The dai : Traditional midwives in Pakistan
21-year-old Suni is 7 months pregnant and expecting her second baby lays on the bed while her dai (traditional midwife) Afroos checks the position of the baby.
She lives in the Orangi town slum, where only one government hospital provides medical care for around 2.5 million inhabitants. Most women still rely on their community dais to assist their deliveries.
Afroos has been a dai for over 20 years and learned her skills from her blind grandmother. She also works as a dai in the government hospital and did educate her further by following courses provided by the hospital. Orangi town, Karachi, Pakistan, 2010
- Wendy Marijnissen
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