Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Caitlyn Collins


The Gate-Keepers: A Portraiture Project

This is a portraiture project, documenting the “gatekeepers” of a growing movement regarding positive birth experiences in our country.  My aim: to promote those who are enabling women to identify with their power and femininity and therefore normalize birth and the body.

These are their stories / anecdotes / opinions about what they do and how they see it…accompanied by my portraits and some general information on each sitter.

Caitlyn Collins is a doula and a midwife, and has been practicing for 10 years, she works in and around Cape Town and the peninsula.
I know Caitlyn from School times and always found her so serene, strong and beautiful.

Caitlyn Collins -Midwives & Doulas of South Africa - Portraits by Leah Hawker

“The first person a healthy women should see when she knows she is pregnant is a midwife. Pregnancy is not an illness.”

“Women should have their rights respected in pregnancy and childbirth – they should be provided with holistic information and be the leaders in their journey to becoming mothers with informed choice that is fully respected by care providers. Birth should not be ruled by fear of medical litigation.”

• (I invite more participants to join the project, you are welcome to email me for more information).

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