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Photographer Tina Nandi Wants To Popularize Home Births

  • JWB Post
  •  August 18, 2015

This photographer captures thrilling images of child-birth in homes! The age-old way to give birth has impressed the photographer so much that she wants to promote the idea.

These intimate moments of mother giving birth to babies at home show the complicated process in a very heart-touching manner. According to the photographer, the hospitals can be alienating places if overworked doctors and nurses are unable to personally attend to women in labor. Tina strongly believes that natural births at home are more convenient. She also objects the manner in which modern medicine gives rise to unnecessary surgical procedures.

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Do you agree?

Below are the photographs featuring Shivani Sinha during the birth of her son, Arin. You can also see Lina Duncan, an American midwife, who is now living in Mumbai, making this her full-time profession. Lina helped set up an in-house pool for a water birth, assisting Shivani through her six hours of labour.

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Tina says, “We tend to think birth is horrific, and we are fearful of the experience. Most of the birth stories we hear from people around us and those portrayed by mainstream media tend to induce this fear in us. But there is an alternative to that and I think it is one of the biggest secrets kept from women today.”

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About the project, Tina remarks, “The idea is not to put down hospital birth because it can be a life saver and it is true that high risk births have become less dangerous thanks to access to medical care. But there tend to be a lot of interventions such as induction of labour, caesarean sections and instrumental deliveries that are done far more often than is healthy or needed or safe for women and their babies. Many women I know who have given birth the first time in a hospital and the second time with a midwife say there is a world of difference in the quality of care and dignity between the two experiences.”

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So how has been the response? Tina explains, “After I posted this, I’ve had women writing to me if I know of any midwives in Bangalore or Calcutta, but I don’t. I think that’s a tragedy. Even if we want to do birth differently, we don’t know how and who will help. I hope women will not just make informed choices regarding their own births, but will actively take part in redeeming contemporary birth culture in India – possibly by becoming doulas or midwives themselves.”

What do you think about water-births and home-births? Let us know!

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