Throwback To A Pregnant Missionary

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We certainly had a different birthing experience in Ecuador. Many indigenous women give birth standing up. They hold on to a scarf draped over the rafters in their home which allows them to dar la luz (give birth) in a standing position. This way of giving birth causes the mother less pain and more safety during the process. It also causes a more rapid birth and much less stress on the baby. No pain medicine is given so rapid births are sought after. Angelita was very brave to leave her own culture and customs and embrace the Ecuadorian way. 

With much love,

The Downings

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