The dai : Traditional midwives in Pakistan
Sherbano proudly shows her separate delivery room she built in her family living unit. Sherbano has been a dai for over 40 years. She doesn't know her age but recounts many of the deliveries she's handled over the years.
Trained by her mother and grandmother, she conducts both normal and breach deliveries. Most dai deny delivering any complicated cases and say they refer the patients to nearby hospitals. Yet most maternal deaths happen due to untimely referral or the lack of skill by the dai. Rehri Goth, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011
- Wendy Marijnissen
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