Belly Woman: Birth, Blood & Ebola: the Untold Story (Paperback)
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Belly Woman: Birth, Blood & Ebola: the Untold Story (Paperback)

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Paperback 300 Pages
Published: 18/10/2022
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Courage meets crisis in a doctor's extraordinary true account on the frontlines of maternal healthcare during a deadly epidemic in Sierra Leone.

In May 2014, as the country grapples with the highest maternal mortality rate globally, a new, invisible threat emerges: Ebola.

Dr. Benjamin Black finds himself at the centre of the outbreak. From the life-and-death decisions on the maternity ward to moral dilemmas in the Ebola Treatment Centers, every moment is a crossroads where a single choice could tip the balance between survival and catastrophe. The tension is palpable, and the stakes are unimaginably high. One mistake, one error of judgment, could spell disaster.

Belly Woman is a powerful piece of reportage and advocacy that draws parallels between two global outbreaks of infectious diseases: Ebola and COVID-19. Black's firsthand experience on the frontlines of a global health crisis bears witness to the raw emotions, tough decisions, such as the need to carry out medically-mandated abortions to save lives, and the unwavering dedication that defines the lives of those who step up when the world needs them most.

Compelling for readers with an interest in medical memoirs, social justice, and humanitarianism, as well as healthcare professionals and maternal health caregivers.

Publisher: Neem Tree Press Limited
ISBN: 9781911107576
Number of pages: 300


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Moving, kind, eye-opening, terrifying and inspirational - this book will stay with me for years."—Adam Kay, author of This Is Going to Hurt;"Black puts a human and profoundly humane face on what it’s like to be a doctor."—Forbes;“Benjamin Black has the most amazing gift for telling a story. I could not put the book down.”—Victoria Macdonald, Channel 4 News;“A brilliant, painful and honest book. Read it.”—Mary Harper, Africa Editor at the BBC;“Dedicated and passionate.”—The Lancet Infectious Diseases;"Belly Woman is a must-read for our times. It is riveting, illuminating and humbling.’—Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love and The Devil That Danced on the Water;"This is an inspirational story of compassion and dedication in the face of a brutal epidemic, and Benjamin Black is the one to tell it."—Leah Hazard, author of Hard Pushed: A Midwife’s Story;"I was gripped from the first page. May we all be humbled by this book."—Anna Kent, author of Frontline Midwife;"Brave, moving, and vital. A unique account of battling the Ebola outbreak while providing maternity care in Sierra Leone, and of the incredible women, families, and health workers Dr Black encountered. Read it."—Damien Brown, author of Band-Aid for A Broken Leg

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“Brilliant”

A deeply compassionate and moving book

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“An extraordinary book”

I did not really know what to expect but once I started Belly Woman I could not put it down. It’s an extraordinary book. Fascinating, sad, compassionate, human. You can see, hear and feel the presence not only of... More

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“Moving Must-Read”

This really is a book for our times - a spectacular true story by a doctor trying to provide medical care to women during a deadly epidemic. This book is not only incredibly moving - giving a human-level view to a... More

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