Maternal & Infant Mortality SewHope is implementing short and long-term plans to address maternal and infant mortality through these efforts:
With our regular medical teams that travel to the region and the eventual hiring of a Guatemalan doctor in our clinic, we are reaching our goal of caring for pregnant patients over the entire course of their pregnancy. We also have electronic record keeping in the clinic allowing us to keep good records during the pregnancies.
We perform ultrasounds, educate pregnant patients on the warning signs that require immediate transfer to the hospital, and help them develop a plan for when they go into labor.
We monitor blood pressures, perform urinalyses, track the baby's growth, and supply vitamins throughout pregnancy.
We support women who face difficult situations at home and elsewhere due to their pregnancies.
We work hand-in-hand with midwives and community leaders to provide a safe birthing experience. Working together with the community of El Chal, SewHope helped build the first free-standing Birthing Center in the region. Over 50 healthy babies have been delivered at the Center, located in the community of El Chal, since its opening in 2015. Midwives form the U.S. regularly visit the Center to work alongside the Guatemalan midwives (comadronas).
On January 15th, 2015 the first baby was brought into the world at our Casa Materna! Under the loving care of Midwife Catalina, Dr. Coral Matus and Midwife Ginny a beautiful and healthy boy was delivered. Since then 45 more babies have been delivered safely
Dr. Coral Matus leads SewHope's effort to build first free standing Birthing Center in Él Peten.
Health organizations agree that reducing maternal mortality is one of the most difficult challenges to address in global health. Yes, we read the alarming statistics regarding maternal and infant mortality in low resource countries. We have been searching for sustainable long term solutions in this area. So when Dr. Coral Matus heard the pleas of a local midwife in El Chal, she decided to respond. "Catalina" delivers about 90 babies a year. The women come to her home often in the dark of night and her own husband leaves their bed so that the women have a soft place to birth their baby!! Catalina knows the issues; she knows what is needed to save lives. SewHope believes that the answers must come from the people themselves; it is only our job to respond, to facilitate and to share our knowledge in a way that will work in their culture. The community of El Chal has donated the land for this project and you can see below that they are building this "Casa Materna" with their own sweat, energy and passion! We dream that this Center will be a place that will save the lives of mothers and babies and will serve as a start for a broader program throughout the Peten.