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5.0 out of 5 stars A decision about the baby
Kate faced a twelve-hour work shift as a nurse after a long evening delivering a baby from her daughter's nannie goat. Kate's daughter, Myra, had been born brain-damaged, and the goat was something she loved and was very excited about the new baby. Myra's mother, Kate, had worked especially hard at this difficult birth to save the baby goat and to make sure that Myra...
Published on February 27, 2012 by S. Warfield

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2.0 out of 5 stars ????
I didn't realize it was as short as it was. I read it in 10 minutes I think. It could haver ben the beginning of a good book but it just ended. Not very satisfying. Not worth the download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A decision about the baby, February 27, 2012
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Kate faced a twelve-hour work shift as a nurse after a long evening delivering a baby from her daughter's nannie goat. Kate's daughter, Myra, had been born brain-damaged, and the goat was something she loved and was very excited about the new baby. Myra's mother, Kate, had worked especially hard at this difficult birth to save the baby goat and to make sure that Myra was happy about it. Kate's hand was still sore from the maneuvering that she had to do to bring the baby into the world healthy and alive so that her daughter would be happy.

Kate and her best work friend, Sheila, worked in High Risk Labor and Delivery which seemed natural for Kate who grew up helping to deliver animals on the farm, and progressed into obstetric nursing helping to deliver human babies. Her own mother had been a midwife. As the nurses conversed with one another, Dr. Shiver, who was referred to as "The Terminator" because he performed abortions and on occasion, terminations-of-convenience, walked into the nurses' station. He was arrogant and lacked respect for the nurses. In cases such as the terminations-of-convenience, outside staff would have to be called in because the regular staff didn't want to assist, being looked down on and feeling judged by their peers for assisting in abortions where the mother had a frivolous reason for the procedure.

On this gray, rainy and dark day, Kate had to tend to a couple in Labor Room 3 who had decided to terminate their pregnancy because the baby was found to have Down Syndrome. Both mother and father were crying and visibly upset. Kate's job was to explain everything to them again, even though Dr. Shiver had, and to get their signatures on the paperwork. Kate had very mixed feelings about this, because her own brain-damaged daughter was such a joy to her and her husband, and although she could be fired, Kate mentioned the third option of keeping the baby and just hoped that Dr. Shiver didn't find out that she said this to the parents of this growing little baby whose life was about to end and who had no control over it. The mother said "No," and the papers were signed to continue with the abortion.

It all sounded so easy a procedure. Administer the medication to start the cervix to dilate, then start contractions. The mother was sixteen weeks pregnant and the illegal time limit was twenty weeks. The meds had been started and the couple had refused to see the baby upon delivery and also had refused a funeral. To take the deceased baby to the morgue, Kate was supposed to wrap it in a special pad, but she instead put her precious cargo in a frilly basket with a plastic bag in it and transported the babies with love and respect. When Kate had first come into work, Sheila told her that the Georgia legislature had failed to reach a majority vote to administer pain medication to fetuses during abortion. It has been found that the fetus can feel pain during the process. Kate thought about all of this.

When the procedure was finished, the fetus was handed to Kate to take to the morgue with a cloth over it. Pictures would be taken and kept on file if the parents wanted to view them later, and footprints would also be taken. Kate left the room with the fetus, but she didn't really like this part of her job.

The baby was a little boy. His mother decided that she wanted to see him, but Dr. Shiver wouldn't allow it and the mother wanted to be sure he was a Down Syndrome baby, but the doctor had Kate remove the baby from the room. She continued with the "warm, gelatinous blob" on the tray covered with the white sheet. She needed to clean the baby up, weigh him which was routine, and the mother might want to see him later.

It was assumed that the little boy baby, a little fetus, was dead. They usually are. But what if he wasn't? What if he lived through the procedure, heart beating and alive? If that ever happened, what would the nurse who had to take this child to the morgue do? The termination process usually kills the fetus anyway, but just suppose it didn't. Would someone have to "terminate" this life?

In any event, a decision about the baby boy has been made and carried out. The parents continue their grieving. Will they remember him as their child or will he be forgotten and will they take advantage of the hospital's "free disposal?"

"I Am" by Janice Daugharty is a short story that will keep you reading but it is one that will stay with you for a long time. The subject is controversial, but the outcome is always the same.

Every woman should read this, no matter what your opinion on abortion is due to the information in the story. I highly recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I Am, June 21, 2014
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This is a serious story so much so that I was sad until Janice described the unborn fetus as looking like a skinned rat. I laughed because of the sudden turn of phrase that momentarily surprised and gave me pause to picture the human condition at birth to live or not live. Not to glamorize the line but Janice uses words like Jewels to crown the often sad conditions and profound decisions we are obliged to make. Any couple considering an abortion should read this. Marshall L Dell
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2.0 out of 5 stars ????, April 7, 2014
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I didn't realize it was as short as it was. I read it in 10 minutes I think. It could haver ben the beginning of a good book but it just ended. Not very satisfying. Not worth the download.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Watch before you decide, April 1, 2014
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ANYONE CONSIDERING ABORTION SHOULD READ THIS. THIS ISN'T JUST TISSUE BUT A HUMAN DEATH. READING THIS SHOULD BE MANDATORY FOR ANYONE CONSIDERING ABORTION.
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