Well, here’s something you don’t see every day.
For a recent photography collection, Brazil-based photographer Gustavo Gomes decided to document his girlfriend, Priscila, giving birth to their child at home.
Gomes made sure to capture the true beauty and experience of a natural birth.
Of the purpose of the shoot, Gomes told
Besides being our personal story, we hope these photos can raise awareness about natural and home childbirth in Brazil.
As a matter of fact, Brazil is among the countries with the highest cesarean delivery rates in the world. Gomes said,
Around 50 percent of births in the public health system (SUS) and shockingly 87 percent in the private system — most of them with no medical reasons, just because C-sections can be scheduled and are quicker for the doctors to operate.
Throughout the series, you’ll see Priscila endure a 20-hour home birth before bringing the couple’s daughter, Violet, into the world.
Check out the photos below for a closer look!
When you typically think of the process of childbirth, you most likely picture it taking place in a hospital room.
You may also think about the possibility of having a C-section just because it would speed up the process.
However, in a country like Brazil, there are more people scheduling C-sections than people giving birth naturally.
In hope of raising awareness about natural and home childbirth, a Brazil-based photographer composed a collection of photos of his girlfriend Priscila’s 20-hour, home childbirth.
Gomes said, “Priscila and I never felt helpless during the whole process with a doula, an obstetrician and a pediatrician, and we hope that these photos can demystify natural and home childbirths and encourage future mothers to avoid unnecessary C-sections.”
Despite documenting a moment as special as this one, Gomes made sure to take some time away from the camera to assist with the birth.
At last, Violet was born and safely delivered.
So, what’s life like after giving birth at home?
Find out by keeping up with Gustavo Gomes, his girlfriend, Priscila, and their newborn, Violet, on Instagram!