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Of Life and Death

The time is 15:00. I walk into the shift. We are now deep into the second wave. There was a few weeks of reprieve where we thought...

The Next One...

I enter the Corona Ward and prepare the room for the next arrival. She is having her 7th child and her water has just broken. She is...

Blood, Sweat, and Tears

Its 23:00 and I walk in for the night shift. The head midwife for the evening shift looks up at me, "Gila"? She doesn't even need to...

Going to Battle

Going to work is like going to battle. We walk in, gear up, and face an enemy we cannot see. The battle is complex, emotional, harrowing,...

Seven Minutes

I arrive at work a half hour early this morning, 6:30. I walk in the door. The head midwife on the shift yells, “Gila! There is a fully...

Death in a Time of Corona

The phone rings. It is a friend currently isolated at home. “My sister is in the hospital with a fever and suspected Corona. Her baby has...

Birth in a Time of Corona

There is a noise that a mother makes when her newborn child is taken from her without touching, hugging, smelling, kissing, or...