2014 trip preparations

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

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

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

First update from El Rodeo!

Stepping off the airplane in Guatemala City, we were welcomed by a warm breeze, heavy with the perfume of tropical flowers. Over the next days, we made our way first to San Lucas Tolimán to meet up with our Guatemalan … Read More

2013 Update

Once again, we are in the midst of getting ready to head off to the highlands of Guatemala. We are so excited to be planning our 11th “Safe Motherhood” program in the training of Traditional Birth Attendants, or “Comadronas”, as they … Read More

Safe Motherhood Project (Guatemala) Expands Outreach

Annette Borkent and Ruth Brighouse, directors of the Safe Motherhood Project in Guatemala, have recently returned from a week in Guatemala from Oct. 13-18th. It was very exciting to be in Guatemala, and officially employ a trained Guatemalan midwife, Cenaida Juarez, as the … Read More

2012 Update

Safe Motherhood just finished a course in Guatemala for the tenth year, teaching safe birthing practices in rural Guatemala. Our Canadian team this year was made up of Ruth Brighouse (MD), Kristine Zylstra Moore and Annette Borkent. We were joined … Read More

SMP becomes a member-project of Rose Charities

The Safe Motherhood Project is thrilled to announce we are now officially a member-project of Rose Charities, a wonderful international charitable organization that oversees many amazing volunteer projects. We have updated our donations information to reflect this new and exciting … Read More

2011 Update

Once again, our time with the Mayan traditional midwives was extremely rewarding! We spent our first week in San Lucas Tolimán, the town on Lago Atitlán where we began our project 9 years ago. We taught 24 women from a … Read More

2010 Update

We had another very rewarding time teaching 61 traditional midwives this past Feb/Mar! We spent our first week in Santa Catarina Ixtahuacan and had the help of a young doctor from the public health center who was very effective in … Read More

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