Elective Rotation: Marie Stopes Mexico City
Location: Marie Stopes Clinica Roma, Mexico City
I spent one very busy, fun, and educationally rich week at the Marie Stopes clinic in Colonia Roma in Mexico City. Marie Stopes is a reproductive health organization based in the UK that is a major actor in providing safe and legal access to abortions worldwide. The Roma clinic is Mexico City’s most busy Marie Stopes clinics, providing literally thousands of first-trimester abortions per year, as well as family planning counseling and contraceptive methods, to women (and men) from Mexico City and further afield in Mexico. The organization has a strong commitment to training, and as a result I benefited from the personal attention of a well-trained, experienced physician who supervised me as I learned the "Marie Stopes method" of manual aspiration. The clinic has a wonderful sense of shared purpose and it was great fun getting to know the doctors, nurses, adminstrators, and support staff. It was also a very valuable language immersion experience, as I had to get used to understanding the very rapid chilango speaking style.