Meet the Midwives

 

 

 

 
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Hannah Deriemaeker:

Professional and Licensed Midwife

Languages: Fluent Dutch, Spanish, English, Basic French

Hannah is a passionate certified midwife from Belgium who lost her heart in Guatemala. In 2011, she finalised her training by working for several months in the labor and delivery ward in Nyakibale, Uganda. After this intense experience, she worked for several years as the medical director of a Belgian/Guatemalan NGO (Vivir en Amor) located in a remote village in the mountains of Huehuetenango. Here she specialised in attending birth at home and attending obstetrical emergencies in remote and low resource settings. She worked side by side with traditional Guatemalan midwives and developed a deep and unique sense of what it truly means to be a midwife. Hannah was taught by traditional midwives on how to use herbal medicine during and after pregnancy, the use of the temazcal (Mayan sauna), and traditional Maya abdominal massage.

In 2016 she started working in a clinic in Rio Dulce but was called to Lago Atitlan to start attending births at home from the expat community. After attending several home births at the Lake, she became pregnant and delivered her beautiful son at home at the shores of the lake in early 2017.

Hannah is part of the Belgian Board of Directors of Vivir en Amor and is in the process of creating a Guatemalan NGO called K Aslemal (Life) with the traditional midwives of San Marcos La Laguna.

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Mallory Betz

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Certified Nurse Midwife

Languages: Fluent English and Spanish

Mallory is a nurse midwife and women's health nurse practitioner from Bainbridge Island, Washington, USA. She always finds her way back to Central America somehow, this time by the call of working with indigenous Guatemalan midwives.

She received her undergraduate degree at the University of Washington and her graduate nursing and midwifery studies at Seattle University. After college, she spent two years living in Mexico, where she fell in love with midwifery and birth thanks to her experience working at CASA maternity hospital in San Miguel de Allende. She wandered down to Guatemala in June of 2017 after working for five years in a hospital-based OB-GYN/midwifery practice in Seattle. Her US-based practice included full-scope midwifery care, surgical first-assisting in cesarean deliveries, and contraceptive and gynecological care.

Mallory spent a year living and working in rural Guatemala with the indigenous Maya midwives of ACAM (Asociación de Comadronas del Area Mam) in Concepción Chiquirichapa, Quetzaltenango, where she served as a clinical midwifery instructor and international project coordinator. She is trained in obstetric ultrasound and helped to pilot the cervical cancer detection program at ACAM. She received the American College of Nurse Midwives' Raisler International Midwifery Award for her work at ACAM.

She and Hannah found each other through a mutual friend and sparks flew from the first time they sat down to coffee. She is thrilled to be providing home birth services to the Lake Atitlan community and continues her work empowering the indigenous midwifery community in Guatemala. To learn more about her work in Guatemala, please see her blog linked below.

From November 2018 - April 2019, Mallory will be working in the United States and will be not present with us in Guatemala during that time!