Providing Dignified Births in Mexico

by Partners In Health (PIH)
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Providing Dignified Births in Mexico
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Providing Dignified Births in Mexico
Providing Dignified Births in Mexico
Providing Dignified Births in Mexico
Providing Dignified Births in Mexico
CES staff building a bed at the new Casa Materna
CES staff building a bed at the new Casa Materna

Thank you for supporting our “Providing Dignified Births in Mexico” campaign in GlobalGiving. We’re getting closer to our goal of delivering babies in a respectful way with safe spaces and providing the best attention to mothers in Chiapas, Mexico.  

We can’t believe it has already been nine months since the beginning of this campaign! Time flies, for sure, and we are so happy to be on this journey next to you.  

In early March, the Construction team finished the remodeling activities of Casa Materna Siltepec, that consist in – consultation and birthing rooms, in addition a delivery room has been built and painted. The facility now has water and electricity services, and  will be fully equipped soon with delivery beds, desks, lockers and other supplies.  

The staff of Siltepec’s Health Center has received trainings in obstetric emergencies for better attention to patients at Casa Materna. Three staff members from Compañeros En Salud are now working at the health center to become familiar with the process and protocols of the facility.  

It is estimated for the new Casa Materna to officially open its doors to the public in mid-June.This first stage on the journey for equity and quality in healthcare is almost over,but we have a long way to go to ensure dignified care for women in Siltepec. Thanks to you, we’re getting closer to our purpose every day.  

Staff at Siltepec's Casa Materna during training.
Staff at Siltepec's Casa Materna during training.
View of one of the painted rooms at Casa Materna
View of one of the painted rooms at Casa Materna
Clinical staff during training
Clinical staff during training
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Compañeros En Salud wants to thank you for your contributions for the "Providing Dignified Births in Mexico” campaign. Thanks to your help, we will be able to support thousands of women in Chiapas. 

It’s been some exciting months since the planning of Casa Materna at Siltepecbegan! This dream is now taking a more solid shape, and each day, we’re getting closer to providing dignified attention and professional healthcare for women during pregnancy, labor, and delivery.   

On January 3rd, 2023, remodeling activities began for the new Casa Materna: electricity, plumbing, and water supply, and a thermostatic water heater have been installed. Today, the construction is 50% done, next steps are starting interior finishing works, luminaire, and furnishing.  

The construction is expected to be finished in the first week of March, which is earlier than expected!  

Dr. Montaño has started a series of meetings with leaders of the health center that Casa Materna will be part of, and Authorities of the Municipality, the goal of these meetings is to coordinate activities between the Health Center and Casa Materna.  

On the clinical side, last month, two CES obstetric nurses joined the health center of Siltepec, in order to integrate with the rest of the doctors and nurses from the Ministry of Health, and know the healthcare process of this facility.  

CES volunteers have also completed some visits to traditional midwives to get to know them, talk about the model of Casa Materna and invite them to collaborate in this new project.  

In the past few weeks, we have also provided the health center with needed medication and supplies for pregnant patients. Equipment is still being purchased, and in the next month, Casa Materna will be fully established.   

Casa Materna is expected to officially open its doors in April 2023. At Compañeros En Salud, we’re deeply thankful for the support we’ve received, and we are very excited about starting clinical activity at this new facility, which will impact the lives of thousands of women.   



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At Compañeros En Salud (CES) – as Partners In Health is known in Mexico – we're thankful for your support! This is the beginning of a life-changing option in healthcare for thousands of women in the municipality of Siltepec, Chiapas.  

Since 2016, Compañeros En Salud has collaborated with the Ministry of Health and the Basic Community Hospital Angel Albino Corzo in Jaltenango de la Paz, Chiapaswith a dignified birth model at a healthcare facility called Casa Materna. Today, you are part of a new Casa Materna that will be operating in Siltepec Chiapas, benefiting an area of over 32,000 people. 

In the past three months, Compañeros En Salud has gotten closer, step by step, to making dignified births a reality in Siltepec, which is one of the municipalities in Chiapas with the highest maternal mortality rates. It was, indeed, urgent to take action to change this reality.  

Last September, Dr. Martínez (Program Director at CES and Dr. Montaño (Sexual and Reproductive Health Coordinator at CES) reunited with key stakeholders of Siltepec to present the remodeling and action plan for the health center. The project has been approved by the Ministry of Health, and the next steps will involve alliances with architects and service providers to begin infrastructure remodeling activities on December 5th 2022.  

The new Casa Materna (birthing center) will count with a consultation room, a birthing room, a labor room,two restrooms, a multiple-use area (for training, psychoprophylaxis sessions, and events), and a storage room. This will allow patients during consultation, labor, and childbirth to be comfortable and have privacy, compared to other facilities in the country where women are put in vulnerable and disrespectful positions.  

The purchasing plans have been also approved, and this Casa Materna will be equipped with brand-new birthing beds, surgical lamps, oxygen tanks, transport stretchers, baby scales, radiant heat warmers, and ultrasound machines, among other high-qualitysupplies to ensure the best care for mothers and their babies. 

Some of our plans for 2023 are to start hiring staff and recruiting volunteers in January. During the beginning of the year,we will begin training on dignified births, global health, and social medicine, to provide social context for the staff and transmit the determinants of health that lead to access barriers in remote areas like Siltepec 

We’re very excited about this nascent project that will positively impact the quality of life of thousands of women in Chiapas. With your support, injustice has a cure! 


Compañeros En Salud 


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Location: Boston, MA - USA
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Project Leader:
Paola Rodriguez
Angel Albino Corzo , Chiapas Mexico
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