Support The Midwife Project Guatemaya

Thankyou, Maltiox, Gracias... for supporting The Midwife Project Guatemala - www.midwifeproject.net
Thanks to your support, we have been able to make huge steps in the organization of The Midwife Project
 
Since February 2022, we have been meeting on every Kawok  day - the day of the midwives in the Mayan Cholq´ij calendar. Thanks to your donations, we were able to pay for the transportation and organization of about twenty local elder and younger midwives. We were able to organize ourselves,  identify the educatory needs of the local midwives and form a strong group of midwives, motivated to keep learning together and revive ancestral Mayan midwifery while bringing this together with modernday professional midwifery.

Furthermore, your donations helped finance our first two extracurricular postpartum bleeding workshops. About twenty local midwives came together to exchange midwifery knowledge, upgrade their skills, learn about preventative care and ways to manage postpartum bleeding - which is the no one cause of maternal death in Guatemala. 

At this point, your donations will directly go to realize the `Empowerment through Education program´ - starting in August 2022. Please help us realize our goal so we can continue this unique cultural sensitive education program to support local Mayan midwives.
 
 
Empowerment through Education
 
We believe that true empowerment comes from access to education. Through offering a  six-month training program - starting in August 2022 - we aim to support the midwives both with basic professional midwifery skills while reviving the ancestral wisdom inherent to their roots. At the end of each program we will supply each student with a complete medical midwifery kit. We will bring the elder midwives together with the younger generations of midwives, enhancing intergenerational knowledge exchange. Your donations will at this point primarily go to realize the Empowered Education programme for a selected group of 8 - 13 local midwives. This includes covering costs for the medical midwifery kits, transportation for the midwives and educational materials and organizational costs. If you are curious to read the full curriculum of the programme, please follow the link: https://www.midwifeproject.net/6monthsprogram 
 
 
Other goals we are working on with The Midwife Project...
 
Oral History Collection
 
Documenting 20 indigenous midwives with the intention of keeping a record of their valuable ancestral wisdom and at the same time learning how to best be of support for them. Formulating in part, from this information log, our 6 month training program for the midwives: Empowerment Through Education. The outcome of these chronicles will be a short film/documentary to honor and share the fascinating stories of these powerful women. This will go back to the midwives and their families and will become available online to be shared. 
 
 
Community Birthing Center and Holistic Clinic (longterm vision)

A health care facility 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. This birthing center will be run by indigenous midwives, supporting the young generation and honoring the elder midwives.

The need for this independent facility is palpable as there is a lack for competent maternal health care in our village. 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 so that midwives feel supported 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.  
 
 
Thankyou, Maltiox, Gracias
from the midwives around Lake Atitlan


 
 


  • Janneke Hoff 
    • €33 
    • 1 d
  • Laura Hayward 
    • €50 
    • 5 d
  • Dani Escobar 
    • €30 
    • 5 d
  • Zahir Ringgold Cordes 
    • €40 
    • 6 d
  • Jesse Eidsness 
    • €30 
    • 6 d
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Fundraising team: Inzamelingsactieteam (2)

Lieke Moras 
Organizer
Raised €180 from 4 donations
Tuitjenhorn
Maria Gobbato 
Team member
Raised €172 from 6 donations