Comadronas fulfil a role similar to a doula for many pregnant indigenous women. But discrimination is hampering their work
Juana Cac Perpuac sits on the grass outside the health centre in her town with a look of desperation and disbelief in her eyes. She whispers: “I’m attending to one woman who is eight months pregnant and very thin. I told her to come here to get help, but the staff wouldn’t see her. She’s due soon and I think she’s going to have problems.” Cac Perpuac adds that doctors and nurses often don’t take women like her seriously. She fears the worst for the woman she is looking after.