Elina Brynza no longer decorates the nursery to welcome their newborn. Instead, she and her husband gather items and constantly rush to their bomb shelter.
“Here is our shelter. We have to go there with my little baby, our friend and my husband. We sit here and we have chairs. Warm clothes. We have no heating, but we are thinking about it now.” describes Elina Brynza, as she walks down the storage area converted into a bomb shelter.
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Elina and her husband run to the air-raid shelter four to five times a day.
“We hear something in the air or something else and it can be a rocket or a plane. We take our little girl and run to our garage to this hole, and we can sit here for half an hour or 3 hours”, Brynza.
Once the gunfire has stopped, they run out and run home.
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ABC7 News reporter Luz Peña spoke to her during this small window, when she felt safe inside her home.
Besides survival, all she can think about is how she will give birth in the middle of a war zone.
Elina’s due date is this week.
“I’m scared,” said Elina Brynza and added, “How can we get to the hospital? I don’t know how it will be. Today we went to the hospital and they also afraid, and they don’t know what will be tomorrow or in two hours in our city.”
Elina Brynza prays for a break in the gunfire, which gives her enough time to get to the hospital. Meanwhile, many pregnant women across Ukraine are giving birth in underground bomb shelters at area hospitals.
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Nadia Gordynsky is the president of Save a Life International, a non-profit organization that helps women in pregnancy crisis.
“We focus on all of our clients, the women we are already helping. Single mothers, who have already given birth to their babies. We try to transport them out of the firing zones, out of the danger zone and relocate them so that it is women who are mostly our customers, but right now, for example, from Zaporizhia, 30 people arrived about an hour before that,” Gordynsky said.
Gordynsk said it helped many women flee.
“A lot of people call our centers, so they’re not (the) only people we’re helping, but we’re helping everyone,” Gordynsky said and added, “God is giving supernatural strength to people. Right now, we continue to pray day and night and we truly believe that God has power and today we see that there is a breaking point that is all Ukraine is not going to be destroyed.
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As for Elina, she clings to her faith and cancels the noise of war for her one-year-old child while focusing on welcoming new life into this world.
“We want to name him Mark, Mark,” Elina Brynza said.
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