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The POWHER School

Transforming Care Provided by Guatemalan Traditional Birth Attendants

Callister, Lynn Clark PhD, RN, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: September/October 2019 - Volume 44 - Issue 5 - p 299
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000555
ONGOING COLUMNS: Global Health and Nursing

Our global health and nursing expert, Dr. Callister, discusses the School of POWHER (Providing Outreach in Women's Health and Educational Resources) that was founded in Sololá in the western highlands of Guatemala in 2011 to help train traditional birth attendants for safe maternity care. Respect for culture and local customs are important aspects of this successful program.

Lynn Clark Callister is a Professor Emerita, College of Nursing, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT, and an Editorial Board Member of MCN. Dr. Callister can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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