Arctic Nomad Tundra Women – Pregnancy & Childbirth – Video
Date: July 21, 2023
ARCTIC NOMAD TUNDRA WOMEN – PREGNANCY & CHILDBIRTH – VIDEO
To get to the hospital, a helicopter is required as the distance is too far.
While it was scheduled to arrive the next day to pick up Vera, a severe blizzard hit and it was not possible for the aircraft to get to the family’s remote location.
As a result, Vera ended up giving birth at home.
The video explains that tundra women are not allowed to give birth in the chum as they believe that it makes the temporary abode unclean.
Instead, the nomadic women give birth in a ‘small, cold outbuilding.’
In one scene, Vera can be seen crouched on all fours as she goes into labor by the fire, with her family members on hand to help.
The captions reveal that it was a difficult labor and ‘many hours went by.’
They also highlight that tundra women never yell or cry during labor as this is considered a sign of weakness.
To help ease the pain, Vera’s aunt can be seen picking straw from under the mother to give to a shamanic healer.