Maria d’Ajuda, indigenous midwife and shaman “The plants that can be used as medicine shine in my sight. I smell them, I feel them. I can’t read, but I can read the earth, the plants and the medicines.” Her...
Suely Carvalho has been a midwife for 40 years, and over 5,000 babies have been delivered by her hands. Twenty-five years ago she created the NGO CAIS do Parto, and since then has become an important activist for natural birth in Brazil and Latin America.
She has worked with important national and international organizations for women’s reproductive rights and to improve the working conditions of traditional midwives. In the face of advancing globalization and technology, coupled with the loss of much traditional knowledge, Suely plays an important role in teaching younger generations the midwifery trade.
On a mission to pass on her knowledge to future generations, Suely has dedicated herself to writing her first book, Stories of a Traditional Midwife.