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 from the surrounding hamlets and villages. Many … 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 Argueta in the Department of Sololá. This … 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 town serves approx. 48,000 people in total … 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 birth.  Many of the practicing comadronas are … 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 circle they all were very grateful to … 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 were received with much gratitude by the … Read More

Our 12th year-we have arrived!

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Ruth and I, Annette, arrived in Guatemala City on Feb. 26 and have spent the past 2 days making important connections with officials within the Ministry of Health and with the Pan American Health Organization. We met with the Director … Read More

2014 trip preparations

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Once again, we are in the midst of getting ready to head off to the highlands of Guatemala for our 12th annual “Safe Motherhood” program. From February 26 to March 15, Dr. Ruth Brighouse and Annette Borkent, RN will be … Read More

Second update from El Rodeo

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We spent our 2nd week training another 27 eager students from communities surrounding El Rodeo. Once again, the majority of students were comadronas who have been actively working, and the remainder were equal numbers of aspiring comadronas and volunteer ambulance … Read More

An interview with one of our students

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This is an interview with one of our students, Victoria Isabel Lopéz Lopéz, from La Agradía de la Esperanza.  When I began I didn’t know anything. I wanted to serve but I was scared. I had dreams and everyone told … Read More

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