Tucked away in a tiny lane near Kochi’s busy Vytilla junction is BirthVillage – an alternative birthing centre led by midwives, where many women are choosing to have their babies.
Though it sounds a bit unconventional, over 200 babies have been delivered at this one‐of‐a‐kind facility.
For Priyanka Idicula, the director of the centre, midwifery wasn’t her first career choice. “After working in the field of diagnostics for eight years, after acquiring my masters in life sciences, I came to Kochi to have my baby. That’s when I realised there is a gap in our maternity care system. It was following that, that I felt a calling to the field and moved to the US to study,” she says.