"Hospitals are too risky": home birth in Mexico City
Mexico City, MexicoPhotography byGustavo Graf. Reporting byLaura Gottesdiener.
After nearly 15 hours of labor, Karla Lopez Rangel received a stern warning from her midwife: if you do not deliver the baby now, we will have to rush you to the hospital.
Although she was exhausted and battered by contractions, Lopez knew the hospital was the last place she wanted to be.
Left: Lopez lies next to her newborn son. Right: Flores kisses his wife while she breastfeeds.
At 5:36 a.m., she delivered her healthy son Sabino Yoehí, weighing 3.4 kilograms (7.5 lb).
With the number of cases still climbing daily in Mexico, Lopez and Flores are being careful to avoid exposure. But they say they're looking forward to visiting parks and the zoo when the quarantine lifts.
"We want to enjoy the freedom that children have, especially while they're still young," said Lopez.
PHOTO EDITING MARIKA KOCHIASHVILI; TEXT EDITING Rosalba O’Brien