A Midwife’s Tender Care


During a routine visit to Miriam Alvarez’s home in Otavalo, Ecuador, midwife Mercedes Muenala, 53, gently examines Miriam, who is 34 weeks pregnant with her second child.

One of 50 midwives serving the area, Mercedes has done this work for years, supported by World Vision to provide care for expecting mothers.

Miriam was gracious to let me into her modest home to get a glimpse of life with a midwife. I had 10 minutes to capture something.

All the elements came together — Mercedes’ attire and posture, her hand pressing on Miriam’s abdomen, Miriam’s concentration or discomfort, the light from a window draping the wall and bed, and Miriam’s slippers beside the bed.

It all says, “Don’t worry. I’ll take care of you.”

Photo ©2016 World Vision, Chris Huber

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