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Global Activism: Supporting Midwives in Nicaragua

It's Thursday and time for our Global Activism series. Each Thursday we hear about an individual who's decided to work to make the world a better place.

Nicaragua is a hard place to be an expectant mother. According to the International Federation of Planned Parenthood, up to 300 out of every 100,000 pregnant women die giving birth in Nicaragua. As a comparison, only 8 women per 100,000 die giving birth in the U.S. Part of the reason.
 
Nicaragua has such a high maternal mortality rate is the lack of health services for the poorest members of society. Only 33 percent of poor women in Nicaragua have access to a trained attendant while they give birth.

Angie Rogers and Bethany Golden are co-founders of Juntos Adelante. It's a Chicago-based organization that works to improve women's reproductive health in Nicaragua.  The organization is also behind Mama's Clinic in the northern highlands of Nicaragua.

Bethany Golden told me how they got involved in Nicaragua.

To get in touch with Juntos Adelante, call: 646-734-3625
Or write to:
ICAS/Juntos Adelante
5601 Henning Road Sebastopol, CA
95472

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