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Argentine midwives bare breasts to protest government's plan for restricting home births

  • Eugenia Gimenez, holding her baby Nicanor, stands with her back covered with the words in Spanish: "I gave birth at home" during a protest against restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put new restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as “people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Eugenia Gimenez, holding her baby Nicanor, stands with her back covered with the words in Spanish: "I gave birth at home" during a protest against restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put new restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as “people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • Eugenia Gimenez, with her back covered with the words in Spanish: "I gave birth at home," holds her baby Nicanor during a protest against restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put new restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as "people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    Eugenia Gimenez, with her back covered with the words in Spanish: "I gave birth at home," holds her baby Nicanor during a protest against restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put new restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as "people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

  • A woman holds her baby and a sign that read in Spanish: "It's my right to choose how, where, and with whom to give birth" as she protests restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as “people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

    A woman holds her baby and a sign that read in Spanish: "It's my right to choose how, where, and with whom to give birth" as she protests restrictions on home births in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, May 14, 2015. The Argentine Midwives Association is pushing against the Health Ministry's proposal to put restrictions and regulations on home births, saying the number of home births has tripled over last three years as “people try to avoid the epidemic of caesarian sections." (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)  (The Associated Press)

Midwives in Argentina have bared their breasts to protest government plans to restrict home births.

About 50 women joined Thursday's demonstration against a health ministry proposal to cap home births that was organized by Argentina's Midwives Association.

Some protesters had their backs painted with a sign reading: "I'm free and I choose to give birth at home," while carrying toddlers in their arms.

Traffic in some areas of the iconic 9 de Julio avenue in Buenos Aires came to a halt as surprised drivers watched marchers who bared their breasts painted in colors and shook their hips to the beat of a drum.

Midwives, pregnant women and doctors joined the demonstration in favor of home births, a practice that has been increasing in Argentina and the rest of the world.