Yesenia Guzman

Yesenia Guzman

Yesenia came to midwifery through her own experience of pregnancy and birth. Her daughter, Azucena Citlali, was born at home with a midwife. Throughout her pregnancy she read incredible stories about the work midwives do and felt deeply inspired. Her powerful birth solidified the calling. She spent the next few years learning to be a Mama and getting her prerequisites.

She graduated from Bastyr University in 2013 with a Master of Science in Midwifery, having done her thesis on Implementing Inclusion of Certified Professional Midwives as National Health Service Corps Providers. This federal organization exchanges scholarship money or loan repayment for service in areas that need health care providers. Bastyr University, a natural medicine school, offers the only regionally accredited Master’s degree for direct- entry midwifery in the nation. She balances this scientific education with ancestral and intuitive knowledge and a respect for informed choice. Currently based in San Antonio, Yesenia hosts a sweat lodge at her home, is active in American Indians of Texas as well as volunteering and providing care for the Yanawana Herbolarios Womxn’s Clinic (a free, botanically based health clinic specific to womxn’s health issues). In addition, she served on the Midwives Alliance of North America Student Visioning Committee and is a member of their Midwives of Color Section.

Midwifery is a vehicle to bring positive change into the world. In order for that to happen, we need midwives who are as diverse and the people they hope to serve. Her commitment to the Student Section of MANA is to help nurture the future of our profession. In precepting midwifery students she has strived to be compassionate and exacting to graduate capable midwives who will be a credit to the communities they serve.

In her free time, you may find her walking with her pup, Yoliliztli aka Yoli, reading, doing crossword puzzles or enjoying good food and company. If she is off-call, chances are she is traveling the world to gain different perspectives on life.