A midwife friend of mine opened a birth center at a hospital in Mexico. The doctors asked for her to come work with them—to teach them! She started a podcast recently to chronicle her adventures and the advancements she’s been able to make in maternity care.
If you’re a birth nerd or want to know more about how amazing birth can be when midwives and doctors collaborate as equals, check out her stories here.
Katia and her colleagues work in a multicultural environment. The population where she practices is split between Mexicans, indigenous Mexicans, and Mennonites. The birth customs in each group differ widely. The way this collaborative system is able to work while respecting the diverse needs of these families is incredible.
She recently did 8 births in the space of a few weeks, all vaginal, and three vbac. One of the vbacs had two previous cesareans and another had five previous cesareans!
Typically in their birth center births at the hospital, no doctor or nurse is allowed in unless they’re needed. In the recent weeks, a doctor was floored by her non-invasive handling of shoulder dystocia and a pediatrician amazed by the response of a premature baby with delayed cord clamping being put to the breast.
Hear about those and follow all her adventures here.