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'Hospitals are too risky': home birth in Mexico City
In the weeks leading up to the birth, Karla Lopez Rangel and her husband, Miguel Flores Torres, had become increasingly worried. Iztapalapa, the working-class neighborhood of Mexico City where they lived, was the epicenter of the pandemic in Mexico.

So as the due date approached, the couple scrambled to find an alternative birthing plan that avoided the hospitals. The couple, both aged 24, moved to a small apartment in a neighborhood of Mexico City with fewer cases. They hired midwives who specialized in home deliveries and they bought an inflatable birthing pool from Walmart.
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, is supported by her husband Miguel Flores Torres, 24, and her...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, is supported by her husband Miguel Flores Torres, 24, and her midwife Luz Aurora Carrera Lopez while giving birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, rests on a bed next to his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, rests on a bed next to his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as she sits in a inflatable birthing pool while labouring at their home, where she plans to give birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, is supported by her midwife Luz Carrera Lopez and her husband...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, is supported by her midwife Luz Carrera Lopez and her husband Miguel Flores Torres, 24, as she experiences a contraction while giving birth at her home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Luz Carrera Lopez, a midwife, checks the heartbeat of Karla Lopez Rangel's, 24, foetus as she experiences...
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Luz Carrera Lopez, a midwife, checks the heartbeat of Karla Lopez Rangel's, 24, foetus as she experiences contractions at her home, where she plans to give birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. "I thought it was too risky," said Lopez "I was terrified of not knowing what could happen if I entered the hospital." REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, comforts his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as she experiences...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, comforts his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as she experiences contractions at their home, where she plans to give birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, kisses his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, while she breastfeeds their newborn...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, kisses his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, while she breastfeeds their newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, after she gave birth at their home, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Newborn baby clothes are laid out for Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez to wear, while Karla Lopez Rangel gives...
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Newborn baby clothes are laid out for Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez to wear, while Karla Lopez Rangel gives birth at her home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, shows...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, shows a mosquito bite on her finger to her husband Miguel Flores Torres, 24, at their home in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, watches...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, watches her son Angel Flores Lopez, 3, sitting on her husband Miguel Flores Torres's, 24, shoulders at their home in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, changes the diaper of his newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, who was born...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, changes the diaper of his newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, who was born at home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, at their home in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, fills up with water an inflatable birthing pool for his pregnant wife Karla...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, fills up with water an inflatable birthing pool for his pregnant wife Karla Lopez Rangel, where she plans to give birth at their home, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, sits in an inflatable birthing pool as she experiences contractions...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, sits in an inflatable birthing pool as she experiences contractions at her home, where she plans to give birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, comforts his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as she experiences...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, comforts his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who is pregnant, as she experiences contractions at their home, where she plans to give birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 24, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez is born into a birthing tub during a home birth, during the coronavirus disease...
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Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez is born into a birthing tub during a home birth, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES. TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
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June 19, 2020
Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, breastfeeds her newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, after giving birth at...
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Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, breastfeeds her newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, after giving birth at her home, next to her husband Miguel Flores Torres, 24, and midwives Luz Aurora Carrera Lopez and Gabriela Zebadua Baqueiro, during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, May 25, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Miguel Flores Torres, 24, and his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, sit on a bed with their newborn son Sabino...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, and his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, sit on a bed with their newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez, at Rangel's parents apartment where they are staying after Rangel gave birth to Sabino at home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2020. "We want to enjoy the freedom that children have, especially while they're still young," said Rangel. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, holds his newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez as his wife Karla Lopez Rangel,...
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, holds his newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez as his wife Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who gave birth to him at their home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, bathes him at Rangel's parents home, where they are staying, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico, May 31, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Angel Flores Lopez, 3, points to his newborn baby brother Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez as they sit on a...
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Angel Flores Lopez, 3, points to his newborn baby brother Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez as they sit on a bed at their grandparent's apartment, where they are staying with their parents after their mother Karla Lopez Rangel gave birth to Sabino at home during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico, June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
Jesus Carlos Lopez looks at his daughter Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus...
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Jesus Carlos Lopez looks at his daughter Karla Lopez Rangel, 24, who had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, as she holds her newborn son Sabino Yoehi Flores Lopez next to Karla's mother Maria Rangel Soriana at Lopez and Rangel's apartment in Iztapalapa, Mexico City, Mexico, June 4, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, whose wife had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, pours cement as he remodels a home while working as a builder in Villa Olimpica, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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June 19, 2020
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, whose wife had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, wears his work clothes before working on a home as a builder, in Villa Olimpica, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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Miguel Flores Torres, 24, whose wife had a home birth during the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, walks through La Cebada neighborhood as he makes his way to work in Xochimilco, Mexico City, Mexico, June 17, 2020. REUTERS/Gustavo Graf SEARCH "COVID-19 MEXICO BIRTH" FOR THIS STORY. SEARCH "WIDER IMAGE" FOR ALL STORIES.
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