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"Australian medical team combines art with science to explain stillbirth, reach grieving parents in a gentle and accessible way." Photo: Getty Images.
"Australian medical team combines art with science to explain stillbirth, reach grieving parents in a gentle and accessible way." Photo: Getty Images.

The last thing new mothers should have to worry about is whether the state will honour their obligation to pay UIF timeously, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

I have a friend who is a phenomenal nurse. She works mostly in maternity wards, which like most nursing jobs involves long hours and deep compassion.

When Covid-19 hit, she and her husband, who is also a nurse, kept working, because that is what nurses do. When the rest of us collapse, they keep standing and nurture us back to health. What was amazing was that my friend was pregnant at the time, but despite the additional risks that Covid-19 posed to her and the baby, she stayed at her post right till the end of her pregnancy.

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