It was in the wee hours of one morning, I first felt the pain. It started with a cramp in my stomach and slowly spread all over, till the time the pain became unbearable. From that moment onwards, till I reached the delivery room at our Primary Health Centre (PHC), was something I will never forget.I was cold and it felt like I was slowly suffocating to death. Through all this pain, I kept reminding myself that the worst was yet to come. I had heard that the PHC was not one of the best places to deliver a baby. Yet thinking of nothing else, we had rushed to the same PHC. (We had heard that we would get Rs.1400 from the Government there)
Money is what seems to drive families like mine to the hospitals, but I guess with such wonderful changes happening, our motives are also changing! When I look back, everyone in the hospital, from the highest to the lowest staff, was involved in making my pregnancy the best experience of my life. But I wonder who do I link all this to? Seema di’s smile?
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