Monday, November 04, 2013

Sponsor a Birth

Natural birth scholarship:   

A recent video that went viral on Facebook and YouTube shows an indigenous woman from Oaxaca giving birth on a government health clinic lawn after having been ignored and refused service by the medical staff.  The plight of that woman and her baby underscores the predicament of underprivileged indigenous women and their babies in Oaxaca.

Help us provide a compassionate alternative to a traumatizing birth experience. A "birth scholarship" will allow a low-income woman and her baby to be lovingly attended in a clean and safe environment, with professional doctors and midwives.  The normal cost of a birth at Casa Compasiva is approximately $480 US, and although we give frequent hefty discounts, that is still well beyond the price range of many low-income families. Let the love of God touch both mother and baby at this critical time of passage!

Caesarean birth scholarship:

Complications sometimes arise in even the best-planned births. And sometimes a pregnant woman is "screened out" from a natural birth because of pre-existing medical conditions. In these cases, a "Caesarean birth scholarship" will allow a low-income Oaxacan woman to transport to a decent private hospital for a surgical birth.  For $1250 U.S. she can be promptly attended by a respectful medical team rather than waiting hours (and sometimes days) for care at the public hospital.  Instead of isolation and abandonment during the most difficult hours of her life, she will be accompanied by loving Casa Compasiva staff who will pray for her and her baby, ministering peace during anafter surgery. Your gift can help to make a necessary transport to hospital a time of peace and confidence in God rather than trauma, fear, and neglect.

For Donations:

Missionary Ventures
P.O. Box 593550
Orlando, FL 32859

Missionary Ventures Canada
336-H Speedvale Avenue West
Guelph, Ontario N1H-7M7

Tax-deductible donations can be sent to Missionary Ventures with a note preferencing it for Birth Center / Oaxaca

For Online Giving:

From the U.S.A. click here and go to Special Projects and specify Birth Center - Oaxaca

Lila Q.

Saturday, November 02, 2013

Setting the Record Straight

A friend kindly pointed out to me the tone of my last blog post- Misrepresentations, Mistreatment, andMisproportions.  According to her, my article made it “obvious that the doctors and hospitals are all out to ruin women and babies.” And in re-reading my post, I can see how that could be the reader's take-away conclusion. For that I am sorry, because that is obviously not true.

Oaxacan medical personnel are much the same as their colleagues worldwide-- motivated by a strong desire to serve humanity in the best way they know how—by caring for physical needs.  My challenge is to accurately represent the needs here in Oaxaca, exposing and hopefully helping to correct imbalances while not defaming or misrepresenting the medical community.   

Because many of Casa Compasiva's clients have experienced the seamy underside of the medical establishment and share their sad stories with us, we tend to forget that the seamy underside is only half of the story. The other part is the noble and often heroic role that doctors play in the lives of women here in Mexico.

We have the best living example of that in our own Doctora Donaji , who serves with Casa Compasiva.  She selflessly gives up sleep to sit all night with a labouring woman.  She gives up vacation days rather than being unavailable to her clients around their due dates.  She spends her days off making herbal lotions and salves to donate to Casa in order to raise money for needy clients.  In short, she is an amazing example of a physician who lays down her life for her clients.

Dr. Jesus Guzman is another great example of a Oaxacan doctor of integrity.  He is          
an OB-GYN to whom we often refer our clients, and who has performed Caesareans for us in cases where we have had to transport.  Both he and his wife, Dra. Patricia Diaz, a pediatrician, are committed to a standard of excellence in serving their clients- refusing to make medical decisions based on economic gain but always instead based on what is best for the client.

And then there is the doctor who attended my friend when she was pregnant. When her water broke, he went to their house to check her and then took them in his car--(they didn't have one at the time)--to the private clinic where their baby was born.) How many OB-GYN's in the U.S. or Canada would do that for their pregnant client?  

Dr. Angel Quintero is another OB-GYN who has worked tirelessly to educate medical personnel and improve maternity services in Oaxaca—working with midwives to effect positive change for birthing women of Oaxaca.

For all of these doctors and for many others like them, we are extremely grateful. I hope this helps to set the record straight.  Yes, there is a serious fly in the ointment of Oaxacan obstetric care—the Caesarean rate here is the highest in the world!  Abuse happens.  And yet Oaxaca is also privileged to have outstanding examples of doctors who understand and uphold the very best aspects of the Hippocratic Oath—dedicating their lives in skillful service to their patients.

So it is always good to be reminded of the need to present a balanced report, and again I thank my friend for calling this to my attention.  We love Oaxaca; we love Mexico; we love the mamas and babies whom we serve; and we highly value and respect the many fine doctors and medical personnel with whom we are privileged to associate.  

Lila Q