Tag Archives: Delivery

Women’s Work on Narratively

I love what Narratively did with my Women’s Work project, and am so glad to have the opportunity to speak about this work I’m doing (all of it!).

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Women’s Work on Lens Blog

I loved seeing the Women’s Work project on Lens – Rena Silverman’s questions were so thoughtful!

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Birth Culture on Slate.com

Slate published an interview with me and a selection of my Birth Culture photographs. I’m so glad to have had the chance to explain why I care about this project, and to share the work widely. I’m amazed and happy about the response it’s gotten – 24,000 shares on Facebook!

Much like death, the subject of birth is often taboo, a fact of life that is rarely explored beyond established procedure. Proujansky has been fascinated by the various ways in which each culture she has explored approaches birth but said that in the United States, gender and generation often dominate the conversation.

“We have ideas about what women’s bodies are for and it’s not this,” she said about American views on birth. “You see a woman naked but her body is performing functions that are intense. Our culture has a weird thing about images of women’s bodies doing this kind of physical work that isn’t young and sexy; birth has elements of struggle, power, transformation and mortality that don’t fit with our ideas about women’s bodies: they’re ok to look at when they’re sexy but when they’re working it’s something else. Birth is uncontrolled and that freaks us out.”

She also feels it ties into the idea of how we view motherhood.

“We sometimes celebrate mothers and put them on a pedestal and they’re supposed to be self sacrificing with an endless well of love but we also have stereotypes about them being intellect free with snide jokes about mom jeans and soccer moms.”

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All of It: Jen

Jen and her husband work in communications for non-profit organizations, and they are both dedicated to social justice, work and family. I recently got to photograph Jen at work and, later, giving birth at home. Her husband, friend, midwife and three-year-old daughter Olive watched as baby Wiley joined the family.

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Birth Culture in the Guardian

I’m very glad to have the Birth Culture project featured in the Guardian’s “My Best Shot” column. Have a look at their previous posts, too – some really interesting work on there.

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New York Times Sunday Review Publishes Birth Culture

I am so pleased to share that the New York Times Sunday Review published an excerpt of my Birth Culture project along with an op-ed I wrote.

You can see more photographs from the project here.

Posted in Africa, Baby, Birth, CASA midwifery school, Chunhuhub, Delivery, Doctors Without Borders, Dominican Republic, José Maria Morelos, Lagos, Massachusetts, Mexico, Midwifery, New York Times, Nigeria, Quintana Roo, San Miguel de Allende, Traditional Midwife Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

The Daily Beast

My photographs of intercultural midwifery were recently published on the Daily Beast. It’s very exciting to have this work seen by a wider audience!

Posted in Baby, Birth, CASA midwifery school, Chunhuhub, Daily Beast, Delivery, Education, José Maria Morelos, Massage, Mexico, Midwifery, Quintana Roo, San Miguel de Allende, Traditional Midwife Also tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Blogging for Every Mother Counts

I’ve been blogging for Every Mother Counts this month – they’re a great organization dedicated to education and advocacy for global maternal health. Here’s a link to the first post. I’m so pleased to be involved with EMC in their important work.

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CASA Midwifery School in Mexico

Here are some photos from my most recent trip for my Birth and Culture project.

In this first post, students from CASA, Mexico’s only government-accredited midwifery training program, prepared for a trip to rural villages where they studied with Mayan traditional midwives. At their school in San Miguel de Allende, they practiced giving presentations on women’s health and responding to birth emergencies. And in CASA’s hospital, a local traditional midwife delivered a woman’s fifth baby.

Next post: the journey.

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