Guatemala has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in Latin America. At 140 deaths per 100,000 births, this rate is 5 times higher than in the U.S. It is estimated that only 25% of births in rural Guatemala are attended by a medical professional; rather traditional Mayan birth attendants known as comadronas provide care during home deliveries. Largely untrained, these attendants are typically there to provide emotional support. While well-respected within their communities, they are not equipped to handle birth-related complications or emergencies.
At Saving Mothers, we recognize the importance of educating and empowering women within the context of their local perspective. So we have coordinated with local partners to establish our first
School of POWHER
Providing Outreach in Women's Health & Educational Resources
This 16 week training curriculum is intended to provide these comadronas with the skills necessary to ensure safe deliveries, address complications, and refer for hospital delivery when appropriate.