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Remember how we were taught that there are rules? You look at a fact pattern and apply the rule to that fact pattern. The rule is always right and you always follow the rule. Except when you don’t.

For every rule, there is an exception. So you always follow the rule, except when there is an exception, in which case you follow a new rule based on that exception. Following this pattern always guarantees that you come to the right decision.

Except when it doesn’t.

There are exceptions to every exception. So the rule is always right, unless there is an exception to that rule, in which case you take the course of action prescribed by the exception, unless there is an exception to that exception, in which case, you follow the course of action prescribed by the exception to the exception.

Did I just confuse you there??? Right! In summary it means to every rule, there is an exception.

This applies to English Language, Mathematics, Science etc. but did you know it applied to this pandemic? Yes!

It applies in COVID-19 too!!! Midwives are the exception to the rule of social distancing.

The main duties of a midwife involves looking after women during pregnancy and labour, and offering postnatal care up to a certain point after birth. Midwives play an extremely important role in preparing women for delivery as well as helping to maintain their health during and after pregnancy.

We have all heard how Social distancing, also called physical distancing, is a set of non-pharmaceutical intervention or measure taken to prevent the spread of a coronavirus by maintaining a physical distance between people and reducing the number of times people come into close contact with each other.

Ok so take a minute and imagine you are in labour and the midwife stands two feet apart and says I will help you deliver from here.

Can you just imagine how possible this is and the outcome of your delivery? Exactly!!!

Message from Niyi Ojuolape UNFPA Rep in Ghana