The story behind the photo: Dominican Republic

“Home visit to pregnant woman by Maternal-Child Pastoral in the Guachupita neighborhood”

Martha Maria travels the narrow alleys of Guachupita, a vulnerable neighborhood in Santo Domingo, to counsel young pregnant women on how to have a safe pregnancy.

Years back, she was invited to participate in a group that met to share information about maternal care. Motivated, she decided to become a community advisor. With her visit, Yrkania Santos, a 21-year-old single mother, is managing her second pregnancy in a new manner; she has learned to stay healthy, a very different experience from her first pregnancy.

Photographer: Juan Carlos Fernández García, Dominican Republic

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