“In my day, we gave birth in the rice fields!”

I hadn’t planned to re-blog another post, but this is just too timely and fitting not to…..Here’s another quick read from the Philippine mountains….

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by Crystal Meeks

The other day I met an elderly lady in her 70s from Bugnay who explained to me how times are changing.

Old lady in Bugnay with Zion. Old lady in Bugnay with Zion.

She said in her day, the women were strong and they would give birth in the rice fields, tie the babies to their backs and keep on working. She stated that now-a-days the women are lazy.  She said that now, when the women get pregnant they stop working.  I needed her to define “work” because I have never seen any Butbut sitting idly.  They are always cooking, washing clothes and dishes, pounding rice and chasing after their children.  According to the old lady, in her day, women worked much harder.

So I asked,  “Do you think it was better in your time and the clinic here is not effective because the women should be strong enough to deliver without a…

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