Tag Archives: Midwifery

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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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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The Birth Place on CBS

I traveled to Winter Garden, FL a few weeks ago for Every Mother Counts to photograph Jennie Joseph and her patients at the Birth Place, a midwifery practice that provides doulas, childbirth education, prenatal care and other support to low-income women. CBS published the photos for Mother’s Day, and I’m happy that viewers can see the necessary work Jennie’s staff is doing.

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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!

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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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Mayan Abdominal Massage

Elsa Gonzalez Ayala is a traditional midwife in the small town of Chunhuhub in Quintana Roo, Mexico. She performs monthly prenatal massages for her patients, delivers babies in hammocks, and massages women in the weeks following birth to help their uteri contract. She recently adopted a baby, Juan Diego, who was born at seven months to a substance-abusing woman who disappeared soon afterward.

Although she practices traditional Mayan medicine, Doña Elsa is a devout Catholic who brought her son to be baptized, and she visits the local clinic for Western medicine. She showed the students from CASA Midwifery School how to perform abdominal massages, using this pregnant photographer as a demonstration model.

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CASA Midwifery Students Intercultural Midwifery Exchange

After their presentations at the Universidad Intercultural Maya, the midwifery students went to study in Mayan villages. Ema, Angie, Carmen Susana, Abi, Lupita and Elisa stayed with traditional midwife Doña Elsa in the small town of Chunhuhub. These students range in age from 17 to 36, and come from varied backgrounds: a performance artist, a small-town high school graduate, a nurse, an artisan who spent years traveling through Latin America.

Doña Elsa practices several kinds of alternative medicine, including herbal baths, ceremonies, chiropractic adjustments, and emotional and spiritual counseling, as well as referring patients to the local health center at times. The students stayed in her medical facility, watching her attend patients with fevers, depression and high blood pressure. Meanwhile, they offered prenatal visits at the health center, gave talks on contraception, and showed traditional midwives how to use analog thermometers, plastic umbilical cord clamps, and other equipment in a kit provided by the school.

Next post: traditional Mayan abdominal massage.

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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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