Cassimo Bique, an OB-GYN, sits with traditional birth attendants in Mozambique. Bique is an advocate for the drug misoprostol, which can prevent postpartum hemorrhaging in women. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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Many of the women in the community called "The 25th of June" began childbearing as teenagers in Mozambique. They all say that soon after their first periods, they took part in an initiation ritual called okanone that taught them about sex. Andrea Hsu/NPR hide caption

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