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Positive Birth in South Africa: This is Yolande Maritz


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.

Yolande Maritz is a specialist midwife who works in central South Africa (Free State, Northern Cape and Lesotho). She is a trained water birth midwife , VBAC midwife and doula trainer.
Yolande has now been 7 years in independent practice as a midwife .

Yolande Maritz -Midwives & Doulas of South Africa - Portraits by Leah Hawker

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

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