What an amazing day we had!! God's timing really is so perfect!
After 3 years of dreaming, planning, working, praying... the Casa Materna (birthing center) saw its first birth today!
We went to the birthing center this morning to have a meeting with ALAVI (the group who will be in charge of running the center). Catalina pulled me aside to say that she had a patient who had been contracting all night and could she bring her to the birthing center...
I tried to hide my excitement when I answered, 'Claro!'
Aura is a 20 year old primigravid (1st baby) who labored throughout the day under the loving care of Catalina, Ginny, and me. After a long, 'first baby' labor, at 1203 am she became the first woman to 'dar luz' at the Casa Materna in El Chal.
God is good!!