The greatest gift: Safe childbirths in Colombia

The greatest gift: Safe childbirths in Colombia


I learn through my dreams. In Wayuu I am called
‘Alüjülii’ [natural healer]. In my experience as a midwife,
I keep an eye on women, the first-time moms, the women. I want to tell you about this one. It’s called Zanconcito – I use it
to massage the pregnant belly. Everything is normal. I have a lot of trust in her. I had a lot of pain in the first weeks
of my pregnancy. and she helped me a lot. There was no longer any food
there was no longer any money. I didn’t feel safe in Venezuela. Here in my village there is no
healthcare or anything like that. But several midwives from our
community were able to get training,
. and that has helped us a lot
because they know more now. Thanks to Malteser Colombia. Because of our inexperience before,
sometimes the babies would die in my hands We would say it was a bad spirit, and we wouldn’t go
to the clinic or hospital, because we thought to get pricked
with a needle was abusive. Now I have much more experience,
thanks to Malteser International. We learned about cleanliness
to wash our hands, how to monitor a pregnancy, how to cut the umbilical cord,
we didn’t do that before. We have been trained, we have practiced,
and now we understand. Because of our situation,
because we are in need, we’ve been forced into the cities, and our culture is being lost. In my family, we try to keep both cultures. I have always been a single mother
and self-employed. believe that we have to teach
our children about our culture. I want to set a good example for my children. As Wayúu, we don’t take paternal
lineage, but that of the mother. We are the keepers of the culture,
the plants, weddings, funerals, everything – and the development of girls
into women – it is all women’s work. I’m thankful to God, because I only have
a primary school education. But this mind, is meant
to serve everyone. I feel that I was born to help.

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