Deborah Craig is a doula and childbirth educator. She lives in Bellingham, Washington, with her husband, Negash, and their two homebirthed children, Makela and Mario. Deborah enjoys reading about and collecting birth rituals from all over the world.
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Photos provided by Addis Ababa Fistula Hospital
About 5% of women worldwide will experience obstructed labor, the major cause of fistulas. Learn about this amazing hospital in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia where women can go for help.
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Photo by Tewodros Getnet
“When a labor is long and difficult, women of the village put huge rocks on their shoulders and walk around the hut to take some of the burden of the mother’s pain and encourage her to keep going.” This and other village childbirth traditions are shared by Danyanish Mekkonen, traditional Ethiopian midwife.
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