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Afterbirth

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New mothers and fathers, emotional beings, say hello to their infant, saying her name, congratulating each other; they are owners of a baby, who, previously was content in the womb and has been thrust into a chilly nest.

Sensing a rush of love, the baby's owners circle around, holding and cooing, as the infant's gaze fades, eyes close, and all three breathe and shudder.

New mothers and fathers, lost in love, hear a ring and open their door, admitting family members into the circle, who click potots on cell phones, sniff as they already know all about babies, but, mercifully, returning to their homes and apartments, cars and houses where their children wait for supper.

The departed guests walk away, stare at their cell phone photos, and, thinking of mother and father, smile at thoughts of the night ahead.

Ask Dr. Susan