Saturday, July 11, 2009

baby benja born

A healthy new addition to the village, Disyon Besi, son of our P.A., Benja and his wife Anna. A few days ago Anna was lugging water and firewood, the birth a mere blip in proceedings. It is customary to give birth at home with the help of your mother and other female relatives. The father never participates, and a doctor is rarely on site. Most women I have asked say their labour is short - one to three hours - from first contractions to birth.

Infant mortality is reasonably high, and in my understanding often due to simple factors such as phlegm, which would be swiftly dealt with in a western medical facility. Anna and Benja have already lost two babies, so hopefully all goes well for little Disyon.

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