To prevent women living in rural Peru from giving birth at home, where they face a higher risk of death, Peru has established a network of maternal “waiting houses.” These residential facilities host women during their final weeks of pregnancy so they can give birth in the presence of skilled attendants. Ana María Bolege, 21, has come to a waiting house in the Andean town of Ayacucho, eight hours by road from Peru’s capital, Lima. This story is part of the series “The Ninth Month” by PRI’s The World.
In the backyard of one of South America’s busiest airports about 350 families lived in an impoverished neighborhood known as El Ayllu. At the beginning of March the land near Lima, Peru, was taken by eminent domain for the expansion of Jorge Chavez International Airport. These portraits document the residents during their final days in the neighborhood.