Hanan is a self-proclaimed activist in women’s rights and empowerment, so working in a maternity hospital is a perfect fit. She initiated “Palestinian Working Women for Development” and finds great joy in empowering women when she is not helping women give birth.
Hanan wrote, “Our work is full of emotions: sacred human emotions! As midwives, we see life while it’s being created in front of our eyes. Better still, we take part in this! We work with the woman while she is having labor pain, we hear her scream and cry of pain, but when we carry the baby and put him beside her heart, we hear her talk to him, and at once, her tears are happy ones. And this is our daily reward, which is far more important than all the rewards of the world.”
She said, “I can’t describe how happy I felt when a new young employee was recruited in the hospital to find out that I was the midwife during his birth. Look at him now, I thought, a young man building his future in the same place where he was born.”