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Childbirth is a deeply feminine ritual during which men are banished to the ritual protection of the home. It is considered unlucky for the birthing mother for a man to be present during her time of trial.

Midwives are considered to be deeply sacred people and nobody, no matter how poor, would willingly refuse to offer a midwife food and shelter. It is the duty of a family to provide these for a midwife during the time surrounding a birth and it is very common for midwives to be family-less women who are effectively nomadic, moving from house to house as they are needed. It would be considered odd if a midwife did not stay with the expecting mother and her family in the week before and after the birth. A midwife is not paid for her work but it is common for gifts to be given to ensure her comfort.

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