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Midwives from Guatemala


A team of 4 women with 4 different paths to professional midwifery. Each one with different personalities  and different interests, which makes our team very diverse. In this section, learn more about the midwives who are working in Guatemala for a world free of obstetric violence and for each woman to have the best childbirth experience she can have.

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Hannah Freiwald

Founder & Pioneer of professional midwifery in Guatemala

Hannah was born in Germany in 1966 and has lived in Guatemala since 1988. In 1989 Hannah gave birth to her first daughter, Cristina, in a cesarean section caused by a chain of unnecessary medical interventions and from there she decided that she never wanted to go through another experience like this. She decided with her next daughter to give birth with a traditional midwife at home. Giving birth to her second daughter, Elena, and through the beautiful experience of a natural birth at home, she discovered her calling: To make sure that no woman went through the obstetric violence she experienced in Guatemala when giving birth to her first daughter. She had her third child, Joachim, at home as well and in 1995 she studied professional midwifery at Maternidad La Luz, El Paso Texas.
In 1997 she gave birth to  her last daughter, Diana. And she began to work per the model of professional midwifery with women in Guatemala. She has founded several birthing centers in Guatemala. In order of time: Ixmucane, Centro de Parto Natural, Asociación Manos Abiertas (still running), Centro de Parto Natural Ixchel  and Parto Natural Guatemala. In 2020 he graduated with honors -Cum Laude-, in Clinical Psychology.

Her passions, in addition to guiding women through natural childbirth, include horses, her pets, books, and gardening.

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Diana S. Freiwald

Midwife, prenatal instructor & placenta medicine specialist

Born in 1997 in a home birth in Guatemala, Diana grew up with professional midwifery and from a very young age discovered her calling to pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care. He began hier training accompanying Hannah to prenatal appointments and at the age of 8 he observed her first birth and the fascination was incomparable. From there, she wanted to know everything about women's health and the birth process. At age 14, she attended her first birth (under supervision), and at age 17, after graduating from high school, she made a full-time commitment to learning the profession of professional midwifery and placental medicine. In addition to her learning and empirical experience, she complemented her career with independent courses in maternal health and neonatal health by different universities and international organizations. By 2022, she had accompanied more than 250 families in their pregnancy and childbirth process. 

In 2019 she gave birth to her first child in a long and hard labor at the Ixchel Natural Birth Center and in 2021 she gave birth to her second child (accidentally) without health care at home. Becoming a mother gave her a new perspective on motherhood and her passion for midwifery grew even more.

Her passions also include cooking, traveling, and discovering the world with her family.

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Cristina Recinos

Professional midwife trained in Germany

Cristina was born in 1989 in Guatemala and her interest in professional midwifery began at the age of 9 when she saw her mother give birth to her younger sister at home. After finishing high school, she traveled to Germany to learn the language and obtain higher education.  She decided to study professional midwifery under the German model, a career that lasted 3 years. Until 2021 it has accompanied around  200 families approx. in their gestation and delivery processes both in Germany and in Guatemala. Her main focus is on ensuring a healthy delivery and postpartum starting at the gestation period.

Other interests of her include travel, art, and animals.

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Maria Bocel

Professional Midwife

Mary gave birth to her first child in a government hospital in 2007, suffering obstetric violence. In 2011 she became part of Asociación Manos Abiertas team as the clinic's maintenance manager and little by little she began to venture into the world of midwifery.  Finding her passion in women's health she decided to study nursing (graduated 2017) to accompany her apprenticeship as a midwife under the teaching of Hannah and Diana. Until 2021, Mary has accompanied thousands of women in their sexual and reproductive health and has attended approximately 100 births. Mary has just given birth to her second baby in Asociación Manos Abiertas, in a beautiful and respected delivery like the ones she attends in this birthing center.

Her other interests include spending time with her family and going on  hikes in her hometown of San Pedro Yepocapa.

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