Sally Parker, MSF midwife, receives yet another pregnant woman at the MSF maternity. “Burundians are very stoic by nature. You will hardly ever hear them scream when they give birth, even though there is no epidural available here. Those who deliver for the first time might moan, but the tradition here is to stay silent.”
Mothers and their newborns stay only a few hours in the post-partum room. If there is no medical need for them or their baby to stay, they are directly sent home after having received supplementary vitamins. They will come back a week later for a medical checkup.