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Making Motherhood Safer in Guatemala

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May 17, 2010

Safe delivery kits are saving lives the world over. Let's make giving birth safer for moms and babes in Guatemala!  See more

BENEFITING: REACH BEYOND BORDERS

Ginger Ruddy

THE STORY:

Let's help Guatemalans help themselves! Safe delivery kits developed by PATH in Seattle have been adopted by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) because they save so many lives. Let's make them available to midwives in Guatemala so they can help keep mothers and babies safe during labor and delivery.

Reach Beyond Borders (RBB) is a Seattle organization that has partnered with La Mision, a group of Guatemalan docs, dentists and opticians since shortly after the end of the civil war there in 1996. Together, RBB and the staff of La Mision improve access to health care for rural, indigenous Guatemalans. In partnership with local auxiliary nurses, health promoters, and traditional birth attendants, they work to improve the local health infrastructure and health outcomes for the people they serve.

In February, I went with a team of Guatemalans and Americans to Solola, in southwestern Guate. Local nurses and comadronas (traditional birth attendants) had identified challenging areas in their practice, and they asked me to teach them on topics of their choosing. I conducted interactive classes on reducing infection and postpartum hemorrhage as well as identifying breech babies before they show up bum first, which tends to end badly . These three problems result in the needless deaths of thousands of women and children every year in this tiny country and leave thousands more orphans.

Safe delivery kits will give comadronas another tool to protect mothers, babies, and their families form the deadly consequences of living where they do. Let's make it better!

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Sydney Morris

Sydney Morris

DONATION: $5

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Ginger Ruddy

Ginger Ruddy

DONATION: $100

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