The National Womb

Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

An expectant mother waits for an ultrasound scan at Stepanakert Maternity Hospital.

Nagorno-Karabakh marked 20 years of self-declared independence in September 2011, yet remains unrecognized by the international community. One of the steps the government is taking in an attempt to achieve respect for the country’s independence, is to encourage an increase in the birth rate, so that the population reaches levels of before the war for secession from Azerbaijan. A ‘birth-encouragement program’ gives cash payments to couples for each child they have. For a young woman to become a wife and a mother, to stay at home and care for her family, is the most honorable and respectable life she can choose for herself.


Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh

Anastasia Taylor-Lind (30) is a Swedish/British photojournalist currently based in Lebanon, working for such clients as The Sunday Times Magazine, Marie Claire and Geo. Her work has been exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery, the Frontline Club and the National Portrait Gallery in London, as well as other venues internationally. Anastasia received a FNAC Grant for Photojournalism in 2010, and she has won a number of awards including the 2009 Canon Young Photographers Award in Italy and The Guardian Weekend Photography Prize.

Photographer multimedia