Safe Motherhood

The Safe Motherhood Project is an educational program in Guatemala that trains traditional Mayan midwives (Camadronas) in safe birthing techniques and emergency skills caring for women who have their babies at home. We have a team of 3 skilled Guatemalan midwives who do the bulk of the teaching using a hands-on approach. We conduct 5 day courses, training 30 Camadronas or paramedics. The course has been very well received and each year there are more communities requesting it. So far, we have gone to over 15 villages to teach. The Canadian team visits once a year to provide refresher courses and monitor the project.