My name is Emma Brofsky and I came on board in July as the In-Country Director of Operations/Team Coordinator. My background is in public health and I am passionate about the health of moms, babies, and children globally, especially in low-resource settings. It has been wonderful getting to know the Lake Atitlan community in order to help the Casa Materna fulfill its mission as an affordable, accessible, and safe space to deliver babies.
We have had a lot of excitement the past couple of months! Our comadrona, Lesbia, recently welcomed a beautiful baby boy into her family. We wish her the best as she spends her maternity leave with this adorable guy!
In July our team participated in a review of neonatal resuscitation with Erika Close from S.H.E.R. (Sharing Health Education Resources) (LINK: https://www.sherinfo.org/) This evidence-based technique can save lives of babies in low-resource settings.
We celebrated “Labor Day” in September with a training to learn exercises that can help change the position of the baby for an easier time during labor, also known as “Spinning Babies”. We also had some training sessions with our Clinical Staff Educator, Erica Miller (RN, BSN) who spent a month at the Casa working hard to improve our protocols.
We visited pregnant women in two of the aldeas, smaller towns surrounding San Juan, and our educator Merlyn provided education on body changes during pregnancy, risk signs, and the importance of prenatal care. We distributed prenatal vitamins to all women in attendance. Merlyn also led an educational session with moms due in October to mentally and physically prepare for labor.
We invited comadronas from San Juan and nearby towns on the lake to visit our Casa for a lunch and learn session. The ladies enjoyed touring the Casa and interacting with our staff as well as discussed positioning of the baby and the importance of early initiation of breastfeeding. We hope that these comadronas feel welcome to bring moms for prenatal care and deliveries at the Casa Materna.
As always, we are thankful for your support of the Casa Materna and look forward to a bright future. Check out more recent photos in our gallery (LINK: https://casamaternaatitlan.org/gallery/gallery/) and on our social media!