Luz de Candeeiro Birthcenter, Brazil
Ana graduated in Nursing and Midwifery in 2005 at the University of São Paulo where she gained a Masters Degree studying violence against woman. She was a University teacher at the University of Brasília from 2009 to 2012.
In 2012 she founded, with another nurse midwife, Iara Silveira, a company to attend home birth named “Luz de Candeeiro” (translated as “light of old lamp”, a tribute to traditional midwives that help women give birth at places so far and poor that they use an old lamp to find the house and illuminate the birth).
The team has grown and in 2019 they are opening the first freestanding birth center in Brazil. There were a lot challenges and joy to face in this project but they believe in cultural change around the birth in the country.