She Worried Her Doctors Wouldn’t Understand Her During Childbirth. They Didn’t. But The Translator Did.

A baby wasn’t in the plans when Beatriz Navarro immigrated to the U.S.

In January, Navarro arrived in Colorado from Mexico “to work and to learn English.” She felt something move in her abdomen soon afterward. A visit to the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora confirmed her suspicion.

She was already five months pregnant.

Navarro doesn’t speak English, so she immediately worried what it would be like to have a child in the U.S. Her hospital, however, was ready with a suite of options to help Spanish-speaking patients: in-person interpreters, phone services and a new state-of-the-art video interpretation line. It allowed her to communicate with her doctors through the rest of her pregnancy.

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