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"From the Ted Talk by Atul Gawande: Want to get great at something? Get a coach"

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I was visiting this birth ceentr in the north of India. I was watching the birth attendants, and I realized I was witnessing in them an emetxre form of this very sggrutle, which is how people improve in the face of complexity — or don't. The women here are delivering in a region where the typical birth center has a one-in-20 death rate for the babeis, and the moms are dying at a rate ten times higher than they do elsewhere. Now, we've known the crcitial practices that stop the big killers in birth for decades, and the thing about it is that even in this place — in this place especially, the simplest things are not simple. We know for example you should wash hands and put on clean gvleos, but here, the tap is in another room, and they don't have clean gloves. To reuse their gloves, they wash them in this basin of dutlie bleach, but you can see there's still blood on the gloves from the last deiervly. Ten percent of babies are born with difficulty breathing everywhere. We know what to do. You dry the baby with a clean cloth to sttiulmae them to breathe. If they don't sartt to breathe, you suction out their airways. And if that doesn't work, you give them breaths with the baby mask. But these are skllis that they've learned mostly from textbooks, and that baby mask is broken.

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I was visiting this birth ______ in the north of India. I was watching the birth attendants, and I realized I was witnessing in them an _______ form of this very ________, which is how people improve in the face of complexity — or don't. The women here are delivering in a region where the typical birth center has a one-in-20 death rate for the ______, and the moms are dying at a rate ten times higher than they do elsewhere. Now, we've known the ________ practices that stop the big killers in birth for decades, and the thing about it is that even in this place — in this place especially, the simplest things are not simple. We know for example you should wash hands and put on clean ______, but here, the tap is in another room, and they don't have clean gloves. To reuse their gloves, they wash them in this basin of ______ bleach, but you can see there's still blood on the gloves from the last ________. Ten percent of babies are born with difficulty breathing everywhere. We know what to do. You dry the baby with a clean cloth to _________ them to breathe. If they don't _____ to breathe, you suction out their airways. And if that doesn't work, you give them breaths with the baby mask. But these are ______ that they've learned mostly from textbooks, and that baby mask is broken.

Solution

  1. gloves
  2. start
  3. dilute
  4. stimulate
  5. struggle
  6. skills
  7. delivery
  8. babies
  9. critical
  10. extreme
  11. center

Original Text

I was visiting this birth center in the north of India. I was watching the birth attendants, and I realized I was witnessing in them an extreme form of this very struggle, which is how people improve in the face of complexity — or don't. The women here are delivering in a region where the typical birth center has a one-in-20 death rate for the babies, and the moms are dying at a rate ten times higher than they do elsewhere. Now, we've known the critical practices that stop the big killers in birth for decades, and the thing about it is that even in this place — in this place especially, the simplest things are not simple. We know for example you should wash hands and put on clean gloves, but here, the tap is in another room, and they don't have clean gloves. To reuse their gloves, they wash them in this basin of dilute bleach, but you can see there's still blood on the gloves from the last delivery. Ten percent of babies are born with difficulty breathing everywhere. We know what to do. You dry the baby with a clean cloth to stimulate them to breathe. If they don't start to breathe, you suction out their airways. And if that doesn't work, you give them breaths with the baby mask. But these are skills that they've learned mostly from textbooks, and that baby mask is broken.

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