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Daniela commented on Being a mom in the "wild" jungle - Santa and Epera Women

Thanks for your contribution Kate! How to recreate Santa in somewhere like te US? I am pretty sure that native americans and indigenous communities from the US have a lot of knowledge in this subject too... and the US is a country where you can find people from every corner of the world. I know there is a really important community of Otavalos (indigenous nationality from Ecuador) who have lots of acient medical practices. I think everything has to do with changing and questioning etnocentrism, wich means believing that occidental knowledge is the only one that works. If we beging to listen other knowledges not as magic or superstition, but from a formal point of view, we will be amazed. I am sure Santa will love to teach girls from the US how to become a birth assistant.

There is an iniciative of our goverment for intercultural health in public hospitals in big cities such as Quito and Guayaquil (which are closer to the US than to the "wild" jungle). Many of my friends have given birth standing up, with the help of a partera (such as Santa), drinking the waters made out of the medical plants and so on... inside a hospital. Mixing knowledges and learning form each other can truly make a difference for more human births. (sorry for my english, is quite a huge challenge for me!)