Stories: Adelir

  • Why Most Brazilian Women Get C-Sections

    A newborn lies in an incubator at the Perinatal Clinic in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, after birth via cesarean section. Photo: Felipe Dana/AP When Ivana Borges learned she was pregnant, she told her obstetrician that she wanted a natural birth. Her mother had delivered five children without surgery or medication, and Borges wanted to follow her example. But...

  • Inside a War on Natural Birth: C-Sections as Status Symbol and ‘Choice’ as a Myth

    Adelir Carmen Lemos de Goés just wanted a natural birth. Already a 29-year-old mother of two, she had a trained attendant assisting her; she had a healthy pregnancy. Adelir was perfectly willing to give birth in a hospital; she just prefered to avoid surgery. But the hospital, like so many hospitals here in Brazil and elsewhere, thought...