Dear friends and family!
Every year, I volunteer my services within my community as a birth and postpartum doula, perinatal educator and lactation educator.
With thanks to CAPPA Latinoamérica and their efforts in organizing this trip, I plan to volunteer abroad for a week (August 7-13, 2016)
I will be providing continuous support for women in need at a hospital, that delivers about 100 babies a day, in Guayaquil, Equador. Due to the disparity of the staff-to-patient ratio, directors are requesting the services of volunteer birth workers. All mothers receive prenatal and postpartum care from a midwife, and high-risk care from an obstetrician-gynecologist if medically necessary.
Mothers now labor out of bed (reducing the cesarean rate by 3%), birthing in their position of choice, practice kangaroo mother care and breastfeeding, and newborns are released at 2.5 pounds. As a result, birth and infant feeding outcomes are improving.
Thank you for taking the time to read and share my story, and considering a donation to help me reach my goal. I hope to make a difference in their lives, while also learning more about multicultural birth practices and a little more about myself.