Baghdad NPR Staff Member Welcomes Baby Boy
STEVE INSKEEP, host:
And we have an update this morning to a report that moved many of our listeners. We listened this month to an Iraqi who works for NPR. Saleem Amer was preparing for his wife to give birth in Baghdad.
(Soundbite of previous NPR broadcast)
SALEEM AMER: How can I get out to the hospital on time with roadblocks, traffic jams, and IEDs peppered throughout my street? At night, the police are supposed to provide an escort for a woman about to give birth. But can I trust them? These are things that I worry about.
RENEE MONTAGNE, host:
We can tell you now, happily, that Saleem and his wife made it to the hospital safely. And yesterday, they became the proud parents of a healthy baby. Yuseff has black hair and bluish-gray eyes; he weighed-in at 10-pounds.
INSKEEP: The proud father reports the birth went well, even though the electricity went out after 11:00 in the evening and the nurses encouraged Saleem to leave before dark, since gunmen sometimes arrive at hospitals to kidnap the men.
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