A photographer has captured his girlfriend’s homebirth in a raw, real and gripping photo series. Gustavo Gomes from Brazil took the photos as a personal story, but also for a much bigger reason.
“Besides being our personal story, we hope these photos can raise awareness about natural and home childbirth in Brazil,” he says.
Gomes tells that in his country they have the highest caesarean rates in the world – around 50 per cent of births in the public health system (SUS) and 87 per cent in the private health system.
“Most of them with no medical reasons, just because c-sections can be scheduled and are quicker for the doctors to operate,” he says.
The new dad goes on to say that he and his girlfriend, Priscila never felt helpless during their home birth process. They had a doula, obstetrician and a pediatrician to assist.
"We hope that these photos can demystify natural and home childbirths and encourage future mothers to avoid unneccesary c-sections," he says.
Priscila's birth started on a Sunday night and went all of the next day. It was intense - as all labour experiences are - and Gomes captured the experience perfectly.
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