Wednesday, December 10, 2008

The traditional birth attendant, known as a dhai, calls for garlic and burning chillies. She wants Morjina to retch, in a desperate attempt to strengthen her contractions.

Once the baby, a little girl, has arrived, the dhai starts pushing on Morjina's tummy, first with her hands, then with her feet. She was trying to deliver the placenta as quickly as possible.

In this case, the dhai, Musammat Sobura, started to force Morjina's hair down her throat, causing her to retch and sweat. Eventually the placenta came away and was buried next to her bed, deep in the mud floor.

Read the full story at BBC.

Keeping in mind the literacy rate of Pakistan, i believe that this would also be happening in our rural areas.