Remote Birth

Marcellina is one of hundreds of Timor Leste’s traditional midwives. Every day, she walks between ten to fifteen kilometres assisting expecting and young mothers with antenatal and neonatal care in and around the remote mountainous village of Asulau. Her time-honoured techniques have been passed down through generations. In recent years, she has incorporated contemporary practices learnt through the Dili based Bairo Pite Clinic and Japanese NGO, Frontline. On 2 July 2011, Marcellina was called to assist Eliza Soares, 25, give birth to her fifth daughter. The birthing process was far from smooth. A breech birth three hours from the capital meant that both the young mother and baby were at serious risk to the small South East Asian countries exceptionally high infant and maternal mortality rate.   Using contemporary medical […]

by · June 16, 2014 · Health, World