"In my village, we have a health center but no doctors at night or on weekends. That is why mid

“My name is María del Carmen Álvarez Pérez. I live in the community of Pinabetal, Chiapas and I’m 28 years old. I am not a midwife yet, but I am learning. I began learning from my grandmother until her death. This is the first time I am in a workshop. When GPA offered this course, I wanted to take it to have new experiences and gain more knowledge. There is only one midwife in my community and we need more. That made me realize how important it is that pregnant women have midwives so they can receive care. The first time I assisted a birth was in May. I was called to check on a girl because her family said she was sick. My mother and I soon realized she was pregnant, not sick. The baby was i

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Global Pediatric Alliance promotes grassroots empowerment and community-based healthcare to improve the lives of women and children, and reduce maternal and infant mortality in Latin America.

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