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According to Zulu custom a witchdoctor should be present to bless the ground on
which the firstborn is to be delivered, and to help in case of need, but is not
necessary with second and subsequent births.22 Maidens smear cow dung on
one should deliver a child by smearing one's hand with bone marrow and
helping the baby 'get through the road that is closed'. Both mother and midwife '
must follow the pain, keep quiet, and listen'. The mother should handle the baby
A peasant way The Jamaican baby who is born at home is delivered by the local
trained midwife or by the nana. Even if the delivery is conducted by the trained
midwife a nana may be called in to give guidance during pregnancy, and again ...
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Mothercraft or Motherhood ?
The Motherhood Trap
Mothers in the Social System
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