The hidden maternal mental health crisis in Gaza
For most pregnant women, the months in the lead-up to their baby’s birth is a time of great excitement and anticipation. But
for Mervat, 25, who was heavily pregnant during the devastating bombardment of Gaza in May this year, fear of losing her unborn baby made what should have been a very happy time deeply traumatic instead. Mervat was terrified during the airstrikes.
Mervat’s fears were not unfounded: her own cousin suffered a miscarriage during the airstrikes. “She lost her baby due to the severe fear of the bombing and shelling,” she says. Thankfully, Mervat has since safely given birth to a healthy daughter. But the toll on her mental health, and that of many other pregnant women and new mothers in Gaza, has been severe.
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