Honorable Mention: CUGH-Pulitzer 2016 Global Health Video Competition (Advocacy Category)
Salvando Madres School of POWHER
For the 2016 CUGH video competition, Saving Mothers is pleased to present this short video on our School of POWHER, an educational program in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala that improves maternal outcomes. As a result of genocide and marginalization in Guatemala's recent problematic history, the indigenous Mayan groups are among the most vulnerable in the country. This is largely seen by the high rates of maternal death among indigineous women as compared to their urban or assimilated counterparts. The maternal mortality and morbidity rates in Guatemala are among the highest in Central America, but still disproportionately effect indigineous women in the Mayan highlands. The video showcases our school of POWHER and the comadronas as brokers between traditional Mayan beliefs and customs and medical referral.
Since comadronas believe that their skills are God given, many lack traditional medical education and instruction in how to address emergency situations at delivery. Our Saving Mothers School of POWHER empowers the comadronas with life saving tools and training for pregnancy and childbirth related complications. Through this training the comadronas educate women in their communities to understand their pregnancies and health, creating a self- sustaining cycle of female empowerment.
Saving Mothers, Isak Tiner, Jessica Oliviera, the comadronas and community of the Lake Atitlan region, Guatemala