Working Birth is a podcast + portrait project by photographer Jillian Camisasca-Lopina.
Highlighting women in the birth community like midwives, doulas, lactation consultants, activists, and more, Working Birth explores the beautiful and intense work that birth professionals do to support other women. What are their stories? Why do these birth workers choose to spend the long hours and emotional dedication necessary for work in field of birth? What’s shaped their path and led them to the work they do now? Each episode explores these questions and more.
Working Birth is an combination audio and visual project aiming to create a full portrait of each birth professional. A photographic portrait accompanies each woman’s interview. The photos are featured here on our blog, as well as on Instagram @workingbirth, along with some quotes and behind-the-scenes peeks!
About the Host:
Hi there! I’m Jillian Camisasca-Lopina, a maternity, birth, and family photographer, owner of Secondhand Exposure Photography. I live in Tampa, FL with my wife Hannah. I grew up in Northern Virginia with a fondness for the birth community and an early exposure to it. My mother Maureen Lopina is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), La Leche League Leader, and a former Bradley Method childbirth educator. As a young kid, I used to sit in on the childbirth classes she taught in our basement, watching the women practice relaxation techniques in the dimly lit room, and hear my mom talk about the different stages of pregnancy and labor. I’d also tag along to her La Leche meetings and listen to the women share stories & years of experience with one another, drawn to this sisterhood of support.
I’ve always been fascinated by the birth world and the culture of women helping other women through an important stage of life. I finally realized that I could actually combine my two passions: photography and birth. Whether I’m doing birth photography or interviewing & photographing amazing birth professionals for this podcast, I love what I do!