Exploring Indigenous Women’s Antenatal Care Experiences in Guatemala’s Western Highlands

Exploring Indigenous Women’s Antenatal Care Experiences in Guatemala’s Western Highlands

The highlands of Guatemala are home to vibrant indigenous Mam and K´iche communities that have unique customs and traditions, including when it comes to seeking maternal and newborn care. In these rural areas, traditional birth attendants,
or comadronas, provide critical support to indigenous pregnant women and their families throughout their pregnancies, including
antenatal care (ANC), childbirth assistance, and postpartum care. While comadronas serve as a key link between the family
and the health care system, there are missed opportunities that can ensure that traditional practices common in indigenous
communities are linked with the formal health care system and women’s experience of care is improved.

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