Wee Bit of Perspective

As my due date looms a little closer, I’ve been feeling/voicing some self-pity when it comes to the less-than-ideal birthing quarters I’m about to face in the public hospital here in Hong Kong. To be clear: I am choosing a public hospital because it’s clean, with top notch care, and it’s safe…and free, which I believe is a right and not a privilege, and one idea of many I wish America would just get behind already. It does mean I am electing to give up some serious comforts I had with my first birth in the US, such as unlimited visiting hours for my husband, or a private bathroom (sob).

But no matter how you look at it, this photo of a newborn baby, being bathed outside in a frigid and filthy Greek refugee camp, has shut me right up. I will need to stop complaining about how much congee I’m about to get served.

IDOMENI, GREECE - MARCH 6: Refugees wash a new born baby as they stay in tents that they set up in the Idomeni town in Greece, near the Macedonian border on March 6, 2016. (Photo by Iker Pastor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

IDOMENI, GREECE – MARCH 6: Refugees wash a new born baby as they stay in tents that they set up in the Idomeni town in Greece, near the Macedonian border on March 6, 2016. (Photo by Iker Pastor/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

 

5 thoughts on “Wee Bit of Perspective

  1. Terry McNichols

    I just finished “When the Moon is Low,” and it was an interesting story about refuges. Makes my heart ache!

  2. Tiffany

    Boy, that does put things into perspective, doesn’t it?
    hold the phone – is the bathroom down the hall? Or just shared with the other mothers in your recovery room?

    1. Holly

      It sounds like it’s kind of close? But it sounds a little sketch from every description I’ve heard. Trying to keep my chin up.

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