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A midwife is changing how women give birth in Mexico, one baby at a time

A midwife in Mexico helps women have natural births and teaches parteras — community midwives — extra skills to help ensure safe, healthy births at home.

Bringing a new life into the world should be a calm, natural experience, not one accompanied by the subtle violence of unnecessary surgery. Because every woman’s birth experience is indelibly stamped into her memory, in my work as a midwife I try to help my patients make outstanding memories.

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Before I started out on a career in midwifery in 2011, I thought that delivery by caesarean section was best for the mother and the baby. That is what I had seen and heard growing up in Guatemala and then saw in Mexico, where caesarean sections are common. While this procedure can save lives,, my mandatory year of service working as a midwife in a rural town called Revolución, I saw how this approach could succeed.

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