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Weekend Writing Warriors
23 March 2013
August has gone to get his sister; it seems so long ago. The straw mat is on the floor to catch the fluid from birthing and there is a sharp, clean knife to cut the cord plus string to tie it off. Auguste is sitting on the very edge of a wooden chair as the forces of birth are bearing down on her with the weight of the world. She’s had four previous children, all born fine, but Emma had a child who could not be born alive after many hours. Things do go wrong with births and she has had four children already die. The baby’s head is pushing out as she leans back in the chair, yet trying to catch it. The baby pushes out as Emma and August burst through the door. As Emma takes over, Auguste can hear the cry of a baby.
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