"BIRTH IS A DREAM" is a documentary project which aims to document and raise awareness about maternal health in sub-Saharan Africa.
Every year in Sub-Saharan Africa 200.000 mothers die from complications of pregnancy and childbirth.
A mother's death is a human tragedy, affecting families and communities. Her death endangers the lives of a surviving newborn and any other young children; a mother's death makes it harder for the family to obtain life's necessities and escape the crush of poverty. A great many of these deaths are preventable, when women have access to quality prevention, diagnostic, and treatment services.
The project is the work of Paolo Patruno, an Italian social/documentary photographer and videomaker.
I started my project in Malawi, where the words for pregnancy in the local language ”pakati" and "matenda" translate into "between life and death" and "sick".
That's where I met an English midwife, Rachel MacLeod, who practiced for nearly 14 years in Spain before moving to Malawi to work as a senior clinical midwife in the labor ward of the Bwaila Hospital, in the capital Lilongwe; she opened my eyes to the maternal health crisis in Africa.
Since 2011 the project has been shot across Cameroon, DRC, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe.
"BIRTH IS A DREAM" is dedicated to all the African mothers.