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  • Jeanne Raisler CNM, MS, MPH,

  • Sylvia Bortin FNP, CNM

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    • Sylvia Bortin, FNP, CNM, received her B.S.N. degree and F.N.P. from Boise State University, Boise, Idaho, and her C.N.M. certificate from the Women's Health Care Training Project at Stanford University, Palo Alto, California. She currently conducts a prenatal program for low-income women at the Santa Cruz Women's Health Center, Santa Cruz, California. She is a student in the master's in midwifery program at the University of California, San Francisco. She has lived in Mexico, and much of her work in health care in California and Idaho has been with clients from Mexico and other Latin American countries

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Mexican society contains a variety of indigenous cultures as well as European influences. Most babies in rural areas are delivered by midwives. Traditional midwives, government-trained and empirical midwives, nurse-midwives, and foreign-trained midwives all practice in Mexico. Nurse-midwives in one project are demonstrating their ability to meet the needs of urban childbearing women. A midwifery organization is developing under the leadership of midwives influenced by the contemporary midwifery movement in the United States. In this article, some traditional Mexican midwifery practices are discussed and interviews with several different Mexican midwives from a variety of backgrounds are presented.

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