Category Archives: obstetrics

Rupture

It is evening and I am at the base, where all the expats live. I have found that 6-7pm is my Power Shower Hour, when the day is still warm enough that you feel hot and want a shower, and … Continue reading

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Yin A Mat Po? (Are You Happy?)

The woman came to us with no living children. She had been pregnant twice before, but both pregnancies resulted in stillbirths. In the first pregnancy, she had labored for days, and the baby died during labor, but delivered vaginally. In … Continue reading

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Sepsis

It is Tuesday, my first day on the job in Aweil. The outgoing obgyn is still here, and she is handling the hospital work today while I get my briefings from various people. Katie, the midwife who arrived with me, … Continue reading

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Head Entrapment

Katie, the Australian midwife, wakes me up at 4:30 am. “There is a mum with 5 previous births. She’s a breech, and they’ve called me saying she’s been pushing for an hour and hasn’t delivered.” I am woozy. I sit … Continue reading

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Precious Blood

The woman was sent from the Ministry of Health (MOH) section of the hospital. MSF operates the Maternity Ward, the Pediatric wards and the therapeutic feeding center. The rest of the hospital is under the direction of the MOH. We … Continue reading

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