Training Midwives to Save Expectant Mothers in Chiapas

The indigenous groups native to Chiapas have, for generations, had their babies delivered at home by traditional midwives, or parteras. These midwives handle normal births with ease, but most lack the training, medicines and equipment needed to deal with obstetric emergencies like hemorrhage, high blood pressure and infection.

Nonetheless, the midwives are respected and loved for their skilled hands and wisdom, and for the warmth, affection and comfort they bring to women in labor. At least half the women in indigenous communities in Chiapas still rely on traditional midwives.

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