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.
Vania Truter is a doula. She works predominantly in the Northern suburbs and Belville. Vania has been a doula for just over 4 years now.
“These are things I’d like to see changing in South Africa:
- gynaecologists to be more supportive of vaginal births,
- newborns to always have skin-to-skin directly after birth,
- women to be more empowered and supported to breastfeed,
- gentler c-sections,
- more home births and
- more VBAC births!”
• (I invite more participants to join the project, you are welcome to email me for more information).