portrait of a midwife
in addition to the women working in a birthhouse, karin lükewille is one of the few midwives in bielefeld who works freelance. she is focused on home births. if karin`s husband did not take on the role of a house man the couple would not be able to finance the family while at the same time spending the necessary time on their four children. karin is therefore in a good position for freelance midwives in germany, which is not the case for many of them. in germany as well as in other industrial countries midwives have to pay an extraordinary high liability insurance which means the state doesn´t give them an appropriate support as they for example are given in the netherlands. i was very lucky to have been able to accompany karin with my camera half a year documenting her work. she is an admirable and adorable woman.
© bettina ebert, 2021