Position and handling of delivery (Ecuador)
Amazonian Quichua women in Ecuador traditionally give birth kneeling down, holding a handle made of plant fibres – carahuasca– which hangs above them. During labour they are attended by several midwives and trainees, who are appreciated for their personal and emotional attention and for their practical knowledge. The women who resort to their services highlight their use of medicinal remedies and ability in repositioning badly-positioned babies to avoid caesarean section. The younger generations are starting to go to hospital to give birth.