What was the defining moment that led you to this innovation?
The story that made me think of this idea goes back basically to my teenage years, I was the eldest daughter of four children of a family of low socioeconomic status, with a stable education and training through the discipline and affection of her parents, but that lack of management in the adolescence, I made "mistakes" in my life as a woman, I got "pregnant" at 16 years from a child like me, 15 years old, and with great frustration, however I had unconditional support from my parents I made it out of "trouble" because of inadequate medication from a general practitioner the life of my first baby was in danger, obviously, not to mention guilt, the stigma of society then generated family problems that almost dissolve it, from there the issue of motherhood caused me great frustration and doubt, over time at 29 years I try, without intention and without awareness (because let's be honest, 95% of the population are children not planned) and listless start in the middle of academic and employment challenges my new "pregnancy", working in one of the programs designed for pregnant population stratum 6 (the highest in my country) and because a misunderstanding, they fired me at 7 months pregnant, for no reason, no compensation and without any consideration, so my life begins with maternal anxiety about my future, academic performance and work. Finally at 36 weeks and a wrong indication of the general practitioner (because at that point I had not seen any OB!), On October 31, 2006 my baby died, and that's what in a clinic is called a "fetal Ovìt" My life is destroyed and again I have frustrations on the issue, they let me in the hospital for about 48 hours in a cold room, dark and lonely (the couple can not go why?? I did not know but wondered ...) with my grief and feeling inconsolable until the Pitocin kicked in I can dilate up to 10 cm, and without any psychological support through natural birth I gave birth to a dead baby, now I know more about it , could have lived like any other without any alteration. In addition and without any remorse EPS denied me the possibility of my maternity leave, because supposedly there was "living product" as well?? I was producing things?? Then finish no job, no money, no family and most importantly no child again ...
So in the midst of my situation as I prepare to adverse observe and investigate in more detail the situation of women "pregnant" in Colombia and concluded that if it really is embarrassing, angry, sad, frustrating, have a condition as beautiful as it is being a mother . However, after a year of study and analysis of the conditions offered by the health care system for pregnant women in Bogota and then to organize my life and finally I'm expecting a new baby, with all the care needed and that my view of my profession, physiotherapy, give birth to a beautiful baby, then Ariadne and my other two children (dead, Angel and Antonia) become a reason to consolidate this idea.
Tell us about the social innovator behind this idea.
Well it would be unfair to say that it is only one person who came up with this idea, we are a group of health, sports and human sciences professionals (physical educator, sociologist and Physiotherapist), since our interest for expectant mothers and by the redefinition of pregnancy as a biological process that has several facets to integrate, we started the idea of LUNA Gestante.
But if we were talking about my biography, I could say I'm Muñoz Monroy Eliana Sophia, eldest daughter of a low income family of four children, a daughter of a professor of mathematics and physics and a woman potter, with a good projection since despite being poor, I could study without a hitch, which generated a huge interest in the academia, I become a physiotherapist from the National University of Colombia, one of the most recognized in my country and with strong elements of culture and social problems facing my community (the focus of the alma mater), my interest in physical activity and exercise back in my childhood when my father especially focuses on the benefits of it over my health, hence the motivation for physiotherapy together by a sense of service to others, in 2001 completed my undergraduate and in 2005 started the MBA, for my story (above) I realize that one of the solutions to health problems and especially the pregnant population is generated from the way they manage resources and health services, since that's where you can start "to untangle the knot, however, much remained to be done, so from 2006 is possible my association as a teacher from several universities (National University, Corporación Universitaria Iberoamericana and Colombian School of Rehabilitation) to start the training of new young professionals in the area of maternal health, which currently I practice with great satisfaction.
Making a summary of my professional work basically could list the work sites including sports medical centers world wide recognition and EPS, with the help of the National University of Colombia finished the business plan that consolidates more material to our proposal and Corporación Universitaria Iberoamericana we are negotiating for diploma courses in obstetrics to occupational physical activity and health. Also we have a small "office" where we serve pregnant women, we are currently in the process of registration in the Chamber of Commerce.
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