A $ 240 donation supports natural childbirth.

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$240

$240 Sponsors a safe delivery

Humanized and natural.

Complete prenatal care for a low-income woman whose chances of dying during childbirth are 67 times higher than in the us.

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$110

$110 Provides personalized prenatal care

Integral for a woman,

Including laboratory tests, ultrasound, folic acid and other supplements, education for a healthy pregnancy plus two postpartum visits.

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Birthing Center
Our humanized and natural choices for women
Gynecological consultations
We offer routine gynecological care, including
Family planning
Woman to woman care
Midwifery School
Professional Midwifery School With an Intercultural Approach
Pediatric care
In collaboration with Children's Charity, an Italian NGO
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Programa de Practicantes

Aceptamos practicantes, usualmente parteras o estudiantes de partería

Sponsors a safe delivery

$240 Complete prenatal care for a low-income woman whose chances of dying during childbirth are 67 times higher than in the us.

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Woman

Prenatal care

$110 Provides personalized prenatal care.

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To Woman

Family Planning

$40 To choose a family planning method. That best fits your lifestyle.

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Care

Clinic services

We offer a pediatric service

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Pediatric service for free

We offer a pediatric service two mornings per week for free

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Midwifery School

Professional Midwifery School With an Intercultural Approach" Ucux Jä

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Staff

Hannah Freiwald - Sandra Lopez - Carmen Ordoñez - María Bocel - Sandra Acajabón

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Pilot Project Chocruz

Designed to train indigenous mayan health promoters

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Birth Center

The only women's health and birth center for low income women in Guatemala

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We offer Intern program

Work With Us:

Internships
with dedication

Manos Abiertas Integrated Womens' health center has accepted interns from all over the world since its inception. We are continuously developing the program in order to provide a satisfying and enriching learning experience.

Intern program

Hannah Freiwald

Hannah has over 20 years experience in midwifery and has assisted at more than 1,600 natural births in Guatemala.

Hannah Freiwald

Founder of Asociación Manos Abiertas (AMA)
Mission:
At Manos Abiertas we offer an atmosphere of safety and a welcoming health care environment where women are served by women. In honouring the whole person, we promote and support our clients to think autonomously and make safe decisions about their health and family- without fear.
Vision:
At Manos Abiertas we seek to be a model of holistic health care for women, taking care of their sexual and reproductive health care needs throughout their lives. We are providing comprehensive services and paving a road to proper and specialised health care. Our goal is to provide tools to empower women to make informed decisions about their health, thus serving as examples for their children, families and communities. By investing in individual women we hope to build a healthier Guatemala.
History
Manos Abiertas - the only women's health and birth center for low income women in Guatemala, is culturally and linguistically sensitive - was founded with the support of PPFA (Planned Parenthood Foundation of America) in 2008. It was a response to the urgent need for comprehensive services for vulnerable Guatemalan women. In recognition of the importance of local partnership for long-term sustainability and impact, PPFA approached Hannah Freiwald, a professional midwife with then over 15 years experience working in Guatemala, and asked her to lead the project. Hannah accepted the task and worked with a Guatemalan team to develop the project at the clinic. They have come to serve approximately 5000 women and their families since its inception. With a focus to provide excellent health services for women living in poor areas, mostly rural in Guatemala, more than 70% of the clientele of Manos abiertas work in agriculture and are of indigenous Mayan descent.

The clinic opened in 2008 and is strategically located in Ciudad Vieja, Sacatepequez, an area lacking any kind of health service despite its proximity to Antigua, an international tourist destination. Antigua is served by most bus companies and therefore has good access even for women living in remote areas of the country. It also provides a convenient way for the team that travels to rural areas to provide visits to women who can not leave their community.

History

Manos Abiertas - one of Guatemala's only women-centered, culturally and linguistically sensitive centers of childbirth and women's health

- was founded with the support of the Planned Parenthood Foundation of America (PPFA) in 2008 in response to the urgent need for comprehensive services for vulnerable Guatemalan women.

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