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This presentation will discuss the impact of the Intercultural Community Dialogues initiative implemented by Management Sciences for Health and the Mexico National Safe Motherhood Committee . The methodology, previously validated among indigenous communities in Bolivia, was replicated in April 2018 in Acatepec, Guerrero, in a state hospital that offers maternity health services. Launched through five focus groups composed of diverse local midwifery stakeholders, a series of facilitated dialogues were held, resulting in commitments to: integrate traditional and professional midwives into the health team; develop standard protocols for maternity care that incorporate midwifery and intercultural health services; and increase demand and access to facility-based care for the community. As of October 2018, the hospital’s director has implemented concrete changes that reflect these commitments and that recognize the importance and role of indigenous midwives, put the mother at the center of labor and delivery, and ultimately increase respectful maternity care.