Director’s Update by Dr. Erica McElroy
At Casa Materna Atitlán, every day is a celebration of motherhood and life! When a pregnant woman walks in our doors she is met with favor and viewed as valuable. Her family, culture, and traditions are honored. Sadly this is not the case for many women. Moms across the globe have nowhere safe to go, and are dying from PREVENTABLE pregnancy and childbirth related causes at a rate of 830 women per day. The indigenous villages of Guatemala have some of the highest maternal death rates in the western world. Casa Materna has addressed this sad reality by training rural indigenous staff to identify high-risk pregnancies. Since February 2017, we have delivered 145 low-risk moms, referred 58 high-risk pregnancies, and have personally transported these high-risk women to the hospital one and a half hours away. Just last month we began training 3 new indigenous staff and have begun regular ultrasound training for our team in order to meet the volume demands. By God’s grace we hope to expand our reach to even more women in the year ahead.
This Mother’s Day, consider honoring motherhood with a gift of life to the Casa Materna.
“Her children rise up and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:”
All glory be to God.