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The Surgeon and the Mother

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  • Heather Carmichael, M.D.

I did not get to hold you for the first 3 weeks of your life. I knew this would happen. I was the surgeon, and I was prepared. But slowly, over those first weeks, my surgical armor shifted, slipped, cracked, as you gradually opened your eyes and claimed me as your own.

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This article was published on January 23, 2021, at

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From the Department of Surgery, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora.

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