Afghan training flipchart for pregnancy and childbirth

This cloth flipchart was donated to Thackray Medical Museum by a photographer who had spent time working in Afghanistan. The chart was apparently used as a teaching aid for women living in remote rural locations. Little else is known about the chart and, until recently, the Museum had no translation for the text which appears on the back of each flipchart image. However, members of a local Afghan Women's Association have since provided an explanation of the text, which is apparantly written in both Dari (Farsi) and Pashto.

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The front cover of the flipchart.

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The importance of eating the right food in preganacy.

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Pregnant women need to take time to rest and avoid heavy lifting.

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Pregnant women should visit the doctor.

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Visit the doctor if the baby is in an unusual position.

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A pregnant woman should travel by car rather than walking. If she feels pain she should travel by car to the clinic.

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Pregnant women must be careful when travelling to the hospital, resting rather than walking.

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If experiencing these symptoms it is important that the mother does not try to rectify the situation herself, as doing so could pose a risk to her womb and her hips. She should instead sleep and visit the doctor.

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Help pregnant women when they feel labour pains starting.

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Pregnant women should have a shower or bath, to be clean and to ease pain.

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Pregnant women should be careful to protect themselves from tetanus and make sure to be clean.

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Wash hands before eating food.

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Keep clean to stay healthy.

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Use clean equipment to avoid tetanus.

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Before cutting the umbilical cord, wash hands and also make sure to tie a knot to make a bellybutton. Make two knots and then cut between the knots.

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Do not breastfeed the first milk; only use this after a couple days. It is important to make sure the placenta is delivered.

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If the placenta isn’t delivered, treat this as soon as possible and make sure it all comes out.

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The woman’s womb should not be pushed but massaged slowly to get the placenta out. Go to the clinic if it is not delivered.

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