Rosemary Sherrod, accompanied by photographer Kelly Jobe, had the opportunity to document the story of a village dai ('dai' is the Hindi word for midwife) in Badshapur, Gurgaon, India. Badshapur is a village nestled behind the towering buildings that have overtaken Gurgaon's skyline over the past two decades. As the villagers' farmland has been sold off to corporations, their rural way of life has quickly faded away. With the loss of land and influx of wealthy residents, farmers have turned to domestic work and driving to sustain their livelihoods.
Urbanization has not only affected jobs - it has touched almost every part of their lives. For the dai that we interviewed, it has largely contributed to the dying off of her profession. Childbirth was formerly a practice performed almost exclusively at home, attended by a local dai and the woman's mother-in-law. Now, women are heading to government hospitals where care is often compromised due to understaffing and a lack of resources. For two days, we documented the life of the last living dai in Badshapur - a woman has delivered babies for over 50 years, and carries each of their stories with her.