(A few useful links: Please send suggestions for more.)

The author's doula website: www.doulajudy.com

Midwifery Schools

http://www.nuevelunas.org.mx (Spanish)
Birth center and midwifery school (Luna Llena) in Oaxaca. The organization works to promote the concept of humanized birth.

http://www.lunamaya.org (Spanish)
Birth center and midwifery school in Chiapas. Offers a wide range of workshops for pregnant women and for midwives and doulas.

Midwifery school in Morelos.

http://www.casa.org.mx/reconocen-internacionalmente-a-la-nueva-escuela-de-parteria/ (Spanish)
History of the midwifery school in Guerrerro (on CASA’s website).


http://www.partolibremexico.org/ (Spanish)
Non-profit organization that works to promote a culture of birth in Mexico that gives respectful and evidenced care.
The mission of the Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS) is to work with the birth and breastfeeding community and our members by encouraging and promoting evidence-based, Mother-and-Baby-Friendly maternity care.

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