Marita Obst, midwife. Illustration: Sam Hester

Marita Obst: Bringing newborns into a changed world

How an Edmonton midwife worked to keep everyone safe.

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Miranda Martini is a writer, editor and musician. She's also the membership editor for The Sprawl.

Sam Hester is a Calgary-based graphic recorder and longtime indie comics creator.

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