Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Charlene Yared-West


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.

Charlene Yared-West is a doula and founder of the Cape Town based Relax Into Birth programme which focuses on deep relaxation techniques and hypnobirthing.
She comes from a journalism background and since the birth of her son, has been passionate about mothers and pregnancy, labour and birth.

Charlene Yared-West -Birth South Africa - Portraits by Leah Hawker

“I want women to know that they have options, that they can trust their bodies to birth their babies and that free of fear, birth can be a better experience, no matter what turn it takes.”

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

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