“So she was just giving a story of the first delivery she carried out. She hadn’t had any training, but she had seen her aunty go to the bushes to pick up local herbs to help women deliver. She then returned to deliver her stepmother’s baby. She was around sixteen years old.” John translated for me. Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) like this lovely “geja” (grandmother) highlight the relevant role of traditional medicine in the community of Ddegeya. On the other hand, TBAs demonstrate the need for educated maternal care and safe deliveries.


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