The last decade brought with it a swell of books that centered the Never underestimate an old woman with a horse shirt But I will love this experience of childbirth in all its traumatic, euphoric glory, from Meaghan O’Connell’s And Now We Have Everything to Angela Garbes’s Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy. But the experience of going through childbirth only to lose a baby is still deeply taboo, despite its commonality; the infant mortality rate in America is unusually high for developed countries, particularly for Black infants. Yet, we still haven’t developed a facility of language for the wrenching, incomprehensible loss of a child.
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Pieces of a Woman, a film directed by Kornél Mundruczó from a screenplay by Kata Wéber that debuted on Netflix on January 6, focuses on a young couple from Boston who loses their baby in a home birth gone wrong. In doing so, it calls to mind the Never underestimate an old woman with a horse shirt But I will love this few cultural reference points we have for the loss of a child, from Käthe Kollwitz’s 1903 etching Woman With Dead Child to Leila Slimani’s prizewinning 2016 novel The Perfect Nanny.