to healthy delivery
have been an important part of the process of childbirth.
However, the trend of institutional deliveries has
sidelined them. These traditional midwives can be trained
for a role in the national rural health scheme to lower
the rate of maternal mortality, writes Usha
are over 10
lakh dais or traditional birth attendants serving rural
and urban communities in the country and for centuries
they have been delivering babies in return for a coconut,
a sari or sums as small as Rs 50 or 100.
According to the National Family Health Survey
(2005-2006), an overwhelming proportion of births,
especially in the high focus states of the National Rural
TRUSTED HANDS: Shanti Devi, a trained dai, examines a woman at a delivery hut in Byana village, 20 km from
Karnal, in Haryana
Mission (NRHM), still take place in homes.
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sings in Tamil
king Daler Mehndi
singing songs in Tamil and Telugu may sound strange, but that is
exactly what he is doing now. He is making a foray into southern
cinema with the much-talked-about Kuselan, starring Tamil