These past few weeks I have been spending a lot of time in a place I am coming to find is really a favourite for me – prenatal clinic. It is a place where I am constantly challenged to practice and utilize my language skills as well as my midwifery skills without the anxiety that comes with imminent birth. One of the patients I encountered recently has been on my heart and mind constantly since her visit. Both of her previous babies had been born 3 months too early. Neither baby survived. The implications of this make it likely that her current and future pregnancies could follow a similar path. I sent her off with a referral to a doctor, and wrote my name on her chart so that I can follow her through her pregnancy. I am not hopeful that she will be offered anything that will improve the likely outcome so I find myself thinking and praying for her often. I pray that this time, her body will hold on to this baby until he/she has a good chance of being fully developed and ready to enter the world and I hope that in 2 weeks I see her walking through our door and a little heartbeat tocks steadily through my doppler.