Midwife house

[Network of midwives "Un sólo corazón" + Comunal]

In the municipality of Tenejapa, Tseltal and Tsotsil region in the State of Chiapas, there are no economically accessible and culturally adequate health services for women during pregnancy and childbirth, which raised the maternal and infant mortality rate, as the cause number one death in the region. Against this background, the midwives self-organized to form a care network through ancestral knowledge of midwifery and traditional medicine in 22 communities, managing to reduce the mortality rate in five years. The network of midwives “Un solo corazón” (made up of 64 women) attends 91% of deliveries in the region.
Today, midwives do not have adequate space to care for women, so they use their homes as birthing houses. This creates many challenges for both the women and the families of midwives. On the one hand, women do not have decent and healthy space to receive medical care. On the other hand, the families of midwives, both adults and children, give up their space during a birth or consultation, regardless of the time or weather conditions. The project consists of designing and building, through participatory strategies, 20 birth houses so that midwives can care for women without putting patients and their families at risk.

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