Urban Midwives portrays the almost unknown work of Midwives who provide attention in one of the biggest cities in Latin America, Mexico City. In the Metropolitan Area, a place where more than 20 million people live, there is only 1 Midwifery House and only 12 Midwives attending births at home.
Based on preliminary data from the Information Subsystem on Births of the Ministry of Health, during 2020 the rate of cea-sections in Mexico reached historical levels above 50% for the first time. These figures keep Mexico in the first places worldwide in cea-sections without medical indication, despite the fact that these represent greater risks to the health of women and are well above the 15% recommended by the WHO.
In 2020, Mexico City was the epicenter of the pandemic with the arrival of the COVID-19 in Mexico, women sought to flee from infections, unnecessary cea-sections, obstetric violence and the lack of companions when they went into labor. According to WHO data, 85% of women in the world are healthy women candidates for a home birth. Thanks to the Urban Midwives, women manage to avoid unnecessary interventions, excesses of medicalization and a hospital system that insists on controlling and colonizing their bodies.