CASA MATERNA BIRTHING CENTER
The indigenous villages of Guatemala have some of the highest maternal and fetal mortality rates in all of Latin America. The women of these villages are up to 67 times more likely to die in childbirth than a woman in the U.S. Only 25% of births in rural Guatemala are attended by a medical professional. Instead, traditional Mayan birth attendants called comadronas, who largely have no formal training, provide care during home deliveries where the women are predominantly giving birth in their homes with little to no resources. While well respected within their communities, the comadronas are not equipped to identify high risk pregnancies, or to manage pregnancy and birth related complications.
The Casa Materna Project seeks to provide critically needed medical services and education to impoverished mothers and babies in the rural mountain region of San Juan La Laguna, Guatemala. Due to the remoteness of the area, the lack of affordable maternal and newborn medical services, and the traditional preference for home births, this region has one of the highest maternal mortality ratios (338 per 100,000 live births) in the Western hemisphere. Our goal is for all the women of the San Juan La Laguna area to have an affordable, accessible and safe place to deliver their babies and thereby decrease fetal and maternal mortality in the region.
The diapers donated to Casa Materna will be gifted to mothers and their infants birthing at the center in an effort to decrease the maternal and fetal mortality rate that currently exists in the community.