PROJECTS & Partners

BOMA AFRICA is a tourism non-profit based in Mto Wa Mbo, Tanzania. 

 

Owned by a husband and wife team. They met when Leesha was visiting Tanzania from Canada as a Midwifery student and met Lau, a Mt Kilimanjaro expedition guide. Three children later, the family lives in a beautiful region in Tanzania known for their array of bananas.

 

Their intention is to open a birth center in their area called BOMA LA MAMA. Proceeds from their tourism business goes towards the construction of the new site.

 

Leesha also works as a midwife serving the women of Tanzania, and facilitates clinical time for North American Doulas and Midwives.

 

The first trip that Gabby and Charlotte took to Tanzania was organized through Leesha. We are so grateful for their heart and collaboration to better Women's Health. 

KARATU DISTRICT HOSPITAL &

KARATU LUTHERAN HOSPITAL

Each year we strive to learn about what the actual needs of the hospitals we work in are. Our first year with doulas we brought water filters (see below), reusable menstrual pads and soap (locally made by Boma Africa). By the end of our trip, the KDH (known by locals as Dabaldi), explained that their number one need was an ultrasound machine. They serve over 150 birthing women each month, and when something is presenting as complicated they must refer the patient to a different clinic with the proper technology. This means a pregnant or laboring mother might have to travel down bumpy roads for the care she needs.

 

In 2019, we raised $17,000 to purchase an ultrasound machine for Karatu District Hospital. It was quite a journey, and so grateful for Saja Erens (an amazing Deutch midwife) at Stitching Mount Meru for providing sonography training to Dr. Simpa so that he can be of service to the patients at the hospital. 

Moving forward, Karatu Lutheran Hospital (currently the referral hospital from Dabaldi if anything seems high risk), desires a neonatal ward with neonatal incubators. We hope to raise the funds to purchase several incubators and oxygen machines for the hospital in 2020.

To financially contribute to these projects, please click here.

SAFE Water Now is an Asheville based non-profit providing expertise, services, and resources to solve the problem of unsafe drinking water in Tanzania.

 

Their manufacturing partner in Arusha, Tanzania produces a high quality, yet affordable, household ceramic water filter. The filter produces sufficient safe drinking water for a family for 5 years.

 

We hope to provide these filters throughout the clinics, to provide safe water for staff and mothers, as well as have them available for people to take home.

 

Our doulas will be teaching hygiene education to the mamas and encouraging the importance of SAFE water for healthy families. 

 

Learn more about their amazing project here.

indigenous midwives in Ecuador 

We are very fortunate to have connected with an amazing community of Kichwa midwives in the Northern Highlands of Ecuador. 

Together, we create educational days for doulas to shadow them in their communities and see how they do prenatal and postpartum visits with mamas. 

They also lead classes for us to learn rebozo techniques, traditional closing of the hips, plant medicine, how to make salves, and how to encourage baby to move head down. 

Our midwife partners include: Mama Rosa Colta, Mama Marta, Mama Margarita, Mama Lucmila, Mama Crucita, Mama Marianna, Mama Hortencia, Mama Ana Maria and Mama Delia. 

 

HOSPITAL SAN LUIS DE OTAVALO

We work as doulas in the local hospital in Otavalo. This hospital is known for having a 90% vaginal birth rate, and a 75% vertical birth rate. They do an incredible job blending western medicine and traditional indigenous medicine to offer the best care to the population in this region.

Mama Rosa Colta is the resident midwife on staff, but most mothers are followed by a midwife in their community and just come to the hospital to birth. Community midwives are allowed to be present with them during their birth for support and encouragement. 

 

We are so grateful to this hospital for welcoming us and allowing us to serve their laboring mothers!​

 

FUTURE PROJECTS IN ECUADOR 

Our primary intention is to respectfully preserve the incredible birth culture and knowledge that these midwives possess. We hope to financially support Mama Marta Arotingo in her pursuit of starting an indigenous midwifery school. We will keep you updated as this project unfolds. 

 

MAKING A DOCUMENTARY

In July 2019, documentary filmmaker Maximiliano Matinez collaborated with Wombs of the World to create a one of a kind film. We shadowed and interviewed midwives, hospital directors, shamans, and public health officials to capture the story and teaching of this incredible culture. 

Estimated project completion in 2021. Stay tuned! 

 

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