Nurse midwifery in Nepal


every nurse in Nepal knows how to use this, but I wonder if the younger nurses from USA even know what it does…….

This will be mercifully brief.

You may know that every RN  in Nepal is also a nurse-midwife. When I got my Nepali RN license I was surprised to see it in print. Men don’t attend  homebirth in Nepal.

Terrific link to a YouTube video about childbirth in rural Nepal.

go to my other blog to find it, plus the commentary from my book that deals with childbirth.



Filed under Nepal, nursing education

4 responses to “Nurse midwifery in Nepal

  1. Roji

    As a Nepalese, it is common knowledge that many births in rural Nepal (and some even in the cities) take place at home. Both of my parents, and the majority in their generation, were in fact born at home in the villages. To watch/witness a real home childbirth however, is a different thing, especially in today’s time. I dare say that the healthcare practices, prejudices against women, and social taboos witnessed in the video have remained intact for numerous generation.
    In the case of Basanti from the video, she was married at 14 and had her first child at the age of 17. Many are often wedded off when mensuration starts and often with a child within its first year. Even with 2 sons, Basanti vouches for a son at every birth since “sons are better than daughters”. She was worried when her husband in India had not called back knowing that he was upset at the birth of another girl. Many things were rather shocking to me when I watched the video. One was the lady shaking Basanti when she was in labor, the other was when they left the child on the floor uncovered for 7 minutes, and the worse was when one of the lady called the child a “rari” upon realizing that she was a girl. “Rari” in Nepali means widow but is a very derogatory word, often used to abuse women.
    It is true that men in Nepal often do not take part in child birth. Basanti’s husband was unable to help her as he was working in India but honestly I doubt her pregnancy would have been any different had he been home. Neighbors were not helpful either…being more concerned about the cameras staining Basanti’s husband reputation than her own health and life.
    Lastly, one cannot fail to neglect Basanti’s eldest daughter Sunita. As a 13 y.o, she already knows that as a female, she is a 2nd class citizen. Her “role” as a female is to do all the housework while the boys go out to play.
    I think it is commendable for the Nepali government to give an incentive of NRs 1000 (~USD12) to mothers who come to the hospital for childbirth. But when you live 5 hrs away from the nearest hospital with young children at home and no one else to look after them, home birth is the only option. As Basanti knows too well, giving new life in Nepal may often be at the cost of another.

    • thank you so much for this insight. please feel free to comment on any and all other Nepal blog entries.

      as an aside, I was once chatting with the Principal of one of the nursing schools, a nurse for thirty years, outside as we watched one of the school’s goats give birth. she told me she grew up on a small farm and was around goats for her whole life. persosn from an agricutural setting are much more accustomed to seeing birth of mammals than the average USA person would……

  2. clytieponce

    i am also a nurse-midwife…can you give me some advice on how can i get a work there in Nepal? thank you


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