This first washing symbolizes that the mother isn’t alone is raising her child, and that the community will always be there to help her. Like Latin America’s cuarentena, mothers here are nurtured with a similar custom called la dieta.” In rural areas, a father gives his wife a shirt that’s damp with his sweat after a hard day’s work while she’s in labor, which folklore says will give her strength. Na so so bush dey the place. The grandmother’s other job is to help mom get back into pre-pregnancy shape with a routine that includes a belly-flattening massage with a towel dipped in hot water. It is hoped that will education, girls will be allowed to remain in school until the age of 18. Nigeria is often described as a country of unity in diversity. To announce baby’s birth, parents place a stuffed stork in a window facing the street so it looks like the stork just flew in make the delivery. We and our partners will store and/or access information on your device through the use of cookies and similar technologies, to display personalised ads and content, for ad and content measurement, audience insights and product development. Their hosts also rub flour on baby’s eyebrows and hairline to give him a long life. In Inuit culture, birth is traditionally a calm and relatively peaceful affair. In this blog, David Kelleher, Carol Miller, and Shannon Sutton discuss TTI's transformational approach to promoting gender equality. To help ease them into motherhood, moms observe la cuarentena (“quarantine”)—a 40-day period when they recuperate from labor by abstaining from sex, physical activity and spicy foods. Another tradition says being pregnant with a boy makes a woman’s hair thick and shiny, while a girl does the opposite. The spoon means a girl, the knife a boy and the fork means the gender is undetermined. During this period, friends visit and eat the celebratory red rice and red bean dish osekihan. This description probably stems from ttie fact that the country is made up of over 400 linguistic groups, three principal religions, a multiple of socio-political opinions and organisations and varying weaiher and climatic condi- tions between ihe North and the South. The number of ethnic groups and dialects stand at more than 1,150. Names that are objects (like Apple) or surnames are never allowed, and you must be able to tell the baby’s gender by his or her first name. A few days or weeks after birth in Nigeria, a child’s naming ceremony follows, which is another occasion for a huge celebration, especially among traditional people of the south western region of Nigeria. Download The Appto explore more tools like Planner+ and Food Safety. Language . The most common greeting is a handshake with a warm, welcoming smile. CPED is committed to using the power of research and evidence to improve healthcare for mothers and newborns, and under-fives, and plans to do its utmost to see the health status of women and children in Nigeria improve. During this celebration, some mothers burn the placenta to symbolize the physical separation of mother and child. The government’s plan seems to be working, since the country has one of the lowest infant mortality rates in the world. Among other things, it was agreed that free maternal and under-five health care services be extended to primary health care facilities in Delta state, in addition to the secondary and tertiary health care levels where such service is already enjoyed. If you reach there self, medicine no dey and the matron go tell you sey make you bring plenty money before e go treat you”. In fact, Inuit midwives used to whisper all of their directions to the labouring women. CPED recognised that if progress is to be made in improving access to, and the quality of, MNCH care services in Nigeria, efforts must be made to tackle the challenge of health care financing, especially at the rural level. Conception to delivery is one of the wonderful miracles of life. As for the babies, they’re treated like gods. Please note: These are the author’s personal opinions and do not necessarily reflect those of the Think Tank Initiative. This included: a survey of MNCH care challenges in 10 states across Nigeria, a research project on ‘Access to Primary Health Care Services in Underserved Rural Communities of Delta state, Nigeria,’ and the implementation of a project on improving MNCH services in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. If you say you no get that kind money, she go sey make you go general hospital. Mom and baby stay home for 20 days after the delivery, and friends stop by and also sip serbeti. After the birth, mom and baby are carefully shielded from sunlight, even inside the house, where a canopy is hung over the bed. At the end of *la dieta, moms are given a bath with herbs, perfume and a cup of milk or three rose petals to mark their re-entry into the everyday world. Seen as divine beings descended from heaven, their feet can’t touch the ground for 210 days. Once 20 days have passed, mother and baby visit the homes of gift givers, where they receive a handkerchief filled with candy (for a good-natured baby) and an egg (for a healthy one). On the seventh day for a Yoruba girl and the ninth day for a boy, they’re given water (to have no enemies), palm oil (for a smooth, stress-free life), kola nut (for a long and healthy one) and salt and pepper (to keep things exciting and spicy). And while crying babies aren’t exactly encouraged stateside, it’s the opposite in Japan, where crying contests, nakizumo, are held to see which baby cries first. Meeting People. The fear and joy of giving birth in Nigeria. (We could get down with that!) You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. [Editor’s Note: This post was written by Job Imharobere Eronmhonsele, Head of the Policy Engagement and Communications Division of Nigeria’s Centre for Population and Environmental Development (CPED). Legislation does not seem to be very effective. Parents also dress newborns in red, which is considered good luck and keeps evil spirits away. The big question is: how long should we continue to see our sisters, mothers and children suffer and die from sicknesses, diseases and complications which are preventable, avoidable and treatable? Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. The Dutch embrace natural childbirth, and their medical system reflects that—most expectant moms see a midwife and only visit an ob-gyn for high-risk pregnancies or complications. Maternal and child health statistics remain the most credible proxies for the state of human development worldwide and the rate of women dying during child birth has become worrisome in Nigeria. Nobody dey clear am. In this blog, Shannon Sutton discusses how storytelling was important for the Gender at Work series. Etiquette and Customs in Nigeria . Most Japanese women aim to deliver their baby sans painkillers, an ancient belief that stems from the Buddhist belief that labor pains must be endured as a test to prepare for the difficulties of motherhood. In Navajo culture, the first time a baby laughs is considered a significant event. In Nigeria, where many women deliver without medical care, around one in 125 die during or just after childbirth, making it the world's fourth most dangerous country in which to give birth, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For example, in one community in Okpe LGA, Delta state, a female interview respondent said (in Nigeria Pigin): “I stop to dey go the health centre wey dey this community the day wey snake nearly bite me for the compound.