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Entertainment In Beirut after the explosion, the impossible serenity for pregnant women

14:15  30 september  2020
14:15  30 september  2020 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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If you ask Edmond Khnaisser to summarize the birth of his son, he'd tell you it was an adrenaline rush. And not because baby George is his firstborn, but because his son was born just moments after the massive Beirut explosion ripped through his wife's hospital room.

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Rana Mineimni, future maman, dans une clinique mobile qui offre des consultations gratuites à Beyrouth, le 18 septembre 2020 © ANWAR AMRO Rana Mineimni, future mother, in a mobile clinic which offers free consultations in Beirut, September 18, 2020

Upon learning that she was pregnant, Rana Mineimni had started to buy clothes for the baby. But since the devastating explosion at the Port of Beirut, enthusiasm has been replaced by angst.

"I always expect a new explosion. When I hear a car or any noise, I'm very afraid," says the 25-year-old woman, who is due to give birth in October.

Two months after the cataclysm of August 4, the trauma of future mothers remains alive in a battered Lebanese capital. And the challenge is to provide appropriate services to the 4,600 pregnant women identified by the UN among the hundreds of thousands of people who have lost their homes.

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"Before the explosion, I was preparing the birth of my first child with enthusiasm. Since then, I have stopped everything" , confesses Mineimni in a medical center of Bachoura, in the center of Beirut.

She no longer buys, being satisfied with second-hand clothes donated by relatives. In a Lebanon in the midst of economic collapse, undermined by unemployment and record inflation, it is haunted by the need to "save".

La sage-femme Heba Khoudary examine une femme enceinte dans une clinique mobile du Fonds des Nations unies pour la population à Beyrouth, le 18 septembre 2020 © ANWAR AMRO Midwife Heba Khoudary examines a pregnant woman in a mobile clinic of the United Nations Population Fund in Beirut, September 18, 2020

"I think to myself that maybe we will need to leave. Or the little one will need something urgently and we will not be able to buy it, ”she explains.

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The woman behind the camera was stood in what appeared to be a bar as she looked back across the city. But, just seconds later, the site was rocked by a sudden explosion as a One cameraman began filming after the mushroom cloud had already been sent billowing into the sky following the initial blast.

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On the day of the explosion, she managed to help an injured relative at her in-laws before collapsing to the ground herself, "in shock".

- Serious cases -

Like others, she no longer has the means to monitor her pregnancy in a private clinic.

She therefore turned to a dispensary supported by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), whose services are all the more crucial since three hospitals and several clinics in Beirut were blown away by the explosion.

In a mobile clinic managed by the NGO Al-Maqassid and UNFPA, Heba Khoudary welcomes women in the same precarious situation every day.

During the few days following the explosion, this midwife identified many serious cases: "premature childbirth, bleeding, or psychological exhaustion".

Since then, between 600 and 700 women have benefited from the services of the three mobile clinics of UNFPA.

Hygiene kits are distributed there, including sanitary napkins. A great help for women. With the explosion in prices due to the depreciation of the Lebanese pound, "feminine hygiene products are no longer a priority for families," laments Ms. Khoudary.

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This woman was about to give birth as the windows of her hospital in Beirut , Lebanon shattered following devastating explosions . Doctors and nurses — working in near-darkness after the explosions — were able to safely deliver the baby boy, who the couple named George, Edmound said.

Some videos I didnt own, Credits to the owners. Still in great shocked after witnessing that horrible incident happened yesterday, August 4, 2020 around 6pm

Since the tragedy, UNFPA has distributed 35,000 of these "dignity kits".

- "I do not sleep" -

Today, the organization is working to consolidate the medical support provided to women, explains the head of the UN agency in Beirut, Asma Kordahi.

UNFPA seeks to "employ more midwives to meet the needs of women in areas devastated by the blast," she says.

According to her, out of the 300,000 Beirutis whose homes were destroyed by the explosion, "4,600 pregnant women need specialized services for monitoring pregnancies and childbirth, but also postnatal services".

Thanks to these services, Rima Jassem, a Syrian refugee living in Lebanon, gave birth in mid-September to a little Halla.

On the roof terrace of a building with a breathtaking view of the ruins of the port, in the narrow room inhabited by Mrs. Jassem, her husband and their four children, the little one sleeps peacefully in a deckchair which acts as a cradle, placed on the floor.

Immediately after the explosion, the young mother rushed to the dispensary. She feared losing her baby "because of the terror".

"Since then, I don't sleep. I see (the smoke mushroom, editor's note) in front of my eyes, I'm afraid that there is another explosion", continues the thirty-something.

She, who fled the war-torn North of Syria to find some safety in Beirut, now hopes for a semblance of normality in her country to return there.

Unlike Rana Mineimni, who wants to flee a Lebanon where the authorities are accused of being responsible for the deadly explosion due to their incompetence and corruption.

"Even if we survive, there is no future for me and my family in this country", loose the mother-to-be.

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