To save lives, midwives mix Mayan heritage with Western medicine

The fight to reduce maternal and infant deaths in Guatemala and Mexico doesn’t usually take place in fully staffed hospitals but in bare-boned rooms hours away.

Clementa Eluvia Monterroso Romero dresses her recently born grandson under the watch of her four-year-old granddaughter, left, in the room where she assisted her daughter through birth. Monterroso Romero and her daughter are part of a group of traditional midwives in the community of La Victoria near Concepción Chiquirichapa, Guatemala. 

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