Birth Assistance in the Rural Area: Patterns of Delivery Assistance

Part of the Culture, Illness, and Healing book series (CIHE, volume 3)


According to the Bariba ideal, a pregnant woman during her first pregnancy will be tutored by relatives and friends in appropriate behavior and interdictions. During subsequent pregnancies, she is expected to be self-sufficient and not to need counsel except in the event of abnormalities. Additionally, the ideal woman delivers alone, calling for assistance to cut the cord after the delivery of the child. Even a primipara is expected to try to deliver alone.


Therapeutic System Delivery Assistance Spirit Possession Maternity Clinic Spirit Cult 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company, Dordrecht, Holland 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of AnthropologySouthern Methodist UniversityDallasUSA

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