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The Last Partera

In the rural Costa Rican village of Tres Equis, Doña Miriam Elizondo has delivered more than 2,000 babies. At 96 years old, she is the last living partera (traditional midwife) in the Turrialba Valley. Now, along with American nurse-midwife Rebecca Turecky, a new generation of Costa Rican women are fighting for their right to choose how they give birth. “The Last Partera” is a documentary film that celebrates Doña Miriam's legacy while revealing the challenges of preserving midwifery in a society where standardized healthcare undermines women’s autonomy. Illuminating the wisdom, beauty, and care at the heart of traditional midwifery, Turecky joins directors Victoria Bouloubasis and Ned Phillips to present clips of the “The Last Partera” and share lessons they have learned about the universal fight for woman-centered maternity care.

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