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Giving Birth in Gaza – The Atlantic

Giving Birth in Gaza – The Atlantic

Every morning since October 7, Nour Shath has woken up, scanned her body, and felt relief that her twin babies were still inside her. Each additional day, her doctor has told her, makes their birth less likely to require an obstetric or neonatal intervention that might not be available in Gaza. But even after those morning checks reassure her that she’s one day closer to a normal, safe delivery, Shath told me, she feels a deep, wrenching fear—one she worries she’ll transmit to her babies: “Are they feeling scared inside me?” she asks herself. She wonders whether they can sense when she cries, and whether the stress will induce premature labor. “I am a working counselor, I know how to deal with negative thoughts,” she told me by text during one of Gaza’s brief interludes of data coverage. “But I try everything without anything helping. I am under stress most of the time.” “I told my husband I don’t feel safe giving birth in Gaza,” she told me. Read: Younger than war Shath is one …