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The War Babies of Kyiv

© Sasha Maslov

Since the war came to the Ukrainian capital, many people decided to leave their homes and flee. But for pregnant women approaching their due dates, it wasn’t as simple. Facing a high probability of extreme stress and no certainty that any medical facilities would be available, families expecting children decided to stay in besieged Kyiv and have given birth as fighting raged just outside of the city.

Between February 24th, when the full-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began, and April 26th, the city of Kyiv recorded 1,531 new births. Among them, Maternity Hospital #2 recorded 162 births compared to 524 last year. The hospital is located on the edge of Kyiv.

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