San Miguel De Allende, Guanajuato Mexico (PressExposure) June 20, 2011 -- CASA´s Professional Midwifery School, the only school in the country of its kind-incorporated into the Ministry of Education-cordially invites you to attend the graduation of the 12th class of professional midwives on Saturday, July 2nd at 1:00pm in our campus located at Santa Julia # 15, Colonia Santa Julia in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato. Mexico´s Minister of Health, Jose Ángel Córdova Villalobos, will be the commencement speaker.
CASA´s Professional Midwifery was founded in 1996 and is open to all women who have completed at least nine years of formal education (secondary school). The program gives preference to young women from rural areas that are related to a traditional midwife and provides scholarships to most women. The midwifery program is a three year course of study and the majority of students receive scholarships. Graduates have come from 13 different states in Mexico, as well as from Germany and Guatemala. CASA´s professional midwifery school is one of CASA´s nine programs, a non-profit organization that has been providing health and educational services to the most vulnerable population for over 30 years (www.casa.org.mx).
CASA has received support from many sources such as the Carlos Slim Health Institute, Azteca Foundation, The Mexico City-based Memory and Tolerance Museum, Johnson & Johnson, and the REBECA network that consists of Mexican benefactors. Since 2005 the Guanajuato State Health Ministry and CASA have had a contract under which the government provides CASA with family planning methods and in turn trained CASA providers give free counseling and birth control to the general public. Recently, the CASA Hospital was accredited by the federal Health Ministry and officially accepted as a public health care provider. Women with public health insurance, (Seguro Popular) can now access CASA´s prenatal care and birthing services at the CASA Hospital when Guanajuato state health facilities cannot provide such services. In the near future CASA plans to help open two public professional midwifery schools with assistance from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation, state and federal government partners and others.
In 2010 Dr. Cordova, Mexico´s Health Minister visited the CASA teaching hospital run by midwives that has been able to achieve low maternal and infant mortality rates, cesarean rates, and low birth-weight rates. Dr. Cordova is promoting the midwifery model of care as one of various care models for all Mexican women. The National Health Ministry has made the commitment to provide funding to enable young women interested in studying midwifery to begin their studies in August 2011. The Ministry has also taken concrete actions to incorporate graduates into the national health system by offering them well-paid jobs in high-need areas such as Chiapas, Guerrero, Veracruz, Puebla, D.F., San Luis Potosi, Tabasco and Oaxaca. Additionally, the Ministry of Health has included the midwife position into the national public health job catalog and is establishing free-standing birthing centers; all of these actions serve to advance humanized birth and the midwifery model of care in Mexico.
CASA currently provides services to over 80,000 people per year and considers access to quality health care a basic human right. The organization firmly believes that the best health results are achieved at a community level and that Mexico can obtain a health-care system based on principles of equality, health promotion and disease prevention. For more information about this event or CASA´s Professional Midwifery and the admission process, please contact Ana Lucia Marquez, Development Coordinator (email@example.com) or Maribel Hernandez, CASA´s Midwifery School Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org).