New life. It produces beautiful and moving images. Layla Aerts, Bieke Depoorter and Katrijn Van Giel were asked to show how a mother-to-be experiences pregnancy and the birth of her child; and how she sees her child grow, with ups and downs… Joy, love, relief, happiness… wherever you are in the world, all brand new mothers feel the same.
New life. Sometimes it produces confrontational images. The photographs also show the sadness, the anxiety and the fragility that creep into the eyes of a mother if something goes wrong.
Aminata, 20 years old, is waiting at the entrance of the Hospital to give birth.
Aminata, 38 years old, is waiting to give birth to her seventh baby. In Mali, more and more women give birth in health centres. They get an average of 6,6 children. The percentage of assisted deliveries by trained staff is 49%. The maternal mortality ratio (per 100 000 live births) is 464.
Salimata listens if the baby of Aminata is fine. She is giving birth today to her seventh child, a little girl.
Aminata is giving birth to a little girl.
Bintou, 18 years old, is expecting twins. Previously, she lost 2 children. But this time she is reassured that she will be assisted by a fellow midwife.
This is the last prenatal visit for Bintou. It is Dioulde (on the right) that will assist the birth and urge the husband of Bintou to save money in case complications occur.
Sally just gave birth to her fourth child, a boy. She already goes home the same evening.
Sally gave birth in the afternoon and already went home the same evening. Family and all the neighbors welcome the arrival of their little brother. Within a week, the child will receive his name during the Muslim baptism.
Exactly one week after his birth, the son of Sally is baptized. His hair is shaved off and he gets his name.
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Traoré, the mother of Séba goes home with an appliance that should help Séba's body to grow straight.
Séba, 5 years old, talks with her eyes. She loves dancing. Because of problems caused by celebral palsy, every Tuesday she and her mother have to go to the centre of Soundiata in Bamako for her physiotherapy exercises.
Sèba, who suffers from cerebral palsy, is put to bed.