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In the pre-op room, Dr. Kalish meets with the patient.

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Dr. Kalish and a nurse help the patient off her bed in the pre-op room.

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The patient and her husband share a good-luck kiss as she walks to the operating room.

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Now in the operating room, Dr. Kalish washes the patient’s belly with an anti-bacterial solution that will minimize the risk of infection.

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The patient’s husband waits in the pre-op room. Once surgery begins, he’ll join Dr. Kalish and her team in the operating room.

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The patient and her husband as surgery begins.

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Dr. Kalish watching carefully as she makes the first incision.

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The baby emerges from the uterus.

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The baby was born at a healthy six-and-a half pounds.

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Dr. Kalish, as she’s handing the baby off to the pediatrician.

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Dr. Kalish (hands left) sews up the incision on the uterus. The bulges at the top of the uterus are fibroids, benign tumors that cause pain and bleeding.

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Dr. Kalish removes excess blood inside the abdomen with a laparotomy pad.

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Dr. Kalish sews up the incision site.

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Dr. Kalish massages the uterus, which causes it to contract and reduces the amount of bleeding.

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The surgeon monitors the patient’s vital signs in the recovery room.

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The new family shares a moment.

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