The Journey Continues!
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We’ve come back from Guatemala after another couple of weeks filled with good experiences. Our first week, we trained 15 comadronas (traditional midwives) in Santiago Atitlán, on the edge of a large lake, Lago Atitlán,... Read More

Update from San Marcos and Sipacapa
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  We had another amazing time in Guatemala this year training further comadronas. We spent our time in the Department of San Marcos, in 2 different areas. During our first week, we trained 40 from... Read More

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... 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... 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... 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... 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... 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.... 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... 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... 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... Read More

First update from El Rodeo!
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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... Read More

2013 Update
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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... Read More

2012 Update
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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... Read More

SMP becomes a member-project of Rose Charities
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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... Read More

2011 Update
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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... Read More

2010 Update
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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... Read More

2009 Update
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In Feb. 2009, we spent one week in Chirijox, a lovely Mayan town, teaching 29 traditional midwives our hands-on course. It was great to see the positive impact of our trainihg, through the smiling faces... Read More

History and Course Outline added
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I’ve added a detailed history of the Safe Motherhood Project and an outline of the course we teach.  Enjoy!  Thanks, Annette, for writing the content on these pages. Photos should be up within the week. Read More

Safe Motherhood Project 2009
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This year the Safe Motherhood Project team will be returning to Nahuala.  We will run a workshop for the staff at the town’s health clinic.  This is something new for us and we hope it... Read More

Welcome
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Welcome to the Safe Motherhood Project Guatemala’s website. Stay tuned for more content and information. Read More

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