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Akesis

Title of Work

Survival

Description of Work

I was inspired to write this piece while on my Obstetrics rotation. The first time I felt an umbilical cord pulsing from the placenta to the fetus, I was mesmerized. Tears sprung into the corners of my eyes as I held onto this life that was being passed between mother and daughter. The placenta looked like a homogenous jello, warm and deep red. The umbilical cord split into different directions to root itself into it, taking life and giving back to refresh itself anew. The placenta itself was multifaceted, having hundreds of different lobules all working at optimal speed to produce and provide nutrients to baby. It's hard to fathom that such a small structure can grow to house a fetus and everything that comes along with it. I will forever stand in awe at the majesty that is human creation.

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