I know midwifery can be a bloody hard slog, and though it's a huge privilege to look after these women and their families, it's exhausting.
The story in particular caught my eye.
I'll summarise it for you, because I know you're busy working and generally being amazing midwives yourselves:
There is a Midwifery School in Wardack, Central Afghanistan. It is run by a female doctor called Dr Dr Khadihja, who teaches midwives essential life saving skills.
It is 'Un-Islamic' in the view of some that she is an educated woman, and she is passing her skills to others.
She is quoted in the article as saying:
'My mother says that if I go to Wardak, I will be killed.”
“But we’re all going to die one day. Whether I die in Kabul or in Wardak, doesn’t matter to me.”
In 2013, a group of Afghan midwives aged 17-22 attended a lifesaving midwifery study week at Dr Khadijah's Midwifery School.
These midwives and their families received death threats, as it is 'un-Islamic for girls to study and work'.
They risked it anyway, but the Midwifery School was bombed and destroyed, the Taliban claiming responsibility. Luckily it was a Friday and the students had already left.
Walking through the ruins of her school, Dr Khadijah says “Falling down is not defeat. Defeat is not to rise again.”
Students have graduated from the Midwifery School since the blast. It has been rebuilt due to the strength and courage of these women and their community.
I'm telling you all this not so you can go away and think 'I'm so lucky to be working in a privileged country'. I wouldn't be presumptuous enough to assume I knew your work conditions, and besides, MidwifeDiaries has readers from all over the world.
But hopefully it will remind you that being a midwife with an education is a worthy profession, and one that others fight towards.
Much love, please take care of yourselves, whatever work you find yourself doing this week.