Birth and brit mila

Dedicated to my husband and son, Zecharia and Benyamin David

 
Name of speaker: 
Naʿama David
Gender of speaker: 
Female
Occupation of speaker: 
Agriculture
Age of speaker at time of recording: 
87
Year of immigration: 
1950
Speaker's country of origin: 
Speaker's community of origin: 
Language: 
Judeo-Arabic
Documentation: 
Yaʿel Wecsler and Naʿama Ratsaby
Year of recording: 
2019
Hebrew translator: 
Naʿama Ratsaby (assisted by Yaʿel Wecsler)

Translation: 


David: I gave birth to a girl. It was all red and my mother thought I’m going to lose my child.

Ratsaby: There were no midwives in Yemen?

David: No. The older women deliver the young. They cut the umbilical cord, bury the placenta, and wash the mother. For a month, my sisters didn’t let me out of bed. They fed me with harish and ‘asit.

Ratsaby: What did you do if the baby doesn’t nurse?

David: In Y...read more