From Dream to Reality: Birth Center for Mayan Midwives

Four years have passed since I sat in an enclosed courtyard in the Guatemalan town of Concepción Chiquirichapa and spoke with 20 midwives ranging in age from late 20s to early 80s. We were separated by language and culture but united in heart and spirit as midwives.

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About Author: Judy Luce

Judy Luce, CPM, has been a homebirth midwife for 24 years and has lived in Vermont since 1982. If anyone would like to partner with one of the Guatemalan midwives, make a financial contribution or support this project in any way, contact her at [email protected] or call 802-476-7056 for more information.

Checks made out to International Mayan League and earmarked for the project are tax-deductible and can be sent to Judy at 30 Park St., Barre, VT 05641. Also available are brilliantly colored posters (18" by 24") reproduced from a batik created by artist Jane Pincus honoring women and birth. All proceeds go to the Guatemalan Midwifery Project. Posters cost $23 including postage and mailing tube; they show the image of a woman birthing her child into the hands of a midwife accompanied by the quote from Judy Grahn: “The act of opening yourself up so that another being can pass down the channel and out of you takes a woman all the way down to the very deep of living.” Suitable for framing.

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