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The dai : Traditional midwives in Pakistan

Halima has been a dai (traditional birth attendant) for 20 years and learned her skills from her mother without any formal training. Like most dai, Halima says she never handles cases with complications, yet every 30 minutes a woman dies during or shortly after childbirth in Pakistan. Bad hygienic conditions, unskilled assistance and untimely referral to the hospitals in cases of complications and post partum bleeding are some of the main reasons why dai are partly blamed for this high morbidity rate. Rehri Goth, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011

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Halima has been a dai (traditional birth attendant) for 20 years and learned her skills from her mother without any formal training. Like most dai, Halima says she never handles cases with complications, yet every 30 minutes a woman dies during or shortly after childbirth in Pakistan. Bad hygienic conditions, unskilled assistance and untimely referral to the hospitals in cases of complications and post partum bleeding are some of the main reasons why dai are partly blamed for this high morbidity rate. Rehri Goth, Karachi, Pakistan, 2011