Committed to Life
"When women are in labor, they feel better when someone is there who speaks their language and understands them. After everything they've been through, they should at least feel safe during birth. That's why I became a midwife," says Diyana, an Ezidi midwife from Iraq, when asked what motivates her. Her job is not always easy: the workplace is poorly equipped, the responsibility is great and the security situation is still difficult.
Safe childbirth is a human right, but not something that can be taken for granted. On average, more than 800 women die every day worldwide due to complications during pregnancy or childbirth. This is especially true in countries where a large proportion of people have very low incomes and medical care is inadequate.
Midwives are an essential part of a safe birth. They accompany expectant mothers medically, give them support and security. They support them before, during and after giving birth. They are often more than just medical personnel; midwives are caregivers, educators and confidants. Despite adverse circumstances, they perform the unimaginable for mother and child. They are heroines who stand up for life every day.
Six women, six countries, six places where babies are helped into life
The exhibition portrays six midwives from Côte d'Ivoire, Iraq, Cambodia, Uganda, Ukraine and Germany. Six women, six countries, six places where life begins. Each of the six women has her own personal story. What unites the women is their love for their profession and their motivation to support mothers and children. The photographs impressively show the circumstances under which the women work, the obstacles they face and the passion they bring to their profession - their vocation.
Everyone has the right to a self-determined pregnancy, a healthy, safe birth and comprehensive aftercare - regardless of where a child is born. The exhibition illustrates how important and valuable professional and sensitive prenatal care, birth support and aftercare by a midwife is for mother and child. Thanks to the generous support of the German Postcode Lottery, CARE was able to accompany all midwives on site for several days. All portraits were taken by local photographers.
CARE is particularly committed to the rights of women and girls worldwide. This includes protecting mothers and newborns and supporting the work of midwives worldwide. CARE trains midwives, operates mother-child wards that enable safe births, and educates women about their rights, family planning and contraception.
"Through my work, the amount of unplanned pregnancies decreased significantly."
"What I love about my job? It is so close to life. It is so very existential."
"As a midwife, I not only help bring life into the world, sometimes I have to save it, too."
"That smile from the mothers when they hold their babies in their arms for the first time. That is the most beautiful moment of my work."
"Through educational outreach, women can make more informed decisions. This has a positive impact on family planning."
Munguci Hope Mercy
"Every birth is very emotional. Not only for the mothers, but also for us. That's why we have a very close bond with the women."