Tuc Tucs, Comadronas, and Holistic Meds

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Part of the story in Guatemala is just getting around. Long boat rides across Lake Atitlan every morning and long boat rides back after a full day of shooting. Bumpy Tuc Tuc rides (pictured) through town up hills and down. But it’s all worth it and all part of the adventure!

Today we went to both Santiago de Atitlan and San Juan. In Santiago, we interviewed a wonderful couple in their home. They had their oldest boy (2 years old) in a hospital, but had their youngest (6 weeks) with a midwife in their own bed. We learned about the women of Tz´utujil (the local Mayan population) and their fears and concerns of visiting the relatively new hospital and why they mostly prefer to use a midwife during their pregnancies. We then traveled to San Juan to meet with a local midwife (called a “comadrona” in Spanish) that has been practicing for more than 30 years. She schooled us on the advantages of holistic health vs pharmaceuticals.

One thought on “Tuc Tucs, Comadronas, and Holistic Meds

  1. Gemma T. Niobe

    Kim! How wonderful! I can’t wait to view this documentary. What is its title? It sounds like you’re meeting amazing people and having a life-altering artistic experience. I absolutely love that you have interacted with Mayan descendants. That’s incredible. Side note: As I was reading your entry, the British t.v. series “Call the Midwife” (set in post-WWII England) came to mind. Midwifery is presented as the antithesis to the, at times, risky “hospital world.”

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