There was a time when birth was spiritual. When birth attendants possessed knowledge of traditional ayurvedic medicines and practices. When the care of pregnant, laboring and postpartum women was provided by people who felt like family.
What happened to birth in Sri Lanka? And what happened to the women who were once at the center of this story and now exist almost entirely in the margins?
In our efforts to modernize maternal healthcare, what became of our traditional midwives?