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Photojournalist Mariana Bazo traveled to Cuzco, Peru for a story about vertical birthing. Her tale — and photographs — are chilling, vivid and breathtaking. "The fact of me being a woman and a mother too was like an invitation into their world, even though I had never felt the same pain of birth that they were feeling," Bazo writes. "They always asked me if I had a child, and that opened the door for me." The mothers-to-be in the clinic receive no anesthesia. "The women scream out their pain, lying on the floor or pacing. They suffer, endure and survive in spite of not receiving anything for the pain." After she left the clinic, she visited some of the new mothers. "I had only planned to take pictures, but they invited me into their houses, gave me food and beverage, and had me hold their babies... It's for stories like these that I became a photographer." Click here for much more. [Reuters]