Carmen as a Partera (midwife) and her fellow Yachaks (shamen) were treated with skepticism and often a total lack of respect for years by Western medicine.
Being successful with their results, Carmen, other parteras and yachaks in the area continued to practice, learn and also teach to anyone interested in learning their natural medicine practices.
Today, Carmen belongs to a group of respected indigenous midwives who share their knowledge through published books, seminars, training programs and even tourism. She knows that as more people understand how natural medicine works, it will become normalized, which is better for the mothers, babies and families over all.
The Red Cross has even paid for a birthing hut to be built on her property, which is also home to one of the largest organic herb gardens in South America.