“First I didn’t want to be a midwife but I always had been interested in being a nurse or something related to healing and, I don’t know, with helping my town in the future.”
Elena is 32 years old, she is from San Lorenzo, Chiapas, México. Her family is from Guatemala, her first languaje is Chuj, and she learned K’anjobal with her neighbors, two of the indigenous languages spoken in Chiapas.
“Since my dad was a health comunity worker, my grandfather was a very good and recognized traditional healer, and some of my relatives are midwives, I decided to go on and study midwifery to see what would happen. As soon as I arrived in CASA (midwifery school) I liked everything, everything was interesting to me, I enjoyed all the classes and that’s how I started to fall in love with midwifery.”
“The biggest learning experience in my life was the birth of Dianita, my daughter, this was more than five years ago. I don’t know but I feel that until you experience the process, you don’t know on the same level how to treat a women; it’s not until you’ve experienced that need of love and support yourself, that the interest in becoming a better helper for a woman allows you to provide better support each time.”
Elena has great experience working as a profesional midwife in hospitals, as well as in communities accompanying births at home. She joined the team of Mujeres Aliadas last October. “For me accompanying births is my priority, from preparing the woman, giving her support, listening to her, observing her, and also after birth, being there for when she needs me… There was one year that I didn’t attend births and, I’m not lying, every night I dreamt that I was birthing, the pain, the sweet, every night it was the same thing; It was like a need I had for births and, well, I trust my dreams and being a midwife is my dream.”
Elena Pascual Gómez