The Fragility of Life


43367I could have lost a daughter in childbirth Saturday.

My daughter almost bled out when she lost a litre of blood in mere seconds after an emergency C-section.

Of course, in a modern hospital, an emergency team of no less than ten people, descended on her in the recovery room, whipped off all sheets and even her nightgown which upset her husband.

He had to be dragged out and told why she was treated like a piece of meat, naked with doors left wide open to the public corridor.

Life comes before propriety.

No one stops to close a door when a life is at stake.

An hour later,

I gazed down at her limp form,

As a tear trickled down her pale face.

She whispered,

“I felt myself slipping away…”

My daughter  thought for a moment that she was dying.

Actually, she was dying.

Years ago she would have died.

In the third world, she would have died,

As the result of a series of complications that no one could have foreseen.

Her husband carried her weak body to the washroom.

The nurse held her new son’s weight, as she nursed.

Life and death are not as far apart as I had presumed.

Life is precarious.

Life is fragile.

Life is precious.

I treasure my new grandson.

I treasure my now anemic daughter who will take two months to rebuild her strength and heal her blood levels.

I treasure life. All life as a gift from God.

Ponder:  Stop for a moment and remember the women in two thirds of the world who face the threat of death during every delivery.

Prayer: Lord, bless all mothers and expectant mothers. Open our eyes to see and our fingertips to write  to help expectant mothers in the third world.

Copyright 2014 Melanie Jean Juneau


About Author

Melanie Jean Juneau is a mother of nine children who blogs at joy of nine9. Her writing is humorous and heart-warming; thoughtful and thought-provoking. Part of her call and her witness is to write the truth about children, family, marriage and the sacredness of life. Melanie is the administrator of ACWB, the Editor in Chief at CatholicLane, CatholicStand, Catholic365 , CAPC & author of Echoes of the Divine.


  1. Allison Gingras on

    Praise God for preserving her life. Praise God for the miracle of life. This was incredibly powerful, and beautifully written piece. Prayers for your daughter’s complete and quick healing. There is just nothing routine about childbirth.

  2. Kelly Guest on

    I have tears forming in my eyes. Praise God for His compassion. I often pray for all expecting mothers. I also that God I live in 20 century America every morning when I am taking a hot shower. I will add your daughter and grandson to my prayers over the next two months.

  3. Charisse Tierney on

    I will certainly say some prayers for your daughter as well. Wow…I’m speechless really, but you and your daughter are in my thoughts. Every moment is precious…

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