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Midwife Training Program

The Problem

For centuries, Guatemalans have relied on traditional birth attendant’s (TBA’s) to assist mothers during pregnancy and childbirth; today, TBA’s still attend 90% of all rural births.

However, many of these TBA’s receive only basic training, with little to no preparation for high-risk pregnancies, and many preventable deaths take place every year. Guatemala has one of the highest rates for child and maternal mortality in Latin America, especially among the rural, indigenous Mayan population.

The Program

The Midwife Training Program is being launched by UNAPER, our Guatemalan partner. Their team consists of highly skilled volunteer physicians who specialize in neo- and perinatal care. The program brings the experienced doctors from Guatemala City to the district of Chimaltenango to teach and equip rural TBA’s. The primary objective is to reduce preventable maternal and child mortality by training midwives to recognize and handle high-risk pregnancies and deliveries.

Your Gift Makes a Big Difference!

  • Save the lives of mothers and babies who are dying needlessly.
  • Provide midwives with education and training to recognize the factors that lead to fatal complications.
  • Give indigenous people better access to health services.
  • Break down the cultural myths and barriers that prevent rural people from seeking professional health services.
  • Improve nutrition for mothers, babies, and children.

Rosa is a traditional birth attendant who has delivered over 1,000 babies in the 23 years she has been working as a midwife.

Rosa shares, “We do not just assist with births, we support the women, and we guide and advise them throughout the pregnancy. We deliver the babies and visit them every day during the forty-day rest period, continuing for up to two years. This is why people refer to us as ‘grandmothers’. The training program will help us to recognize problem pregnancies early on so the mothers can be referred to specialized care in plenty of time to save their lives.”

A well-trained and well-supported midwifery workforce could help avert roughly two-thirds of all maternal and newborn deaths in rural communities. Please give generously, today!



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