Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Fiona Cuff


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.

Fiona Cuff was an oceanographer but is now a doula. She specialises in hypnosis and hypo birthing which she has been doing now for three years.

Fiona Cuff -Birth South Africa - Portraits by Leah Hawker

“I would really like to see a turnaround in the birthing world in SA, where women are informed about evidence-based research with regards to antenatal care, birthing and breastfeeding. I am passionate about assisting in communicating this information to all women, both private and public sectors so that know they have choices and are not just “another patient”.”

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

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