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November 23, 2021 46 min

Vanessa Caldari founded Mujeres Ayudando Madres because she I realized that midwifery care, especially in Puerto Rico, was really for people with access to the finances and the education to have that care. She didn't want midwifery care to be a privilege, so she did something about it.

Vanessa Caldari is the founder of Mujeres Ayudando Madres, a nonprofit in Puerto Rico that supports birthing people from gestation to parenthood and helps them make informed birthing decisions.

Today's episode is hosted by Leslie deRosset, implementation specialist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she works on maternal health child projects housed at Gillings School of Global Public Health.

Learn more about us, explore our resource center and find support for all maternal health professionals at

Maternal Health Innovation is a product of the Maternal Health Learning and Innovation Center and is produced by Earfluence.

Music provided by Graham Makes.

This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U7CMC33636 State Maternal Health Innovation Support and Implementation Program Cooperative Agreement. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS, or the U.S. Government.

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