In June 2022, the activities of the project “Safe childbirth and cultural security through intercultural dialogue between traditional midwives and hospital health personnel: controlled trial” will begin.
It is a joint initiative between the CIET at the Autonomous University of Guerrero, Mexico; Participatory Research @ McGill (PRAM) from McGill University, Canada; and the Center for Intercultural Medical Studies (CEMI), from Colombia.
Through a participatory research process, the project aims to evaluate the impact of interventions co-designed by traditional Indigenous midwives and hospital service personnel in four municipalities of Guerrero, Mexico on the care of pregnancies and childbirth.
This will be the third cycle of research involving Indigenous traditional midwives in southeastern Mexico. In the first two cycles, it was documented that maternal health indicators improve when traditional midwives have support to transmit their knowledge to midwifery apprentices and that it is a requirement of midwives to be well recognized by Western society.