Editor’s note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today, Issue 94, Summer 2010.Subscribe to Midwifery Today Magazine When we were interviewing dais (traditional Indian midwives) about their experiences at births, their techniques, skills and rituals, everyone we interviewed, including one Muslim dai, mentioned Shasti Ma, the goddess of childbirth. The dais talked about how they… Read more…. Shasti Ma
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