Con Madre

Con Madre highlights the importance of midwifery care in one of the most dangerous countries in Central America to give birth, Guatemala. The film follows Erika and Dora Mariá, students training to be the first university-level midwives, parteras, as they return to their rural, Indigenous communities. Once there, Erika and Dora María train under the mentorship of traditional midwives, comadronas to continue their culture’s traditional practices of birth and natural medicine, while also incorporating new skills and training. Erika, who is pregnant, also plans a home birth under the guidance of her comadrona, Azucena, a powerful leader in her community, and with the help of her fellow midwives at school, including Dora María.