Nepali Mothers Suffer From Fallen Wombs

July 29, 2014 4:09 PM

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It wasn't until I actually met rural Nepali women that I understood just how difficult life often is for mothers in that country. Not only are they expected to do all of the housework and most of the farming, they're expected to do it all while pregnant -- and to start their work again sometimes just one week after giving birth. This often leads many women to develop a painful condition where the womb falls into the vagina and, eventually, out of the body. It's called uterine prolapse and it affects at least 600,000 women in Nepal.

Last spring my partner Ian Bickis and I travelled to Siraha district in southeastern Nepal to document this widespread health problem, which is usually surrounded by stigma and secrecy.

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