Take a breath! Push hard! One, two and thr… Push very hard! More more more, one last one.

Don’t be afraid. Stop. Now don’t push. A woman’s strangled cry is heard, then silence reigns. Only a rhythmic drumming like African tom-toms, boom, boom, boom, continues incessantly. That sound is the infant’s heartbeat emerging from the loudspeaker of the monitor. The beating heart of the newborn on...