Until fairly recently, it was common for women in Bali to have their babies at home with the assistance of a doula (midwife), but these days, most women choose to give birth in a hospital.
Many women, especially those from poorer areas, still give birth at home and the infant mortality rate in Indonesia is one of the highest in the world.
I moved into my husband’s family compound after we knew each other for less than a year.
(But seriously gasping at the story of Rachel’s online friend’s mother-in-law! I’m originally from the UK and met my Balinese husband while I was backpacking around Asia.I knew nothing about Bali before I came here, and was thrown in the deep end somewhat after we married.