Rya Bacate, 18, is sitting in a chair by the side of a road in the central Philippine city of Tacloba, close to a rice field. Aaly Pesado, Bacate’s pregnant 18-year-old girlfriend, is currently three miles from the nearest һoѕріtаɩ in the municipality of Tolosa and is preparing to give birth.
Bacate and Pesado were on his motorbike en route to the clinic after she had gone into labor. A man who was also on a motorcycle passed by and hurried to Tolosa to retrieve Norina Malate. She found the baby crowning when she got there. Malate urged Pesado to advance.
Malate cleaned her scissors with аɩсoһoɩ after the baby was born, then she cut the umbilical cord. Pesado and her baby, a male, were assisted in being loaded onto a pickup vehicle that would transport them to the Tolosa clinic.
The extraordinary delivery was documented by photographer Lynsey Addario while she was working on assignment for Save the Children, which is assisting in the reconstruction of the healthcare system in Haiyan-аffeсted areas.
“I’ve never seen anything like it,” says Addario. “It was such a community effort. When you see a baby born like that, and it is fine, you’ve got to think: It’s kind of miraculous.”