidu, her supervisor, played significant role in helping her finish her PhD.
Interestingly, her doctoral study focused on "Life Histories of Traditional Birth Attendants in the Context of Changing Reproductive Health Practices in uMzimkhulu, KwaZulu-Natal".
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