Jesus the Midwife
María de Jesús Pérez Vásquez
Coalaca, Las Flores, Lempira
"I’m 92, I was born in 1925. I had three of my own children, two boys and a girl. I spend most of my time in the house nowadays, with my daughter-in-law and grandchildren.
There’s no one else my age around here. The secret to a long life is to rest enough but not too much, eat as little as a child eats and work hard. I still like to make tortillas, though my fingers are getting stiff now.
My parents didn’t have money to send me to school, but I learned a few things. I worked as a midwife for 60 years. I delivered a lot of babies, attended a lot of women in birth. Everyone here knows me. Women still bring me little gifts to say thank you. When I walk down the road, most of the people I meet I saw them arrive in this world. I was the first person to hold them.
My husband was a drunk. He died of a hangover in a field 12 years after we got married. I brought up the children on my own."
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