Author Regine Marton reports on the state of traditional midwifery in Brazil, including efforts to integrate traditional midwives into the health care system. In the town of Caruaru, she describes a strong active association of traditional midwives, leaders of the community, who are working hand in hand with the city and the state in order to achieve their goals.
Regine Marton, MS, CNM, teaches Spanish for Healthcare Providers at Aviva Institute, is an Aquanatal and Watsu provider, and lives in Caruaru, PE, Brazil. She is a collaborator with Amigas do Parto (“Friends of Childbirth,” www.amigasdoparto.org.br), and is the Northeast Brazilian contact for Midwifery Today. You can e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.