Respect during childbirth – stories of a grandmother, a mother and a daughter


Montevideo, May 17, 2021 (CLAP/PAHO) - “I experienced childbirth as a very extreme moment,” says Uruguayan Tamara Cubas as she recalls the birth of her two children. “It is a unique, edgy moment because of the pain. Your body opens, and then the head appears, and the baby slips out like a bar of soap.” Her son, Pedro, was born in 2006, her daughter, Julia, in 2011, both at a facility in Montevideo.

Tamara had opted against anesthesia. However, when the moment came in the throes of labor, she says, she cried asking for epidural anesthesia. But it was too late. The baby wanted to come into the world.