The female population in the villages of India in the reproductive age group is 15 crores. They need utmost care at the time of giving birth to a child and immediately thereafter.
For centuries, experienced midwives used to supervise and provide necessary care as per the principles of Ayurveda to women in village’s time of childbirth. Two basic aids for such a system of care were a massage of oil, and fomentation on fire lit with dung cakes.
The midwives used to massage the woman and new born child for 40 days after delivery, with the help of oil and slow fomentation, with the help of heated dung cakes.
However, now the dung cakes have become almost unavailable. Oil also is very costly and hence, poor women are unable to buy it.
Thus, if the necessary aids for providing care during childbirth are not available, what is the use of persons providing such care? And thus, lakhs of Hindu and Muslim midwives have lost their centuries old, ancestral and at the same time, very useful profession.
Thus, on one hand, conventional and cheap medical care, available to crores of poor women at the time of their childbirth is snatched away, and on the other, modern and costly medical care is either not available or beyond the reach of the needy.
As a result of this situation, in the absence of proper and timely medical care, crores of women get afflicted by various diseases associated with childbirth, and live a painful life thereafter till death.
It is surprising that various organizations and social workers who claim to be working for the welfare of women, or scholars in the field of Ayurveda, or any women’s organization have not uttered a single word against this criminal carelessness towards child and mother health or have never drawn attention to these problems!
Western thinking and philosophy have limited the meaning of liberation of women, only to procuring liberties for women to indulge in shameless behavior, permissiveness and abortion.