Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Shafeeka Broderick


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.

This is Shafeeka, we met in junior school where we shared a class for a few years. I re-met her recently as she works in the birthing industry. Shafeeka is a “Soula” – a facilitator of Soul Integration sessions. She is also an antenatal teacher and massage therapist.

Shafeeka Broderick Doula Midwife south africa photographed by Leah Hawker

“I believe every woman deserves to feel supported, honoured and sacred as she embarks on this journey regardless of context or circumstance .. every baby deserves that too .. it is the deepest of pleasures to be a part of this conscious process and evolution of humanity .. one birth at a time “

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

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