WHY DOES OAXACA NEED A CHRISTIAN BIRTH CENTER?
Many thousands of people in Oaxaca remain isolated from medical care, and even those who have access to government-staffed clinics often receive inadequate care. Women giving birth within the government medical system are often subjected to trauma through complete isolation from friends and loved ones, racial prejudice, over-crowded conditions, and highly interventionist obstetric policies.
There are 19,000 births still taking place annually in Oaxaca outside of health centers and hospitals. What is lacking is a Christian approach to pregnancy and childbirth. Casa Compasiva will not just replace the medical approach of the local hospitals, but will honour God as the Creator and Sustainer of our bodies. It will model the love of Christ in the context of loving and receiving little children. It will demonstrate how the Good Shepherd ‘gently leads those that are with young.’ It will provide biblical education and resources not just for pregnancy and childbirth- but also for marriage and parenting. The gospel will be presented both ‘overtly’ and ‘covertly’ – both in word and in deed.
Casa Compasiva works to provide a safe, natural birth environment that is respectful of the Oaxacan people while utilizing essential midwifery and medical knowledge to provide quality care and to save lives.