Midwifery & Global Health Immersion Experience

Offered by Maya Midwifery International / ACAM

Come spend three weeks at the ACAM birth center, located in a charming mountain village in the Guatemalan Highlands. Learn by observing and assisting the Maya midwives of ACAM, the living lineage-holders of a generations-old  midwifery tradition. Experience the daily life and work of this independent collective of midwives. Be mentored and supported by American certified nurse-midwives living on-site with you. Experience prenatal appointments, home visits, mobile clinics, labor and births, as well as herbal and traditional treatments melded with modern medicine and technology. Accompany the midwives in their community development work and educational activities. Participate in guided discussions on global health issues and unique challenges to midwifery in Guatemala. Spend your weekends on field trips to volcanic hot springs, sacred Maya sites, and the culturally rich towns of Quetzaltenango and Chichicastenango.

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Requirements

Applicant must be student or practicing midwife, nurse, doula, or physician and functional in Spanish.


Details

This program is an experiential service learning program, not a clinical placement.  You will be observing and assisting the midwives as they engage in their clinical work, while witnessing a unique and evolving tradition of indigenous midwifery and gaining valuable global health perspectives.

There will be three or four students in a shared apartment, located within the ACAM Birth Center. Students will have a rotating call schedule for births, consults, and mobile clinic days.

An American CNM will supervise the students to support, mentor, and facilitate learning. Three field trips are included in the package.

Students should be prepared to participate in the Maya midwives’ lives.  In the past, students have attended weddings and funerals in the village, witnessed shamanic healings, and been invited into the temescal. The students left feeling inspired by the midwives and with a better understanding of the joys and challenges of international work. No educational credits are presently offered, but a certificate of completion will be provided by Maya Midwifery International.

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Cost & Next Steps

The total cost is $1,800, which includes three weeks living at the Birth Center, learning from the Maya midwives, field trips, supervision and educational activities by on-site CNM Preceptor, and administrative costs. The fee does not include airfare and travel to the Birth Center, mandatory travel/health insurance, or food and sundries. Food will be bought locally, prepared in the apartment kitchen, and is very inexpensive.

We are in the process of planning dates for 2019. Please send a letter of interest with your preferred dates (three weeks) to Nicole May at njmay@aol.com.