Saturday, June 22, 2013

Nicaragua Maternal and Child Miskito Indian program

Working closely with our long time local partner, the Santa Ines Clinic of Waspam, Dooley-Intermed established an innovative educational project training local mothers to act as Community Doulas in their remote, isolated villages. A doula is a trained assistant who provides physical, emotional, and practical support to women during pregnancy, childbirth, and care of their newborns. This successful initiative is culturally appropriate, since it builds upon the time-immemorial Miskito tradition of cooperative village life known locally as “pana-pana” (“buddy to buddy help”); that is, a strong commitment to reciprocity among extended family networks and neighbors.             

Mothers to be in training class to act as “Community Doulas”

Your kind gift of any amount will help us continue our service to these mothers and their families. 


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