Comadrona from San Lucas Tolimán, Guatemala
Cenaida was instrumental in the beginnings of this project. In 2001, she was president of a Committee looking at ways to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in remote areas of her municipality, San Lucas Tolimán. She planned monthly meetings with Comadronas (Traditional Midwives) and coordinated with local Doctors and Nurses to give a presentation about a pertinent topic or question for the Comadronas at these meetings.
Cenaida requested our help in developing a hands-on course that could be brought to rural areas of Guatemala to educate the Comadronas about prenatal care, recognition of risk factors in pregnant women and emergency care during labour and birth.
She has been our coordinator within Guatemala ever since.
Cenaida previously had been a Pharmacy technician as well as helped to run a business with her husband. She has 3 children, 5 grandchildren and 1 great grandchild. Since taking our course and also becoming a trainer, Cenaida went on to become a Registered Comadrona (Midwife) in Guatemala in 2006. She worked as a volunteer coordinator for our project until 2012 when we employed her to coordinate and oversee the expansion of our project to offer courses year round.