Mariia Shvab


Documenting Ukraine Grants

Childbirth Experiences of Ukrainian Women During the Russo-Ukrainian War

Over 50 000 babies have been born in Ukraine since the beginning of the full-scale Russian invasion. With over 500 hospitals damaged or entirely destroyed, cities and towns under missile attacks or at risk of bombing, and Ukrainians fleeing abroad, childbirth nowadays is a much more complicated experience than before, and the variety of personal stories is much wider. Many women give birth in extreme settings, at home or in bomb shelters, unattended or under limited professional supervision, displaced to Ukrainian regions or abroad, alone. Together with a team, I plan to collect interviews and written narratives of Ukrainian women who have given birth since February 24, 2022, regardless of their circumstances: those who stayed in their home towns or moved within or outside Ukraine, those who have or have not lived under occupation, those who have given birth in healthcare facilities or elsewhere. We aim to portray the variety of childbirth experiences as they are experienced during the war from the perspective of women and their those close to them. In our study, we want to find answers to the question of what it means to give birth during the war.

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  • The Longest February: One Year of Full-Scale War
    There has not been a moment since the morning of 24 February 2022 left untouched by the Russo-Ukrainian War. A wry commonplace among Ukrainians is that February 2022 still hasn’t ended – we are now in its 13thmonth. It feels both impossible and essential to reflect on the past year, to think about where we stand now, and to envision the future. Here we present a selection of publications by members of the IWM community tied in some way to the anniversary of Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, in English and German. Many of the authors represented here are part of the IWM's Documenting Ukraine program. New items are added on an ongoing basis.