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Provide Midwives in Guatemala w/ Birth Supplies
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Hi everyone :) I hope you are all enjoying the start of this gorgeous summer! In this time of abundance, in the season of growth, you may like to donate to provide midwives in rural Guatemala with birth supplies & books they would not ...

Hi everyone :)

I hope you are all enjoying the start of this gorgeous summer! In this time of abundance, in the season of growth, you may like to donate to provide midwives in rural Guatemala with invaluable birth supplies & books.

I am leaving for Guatemala on Saturday, June 7. This is a bit of short notice, though I've just realized this wonderful opportunity to give a gift to the San Antonio Palopo community. 

I will be working with midwives in a very rural community, and they've asked that I come prepared to share something with them that I've learned through my experience attending births as a doula. I think lessons in rebozo use would be most helpful for these women, as rebozos are simple, can do many things non-invasively, and, as the Guatemalan women weave, can be made easily. In fact, the rebozo is already a part of every day life in Guatemala, however, I cannot find any evidence that it is used by midwives in San Antonio Palopo.

We know that the rebozo can provide increased comfort, facilitate steady labor, & even turn a baby! I feel it would be a sustainable practice for Guatemalan midwives to employ.

I'd like to purchase a Rebozo Kit from Cutting Edge Press (anyone know Polly?) which includes easy-to-access cards with rebozo techniques & a DVD, among other things. This comprehensive kit will best prepare me to guide the midwives, & will continue to serve them long after. 

I'd also like to bring (at least) one birth ball, as well as some other basic resources for the midwives, such as 'Donde No Hay Doctor,' 'Parto Y Nacimiento' (by Penny Simkin!), 'Hipnoparto y Parto Creativo,' etc. 

I have not had much pre-emptive contact with people in the community as they do not readily have the means for global communication, so I am unsure what they would need in terms of actual medical supplies. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

You can make a monetary donation via WePay, which I believe accepts credit & debit cards. Because of the time crunch, I can only accept physical donations of supplies (books, gloves, birth ball, etc.) if you live in Maryland, or you are willing to ship it to Maryland (to arrive by ten am on June 7). 

Monetary donations will be used to purchase the supplies & books, & if necessary, pay a small fee to carry an extra bag (with the supplies & books) onto the plane. It is unlikely there will be any 'leftover' money, as we could purchase an infinite number of birth balls, books, etc. & many of the books will be special order & expensive. However in the event that there is a surplus, it will be given directly to the women to purchase medical supplies.

Let's raise $300+ 

to spread love & peace

& hold safe space for our sisters, mothers, daughters, aunts, friends, mentors

all over the world!

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$5 USD
Email Updates w Gorgeous Pictures
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Throughout my trip, when allowed the opportunity to access internet, I will send out brief updates about the midwives & their work (complete with pictures of the individuals with the donations, Lake Atitlan, etc.)
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A handwritten letter & thank you note, from Guatemala
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