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Friday, December 4, 2009

Baby Born in Homeless Camp

By Shannon Moriarty
Published December 04, 2009

This week in Vancouver, a baby girl was born. No, she was not born in a hospital with family eagerly anticipating her arrival in the waiting room. This little girl was born outside in a tent, part of a homeless camp that sits down an embankment off of Highway 50. Sure, it may be nice to think that the opportunities awaiting every newborn are the same. Sadly, this isn't the case.

Emergency responders were dispatched shortly after the early morning birth on Wednesday. According to the Daily News Online, both mother and baby were transported to the hospital in good condition. Miraculous, considering the outdoor temperature was near-freezing at the time of the baby's birth.

This was a tough story to read. Although, the birth of a child almost always makes me smile - even in this case. It's hard not to feel a sense of wonder whenever a new, healthy baby is brought into the world. Mixed in is a sense of uncertainty, in an "anything is possible" kind of way. What does the future have in store for this baby?, you wonder. Where you you go? What will you do? What will you become?

For some families, however, this uncertainty has an entirely different meaning, like when it's time to leave the hospital and return to reality. For so many mothers and newborns, this sometimes means returning to a crowded, hectic homeless shelter. How long will we be able to live here? Where will we go next? For others - like the young mother and baby in Vancouver - the answers to these questions are even more unknown when there isn't even a shelter to return to.

It would be nice to think that we all toe the same line at the start of life. That we all start at the same place with the same conditions, and have the same opportunities and challenges. But as this story illustrates, this is not the case.

Some babies are born in a hospital, surrounded by doctors and nurses, and return home to a freshly painted nursery packed with new clothes and toys.

Others are born outside, on a near-freezing night, to a homeless mother in a tent city.