Urban Midwives portrays the almost unknown work of midwives serving in one of the largest cities in Latin America, Mexico City. In the Metropolitan Area, a place where more than 20 million people live, there is only one delivery house and approximately 8 midwives who attend births at home.
This project documents how the midwifery model represents an alternative in access to health for women by giving them attention before, during and after their deliveries and shows that it also contributes to reducing the rates of obstetric violence that constantly live in hospitals in between of an epidemic of unnecessary caesarean section that is currently occurring in Mexico. According to the 2012 National Health and Nutrition Survey, Mexico ranks fourth worldwide in births by caesarean section without medical indication. This data almost triples what is recommended by the World Health Organization.
In Mexico, being born or not in a hospital is a matter of status, misinformation creates the perfect environment for women to go to hospitals with fear of what might happen to them or their babies. Urban Midwives is the result of two years of work and makes visible that midwifery houses are spaces of resistance, spaces won by midwives for the benefit of women, and makes it clear that giving birth at home is a political act.