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School of detachment

Language: English
Country: Italy
Typology: health care professionals
I remember with pain a therapeutic abortion carried out at the fifth month of pregnancy, at the maternity ward of the University Clinic of Obstetrics, while I was attending the second year of the school for nurses. I had become mom just a few months before. I held the little thing who was born alive (and died after a few seconds) in my arms. His mother apparently did not seem to feel any emotion at that moment, but, after so many years, I often relive the incident with sadness and a sense of helplessness, because I was not able to say anything to that woman in labour and I just continued to cry. The midwives on duty explained to me the procedure from the medical point of view, but I could feel how detached they were in their routine work, and I have never forgotten it.

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