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The emergency department of Gaza's al-Shifa hospital takes in between 25-50 pregnant women per day.
Last updated: 23 Jul 2014 14:09
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As the emergency department of the al-Shifa hospital becomes increasingly overcrowded, a steady stream of pregnant Palestinian women is arriving in a building tucked behind the main hospital. Receiving between 25 to 50 women per day they are now having to redirect medical supplies to the intensive care unit.

Among the women is 28-year-old Hanan al-Mahessn. On the second day of the air strikes, her neighbour's home was hit and destroyed. "I started to feel sick. Then the bleeding started," she told Al Jazeera. Hanan was rushed to the hospital and lost three pints of blood. After going into surgery, her baby was delivered, but had died in the womb. The doctors made the decision to tell her that her little girl was in a special care unit as they felt she was too ill to receive the news. A day later she learnt the truth.

"My children are used to this war. They have grown up with the sound of bombs," said Mariam Guneed, 39, a mother of eight. "We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars," Mariam reflects as she returns to her room to sit and await the birth of her ninth child.

Less than a few kilometres from Shifa is the al-Awda hospital in the Jabalaya refugee camp of Gaza, one of the poorest areas of the city. At just 30 minutes old Nisreen has been born into a country under siege. The sounds of Israeli drones and bombardments can be heard above and the all too familiar whoosh of a Hamas rocket breaks the silence of the city. In a few days time, she will leave the hospital with her mother into an area which has suffered a large number of Israeli air strikes.

"Sometimes the women just don't want to leave. They know they are safe here. We don't turn them away, we keep them as long as they want to stay," hospital director Dr Yousef Soueti said.


/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

The Shifa hospital maternity unit can expect between 25 to 50 women over a 24-hour period. Medical supplies are now running short due to the ongoing Israeli offesnsive on Gaza.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Mariam Guneed, 39-year-old mother of eight is now expecting her ninth child.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

'We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars,' Mariam said.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

A notice board displays portraits by a nurse working at the maternity unit of some of the patients.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Less than an hour old, baby Eileen is held in the arms of her mother, 28-year-old Amal Zalgoot. 'She is my third child and I am so happy to have made it to the hospital safely.' Eileen was born on the morning of the sixth day of the conflict.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

As the ambulance made its way to the hospital Hanan al-Mahessen continued to bleed and was rushed to surgery where her baby girl was delivered by caesarian but unfortunately died at birth. Afraid for her condition, Hanan was not told the news of her daughter's death until a day after the surgery. 'When they told me, I felt like I couldn't breath. I wanted to cry but I was to tired.'



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Newly born Afaff Sauda is held in the arms of her father, Omar, 25.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Al-Awda hospital specialises in maternity care and supports the residents of the neighbouring Jabalaya refugee camp, one of the poorest areas of Gaza City. The director of the hospital Dr Yousef Soueti said: 'We have seen an increase of women coming in with bleeding during pregnancy. In some cases they are coming here so that we will keep them for 24 hours as it is safer than being at home.'



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Shortly after birth, most mothers and their children are sent home, often to areas that are being evacuated. Baby Rezal Ahmad is just 2 weeks old and was brought in for a checkup as her mother was worried about her weight. This is 20-year-old Anwar Ahmad's first child.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Anwar holds the hand of her baby daughter Rezal as she is checked over in a health clinic near the Jabalaya refugee camp in Gaza.



/Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

'Children have stopped eating and sleeping. Their health is starting to suffer. Skin conditions, infection and gastro problems are increasing,' commented Dr Hassan Zebadin, one of the many staff employed to help out by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society who are now working tirelessly to provide basic medical supplies within the UN schools to women who cannot return home after giving birth.




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The Shifa hospital maternity unit can expect between 25 to 50 women over a 24-hour period. Medical supplies are now running short due to the ongoing Israeli offesnsive on Gaza.

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Mariam Guneed, 39-year-old mother of eight is now expecting her ninth child.

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(***)We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars,(***) Mariam said.

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A notice board displays portraits by a nurse working at the maternity unit of some of the patients.

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Less than an hour old, baby Eileen is held in the arms of her mother, 28-year-old Amal Zalgoot. (***)She is my third child and I am so happy to have made it to the hospital safely.(***) Eileen was born on the morning of the sixth day of the conflict.

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As the ambulance made its way to the hospital Hanan al-Mahessen continued to bleed and was rushed to surgery where her baby girl was delivered by caesarian but unfortunately died at birth. Afraid for her condition, Hanan was not told the news of her daughter(***)s death until a day after the surgery. (***)When they told me, I felt like I couldn(***)t breath. I wanted to cry but I was to tired.(***)

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Newly born Afaff Sauda is held in the arms of her father, Omar, 25.

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Al-Awda hospital specialises in maternity care and supports the residents of the neighbouring Jabalaya refugee camp, one of the poorest areas of Gaza City. The director of the hospital Dr Yousef Soueti said: (***)We have seen an increase of women coming in with bleeding during pregnancy. In some cases they are coming here so that we will keep them for 24 hours as it is safer than being at home.(***)

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Shortly after birth, most mothers and their children are sent home, often to areas that are being evacuated. Baby Rezal Ahmad is just 2 weeks old and was brought in for a checkup as her mother was worried about her weight. This is 20-year-old Anwar Ahmad(***)s first child.

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Anwar holds the hand of her baby daughter Rezal as she is checked over in a health clinic near the Jabalaya refugee camp in Gaza.

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(***)Children have stopped eating and sleeping. Their health is starting to suffer. Skin conditions, infection and gastro problems are increasing,(***) commented Dr Hassan Zebadin, one of the many staff employed to help out by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society who are now working tirelessly to provide basic medical supplies within the UN schools to women who cannot return home after giving birth.

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Gaza, 21 July 2014. The Al Shifa hospital maternity unit can expect upto 25 to 50 women over a 24 hour period. During the current conflict medical supplies are now running short.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/44e1183cbcb48176f164014545ef46a4Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. The Al Shifa hospital maternity unit can expect upto 25 to 50 women over a 24 hour period. During the current conflict medical supplies are now running short.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/24892a97dbfbf046448ef80cc61d5a35

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Mariam Guneed (39) a mother of 8 is now expecting her ninth child.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/24892a97dbfbf046448ef80cc61d5a35Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Mariam Guneed (39) a mother of 8 is now expecting her ninth child.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/2be82a3744ea3090ae0292b3ac70f6ad

Gaza, 21 July 2014. "We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars." Reflects Mariam.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/2be82a3744ea3090ae0292b3ac70f6adAlison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. "We must have many children here, because we lose so many in the wars." Reflects Mariam.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/96ae4adef3dbd9a72b520316d2c37fa9

Gaza, 21 July 2014. A notice board displays portraits by a local artist of some of the patiens of the maternity unit.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/96ae4adef3dbd9a72b520316d2c37fa9Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. A notice board displays portraits by a local artist of some of the patiens of the maternity unit.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/003bb5de9c492678a0234374792263f1

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Less than an hour old, baby Eileen is held in the arms of her mother, 28 year old Amal Zalgoot. 'She is my third child and I am so happy to have made it to the hospital safely.' Eileen was born on the morning of the sixth day of the conflict.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/003bb5de9c492678a0234374792263f1Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Less than an hour old, baby Eileen is held in the arms of her mother, 28 year old Amal Zalgoot. 'She is my third child and I am so happy to have made it to the hospital safely.' Eileen was born on the morning of the sixth day of the conflict.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/dfdaa26176512f281849cf75eff1fb6d

Gaza, 21 July 2014. 'When the war started I felt sick.' Recounts 28 year old Hanan Al Mahessen as she lays in a hospital bed in the Al Shifa hospital in the Gaza strip. 'Then the bomb landed next to my home and the bleeding started.' As the ambulance made it's way to the hospital Hanan continued to bleed and was rushed to surgery where her baby girl was delivered by caesarian. Unfortunately she was fully grown but died at birth. 'Once I woke up I was like any mother, asking for my baby. They told be she was in a special care unit, but I knew something was wrong.' Afraid for her condition and severe blood loss Hanan was not told the news of her daughters lost until a day after the surgery. 'When they told me, I felt like I couldn't breath. I wanted to cry but I was to tired.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/dfdaa26176512f281849cf75eff1fb6dAlison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. 'When the war started I felt sick.' Recounts 28 year old Hanan Al Mahessen as she lays in a hospital bed in the Al Shifa hospital in the Gaza strip. 'Then the bomb landed next to my home and the bleeding started.' As the ambulance made it's way to the hospital Hanan continued to bleed and was rushed to surgery where her baby girl was delivered by caesarian. Unfortunately she was fully grown but died at birth. 'Once I woke up I was like any mother, asking for my baby. They told be she was in a special care unit, but I knew something was wrong.' Afraid for her condition and severe blood loss Hanan was not told the news of her daughters lost until a day after the surgery. 'When they told me, I felt like I couldn't breath. I wanted to cry but I was to tired.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/b2f22dea3d6c13d056f7abb349316fa4

Gaza, 21 July 2014. One day old Afaff Sauda is held in the arms of her father, Omar (25).

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/b2f22dea3d6c13d056f7abb349316fa4Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. One day old Afaff Sauda is held in the arms of her father, Omar (25).

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/6b2e91d2097fcc96312d3bf25978c205

Gaza, 21 July 2014. The Al Awda hospital specialises in maternity care and supports the residents of the neighbouring Jabalaya refugee camp, one of the poorest areas of Gaza city. The director of the hospital Dr Yousef Soueti (62) commented that 'We have seen an increase of women coming in with bleeding during pregnancy. In some cases they are coming here so that we will keep them for 24 hours as it is safer than being at home.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/6b2e91d2097fcc96312d3bf25978c205Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. The Al Awda hospital specialises in maternity care and supports the residents of the neighbouring Jabalaya refugee camp, one of the poorest areas of Gaza city. The director of the hospital Dr Yousef Soueti (62) commented that 'We have seen an increase of women coming in with bleeding during pregnancy. In some cases they are coming here so that we will keep them for 24 hours as it is safer than being at home.'

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/2c025ced877a80ca2ea1fef8e4f730b6

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Shortly after birth most mothers and their children are being sent home, often to areas that are being evacuated. Baby Rezal Ahmad is just 2 weeks old and is brought in for a check up as her mother is worried about her weight. This is Anwar Ahmad (20) first child.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/2c025ced877a80ca2ea1fef8e4f730b6Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Shortly after birth most mothers and their children are being sent home, often to areas that are being evacuated. Baby Rezal Ahmad is just 2 weeks old and is brought in for a check up as her mother is worried about her weight. This is Anwar Ahmad (20) first child.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/c8b8cd4522833a5c601be30e6c1eabc7

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Anwar holds the hand of her baby daughter Rezal as she is checked over in a health clinic near the Jabalaya refugee camp in Gaza.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/c8b8cd4522833a5c601be30e6c1eabc7Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. Anwar holds the hand of her baby daughter Rezal as she is checked over in a health clinic near the Jabalaya refugee camp in Gaza.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/143b30a63b0fe8f777d0a68f9c79b5d7

Gaza, 21 July 2014. 'Children have stopped eating and sleeping. Their health is starting to suffer. Skin conditions, infection and gastro problems are increasing' Commented Dr Hassan Zebadin (44), one of the many staff employed to help out by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) who are now working tirelessly to provide basic medical supplies within the UN schools to women who cannot return home after giving birth.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Childbirth_in_Gaza/slideshow/no-caption/143b30a63b0fe8f777d0a68f9c79b5d7Alison Baskerville/Al Jazeera

Gaza, 21 July 2014. 'Children have stopped eating and sleeping. Their health is starting to suffer. Skin conditions, infection and gastro problems are increasing' Commented Dr Hassan Zebadin (44), one of the many staff employed to help out by the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS) who are now working tirelessly to provide basic medical supplies within the UN schools to women who cannot return home after giving birth.



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