By The IRC
But there is no such thing as bed rest here for pregnant women. Expectant mothers are still responsible for gathering firewood and water for their families: traditional “women’s jobs” which often involve carrying heavy loads for many miles. It’s no wonder that miscarriages are common. A midwife I met the other day -- a woman who is knowledgeable about family planning -- tells me that she has been pregnant 17 times, but has only given birth to 10 children.