Saturday 25 February 2017

Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today

Nicola AndersonNicola Anderson

Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today
Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today

The items were pitifully sparse. A beige fleece blanket from Penneys, a scarcely used paper bag from Marks & Spencer and a rumpled black sack.

It was a collection, laid carefully out on the table by gardaí, that spoke silently, but with tremendous power, of inexperienced youth, poverty and sheer blind terror.

The modern-day equivalent of rags, it was all that lay between a tiny, newborn baby girl and the elements.

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