COMMUNITY BIRTHING CENTER
& HOLISTIC CLINIC
!! NEWS !! OPENING OF THE FIRST INTEGRAL HEALTH & BIRTHING CLINIC !!
On 8 B'atz - the 18th of August 2023, a "Clinica de Salud Integral" opened in Quetzaltenango under guidance of Nana Rebecca Vasquez, traditional midwife and core member of The Midwife Project. This center is offering both occidental as well as ancestral Maya medicine through the pre-natal period until postpartum and is run by indigenous midwives. We are very excited to soon start accepting apprentices to come and learn with the midwives of the clinic! If this interests you... please fill in the form below. To provide the best care possible to the families visiting this clinic, we are in need of midwifery materials, kitchen stove, painting supplies as well as finances to build the temazcal. If you can help us with any of this, also, please reach out.
We are excited to keep expanding our vision and answer to the need of more birthing centers in different areas around Guatemala. A main focus of the project is also to realize a health care facility around San Marcos la Laguna that is focused on reproductive health offering support to women and families during pregnancy, birth, postpartum and beyond. Integrating the best from modern medicine while uplifting and revaluing ancestral traditional Maya medicine.
The need for this independent facility is palpable as there is a lack for competent maternal health care in San Marcos. There is no doctor, the health post (governmental health care facility) is insufficient with no running water in some cases, no equipment, staff or medications, needing to transfer to San Pablo our neighboring village or the National hospital which is one hour away. Most people cannot afford to pay for private health care. Leaving little or no options for the women of San Marcos.
This health care facility and our programs will serve as a model birthing center and education programs that can be used in every village that needs it. Supporting midwives to offer their work with certainty that what they bring is essential to the wellbeing of the community, and that they are not alone. Empowering the women through education to know what their possibilities are outside a state of oppression. Offering the women a place where they are safe and where they feel respected.
Are you experienced in grant writing for similar projects and want to support us in this part of our mission? Do you feel that you have a key connection or link for us to help realize this part of the project? Then please reach out to us via the form below!