Aldea Los Encuentros. Nine midwives from Agroamérica’s neighboring communities were trained by doctors from the Anschutz Medical Campus of the University of Colorado, United States. Six of them are already certified by the Ministry of Health, while the remaining three are in the certification process.

According to Hilda Alvarado, social worker of Agroamérica’s Human Development Center, the midwives “were trained in how to deliver a baby, how to address the possible existence of shoulder dystrophy and techniques on how to detect if the baby will be delivered in a breech position”.

Training included learning techniques for normal parturitions and what to do in case of hemorrhage.

For Ernestina Vasquez, 62, a practicing midwife for 30 years, this training is important because it provides techniques to ensure the welfare of the women who give birth and the babies of the communities. “God willing, I will continue to get more knowledge from the doctors, because the knowledge we acquire is of great benefit to the people,” said Ernestina proudly.

“What I like best about learning to be a midwife is being able to help people, because some people do not have the benefit of being able to go to a hospital, can’t afford it, or are single mothers. That is why, I decided to be a midwife, “said Karina Vasquez, 17, who aspires to become a certified midwife.

These trainings are part of the commitment Agroamérica’s Human Development Center has undertaken to contribute improving the living conditions of the people in the communities that surround the banana company.