Wuqu' Kawoq is pleased to announce that one of our partner organizations in women's health, the midwifery cooperative of ACOTCHI (Asociacion de Comadronas Tradicionales de Chimaltenango), recently opened up its own dedicated birthing center in Chiq'a'l/San Juan Comalapa. Wuqu' Kawoq has been collaborating with ACOTCHI for nearly a decade to support midwife training programs delivered in Kaqchikel, to assist with adult literacy classes, and to hold primary health care clinics. Our relationships with many of ACOTCHI's midwives have facilitated not only improvement of prenatal care to many Kaqchikel women, but also nutrition and diabetes programming in several rural communities of the Kaqchikel highlands.
During the inauguration of the new clinic, ACOTCHI's Director, Erika Yax, commented, "It has been very difficult to reach this point. We began on the ground...no one has ever made sure that midwives have had an adequate or dignified space in which to work. This is a dream, and it is just the beginning."
As Wuqu' Kawoq continues to collaborate with ACOTCHI in this beautiful new clinical space, we will contribute to ACOTCHI's admirable efforts in lowering maternal mortality rates and providing high quality prenatal and post-partum care to Kaqchikel women.
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