Ximena Rojas, Licenciada Enfermeria y Obstetricia UNAM/Partera

Ximena Rojas, Licenciada Enfermeria y Obstetricia UNAM/Partera

Director of Access & Equity
Director of Professional Development

Woman, Mother, Midwife by training and family heritage, Ximena studied nursing and obstetrics at UNAM, where she pioneered a student exchange with the University of Utah in Salt Lake City providing health care at their Mexican Consulate, and assisting at approximately 350 deliveries in maternal-child hospitals. In 2010 she began attending home births in Mexico City. She trained in Sierra de Puebla and Veracruz with traditional Parteras Dolores and Amalia, teachers with more than 40 years experience, where she learned her ancestral midwifery, curar and sobar, and the use of traditional plants and temazcal baths. She then moved to Baja California in 2013 where she studied sex education and created the Itinerant Workshop of Preparation for Doulas in order to provide more guardians of birth. The Hüfi College of Doulas and Midwives grew out of that, as she began giving online classes to make midwifery education accessible to more women throughout Latin America. Along with her midwifery partner Bianca Tema Mercado, Partera, CPM of the U.S., she works with migrant refugees from Haiti and other countries providing nacimientos respetados, respectful birth, on the border. 

Ximena served as Secretary of the Mexican Association of Midwives (AMP), where she promoted traditional midwifery within the AMP council. She is currently a member of the Minnesota Midwives Guild (MMG), and a member of the Colombian Association of Midwives, Katoni Pirú, teaches midwifery theory clases online, and is pursuing her CPM through the National College of Midwifery in New Mexico in order to become licensed in the United States. Ximena is a committed advocate of the preservation of ancestral medicine and traditional midwifery. Her philosophy of birth is: Pregnancy, delivery, postpartum, and breastfeeding are sexual acts, where instinct and intimacy must be facilitated with respect. "The ceremony of giving birth and being born weaves each family together with their story of love".

 

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