Despite the initial confusion upon my arrival at Hospitalito Atitlán, I have actually been learning quite a bit about healthcare in Guatemala and seeing more than I ever could have hoped. Because I am not tied to the Hospitalito, I’ve been able to visit two additional clinics in Santiago to learn about their approach to healthcare. I’ve been specifically focusing on perinatal care and the role of the comodrona (midwife) in the birthing process. Two midwives from the United States, Rebecca and Karen (who is coincidentally from Wisconsin as well), and I have been talking to a variety of nurses, midwives, and administrative people to learn all we can about options that are available for the local women.
And of course, the promised pictures of our wonderful casita!
We can even see the Hospitalito from our balcony!