Esmeralda Cabral is a graduate of The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University and a current MFA student at the University of King’s College in Halifax. Her work has been published in anthologies, the Globe and Mail, and online. Two of her stories have aired on CBC Radio. She lives in Vancouver with her family and her dog.
I was two days away from my thirty-second birthday and giving birth to my first child.
“Push, push! Come on, you can do better than that,” the nurse was yelling at me.
“No, I can’t. I’m giving it everything I’ve…