Natalia Roca & Irina Moran

“Parto Respetado” Respected Childbirth

“To change the world, the way one’s born should als change” Michel Odent.

In this talk the process of birth and the respected birth are explained, and how this concepts are fundamentally based in the value of the affective, emotional and cultural world of each person. The needs and wishes of the protagonists (mother, father, daughter or son), as well as the freedom of the women or couples that wish to decide where, how and with who to give birth, should be prioritized, specially since this is one of the more significative and moving moments od a person’s life. In Argentina the rights to have a humanized labour of birth are taken in account in the 25.929 National Law, created in 1994 and regulated in October 2015.

The opposite of this concept is the usual process of medicalization where the fate of the woman and her child are subject to routine intervention procedures, which do not consider individual differences and specificities, transforming into violent healthcare attitudes. In the talk "Respected Childbirth" this issue is addressed through specific concepts and data, Key aspects of the physiology of women related to childbirth are deepened in and turned into supplementary information with the aid of photographs and videos produced by Natalia Roca.


Natalia Roca was born in 1976 in Cordoba Capital. She studied Industrial Design and Visual Arts at the National University of Cordoba. Her first contact with documentary photography was in 2003, when she gathered a group of photographers who faced various documentary projects with a strong social footprint, including "Photography Workshop for Women in Prison" which she coordinated 5 years. She works on a freelance basis from various fields of photography. In 2011 she decided to address weddings from an anthropological documentary perspective. She has participated in workshops with Andrea Chame, Cristian Rodriguez, Walter Astrada, Nicolas Janowsky, Marcos Lopez and Adriana Lestido. She has also received the Diploma in documentary photography and photographic conservation issued by the UBA. The experience of childbirth marked her, as well as her interest in promulgating respected childbirths. Since 2010 she has registered births for her project “Dar a Luz“ (Childbirth); contacting networks of women, midwives, doulas and families. Through an approach that promotes respect and love, the rights of parents and children in the birth process are made visible in this, one of the important moments in the person’s life.

Irina Morán was born in Córdoba Capital, Argentina. She studied at the School of Information Sciences at the National University of Córdoba and became a Bachelor of Social Communication, majoring in graphic communication. She has completed graduate courses in environmental, scientific and gender journalism. In 2015 she attended the Diploma in Photographic Documentary Research and Conservation, under the direction of BA. Andrea Chame, at Faculty of Philosophy and Literature at the University of Buenos Aires.

Throughout her career she has collaborated at Cordoba’s, as well as national and international printed media. She’s currently responsible for the Communications Department of the College of Commerce Manuel Belgrano of the UNC and the press area of the Faculty of Philosophy and Humanities at National University of Cordoba, where she works as an editor, photographer and editor for her web as well as the Alfilo magazine.

She is member of the group Mujeres por un Parto Respetado (Women for a Respected Childbirth), as well as the collective Ni Una Menos Córdoba (Not even one less Córdoba). She has participated in the creation of citizen campaigns in favour of women’s rights, like: Campaign for respected childbirth and free choice. Works that have been presented in the provinces of Cordoba, Misiones (Argentina) and the International Graduate Program "Gender and Communication" issued at the International Institute of Journalism "José Martí" at Havana, Cuba, in February 2014.

In 2011 she worked at the National Radio at Cordova. For ten years she was head of the Press department for Cordoba’s Book Fair and Cordoba’s Chamber of Libraries (CALIPACER). In 2009, she won second prize in the Provincial Journalistic Contest Rodolfo Walsh for her journalistic investigation work "The cocktail of death“.

She lived in Havana, Cuba, in 2000, where she published work in Bohemia magazine and Revista Nuevo Cine Latinoamericano. She has worked as a writer, editor, producer and proof-reader in different media, campaigns and cultural projects at her province. She has specialized in issues of education, culture and gender. She publishes texts and photos on her blog: (Anyway, the sea).