The Safe Motherhood Project is proud to be a member-project of Rose Charities Canada.

Guatemala has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world, 30 to 60 times higher than in Canada. Hemorrhage, eclampsia and infection are the major causes of death of women during childbirth. Seventy per cent of women in rural Guatemala give birth at home under the care of a traditional birth attendant, or “comadrona,” who in most cases has no formal education or training. Often the closest hospital is several hours away.

Since 2003, a group of Canadian volunteers and a team of Guatemalan midwives have travelled annually to rural Guatemala to teach comadronas emergency birthing skills. The course runs for four five-hour days. At the end of the four days, each comadrona who completes the course receives a kit of birthing supplies. The course has been well received.  Each year there has been increasing enrollment and more and more communities are requesting the course.

You can read a more detailed history of the project at our history page, and you can also read a detailed outline of what we teach.

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2017 Update- Chisec
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This year we spent 2 weeks in a small town called Chisec, in the Department of Alta Vera Paz, 7 hours NE of Guatemala City. This town serves approx. 6,000 people including those... Read More

2016 Update – San Juan Argueta
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We had another amazing time in Guatemala training further comadronas, (a.k.a. traditional birth attendants) as well as volunteer firemen/ paramedics and nurses. We spent 2 weeks in a small town called San Juan... Read More

Another 2 weeks of training completed!
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We had another amazing time in Guatemala training further comadronas, (a.k.a. traditional birth attendants). We spent 2 weeks in a small town called San Miguel Ixtahuacán in the Department of San Marcos. This... Read More

The Next Generation(s) of Comadronas
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We’ve come to the end of our time in San Pedro Sacatepequez-two successful courses teaching comadronas how to manage obstetrical emergencies. These comadronas have an important role in the care of women giving... Read More

Feliz Dia Internacional de la Mujer
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Happy International Women’s Day!  Yesterday we completed the first course of our visit this year. Imagine 22 women with smiles and increased self-esteem, pleased with what they had learned. In our final talking... Read More

Our Class Begins!
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After a wonderful reunion with our Guatemalan teammates, Cenaida and Gloria, our driver Conrado brought us to San Pedro Sacatepequez. Today, our first class began. We have 17 Comadronas in our class. We... Read More

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