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Natural childbirth. A woman in labour during a natural home birth. The woman is sitting up, holding onto her partner for support. A midwife and maternity nurse are monitoring the progress of the labour. On the floor are various medical implements laid out on plastic and paper sheets. Natural childbirth involves the use of relaxation techniques to cope with pain and thereby minimise the use of drugs during labour. Couples attend classes some months before the birth to learn these techniques. Photographed in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
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