Sunday 17 December 2017

Giving birth alone and in terror still happens today

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

Nicola Anderson

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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