The Palette of Anemia

Photo by Daian Gan on


White is the color of her nails.

Underneath which little blood tails.


Red is the color of her pill

That she said made her ill.


Blue is the color of sheet in which her baby lies

Asleep as his mother in despair cries.


Green is the color of her hospital gown

That in her blood and tears drown.


Yellow is the color of the flowers

That on her grave her family showers.

In India around 50.3% of pregnant women are anemic. Hence it is no surprise that I rarely found a pregnant women with normal hemoglobin levels at the PHC. Anemia during pregnancy decreases the woman’s reserve to tolerate bleeding either during or after child birth and is associated with increased risk of intra uterine growth restriction, premature delivery, low birth weight (LBW), maternal and child mortality. How can we improve this situation?


Nothing but a recipient of Christ's grace. I am a young doctor and I use this space to find meaning in the bedlam of my thoughts. My blog might resonate with the screams of a young adult finding her place in life, the stench of hospital corridors, images of the many people who intrigue me and the lessons my Saviour Jesus teaches me.

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