In the past several weeks, I have seen and heard-
a woman trying to make the decision between being induced, having a procedure that might lead to an emergency C section, and waiting another week for her baby to grow more.
a baby with a hole in its heart.
a woman being told that one of the babies inside her had died.
a new mom trying to breastfeed, becoming frustrated with herself as her baby would not latch on.
a baby who had gotten its shoulders stuck during birth and broken its clavicle.
a new father trying to comfort his wife as they watched their baby struggle, hooked up to machines.
a woman who had lost five pregnancies.
a baby who cried right away after delivery.
a baby who didn't cry right away after delivery.
a laboring woman being told that she was being silly not to want an epidural.
a woman craning to see what the providers were doing as they worked on her baby.
a baby removed, piece by piece, from its heartbroken mother.