Midwives For Haiti educates Haitian women and men in providing prenatal care and skilled birth assistance to their fellow Haitian sisters, who all too frequently either die in childbirth or lose their new born without such assistance. Each year, Midwives For Haiti host an 11-month course taught and presented by four Haitian midwives, who are assisted by volunteer midwives from North America and Europe.
This non-profit teaches Haitian men and women the midwifery skills that make them skilled birth attendants. The World Health Organization has found that skilled birth attendants make the difference between life and death for women and their babies. Teaching takes place in central Haiti at rural clinics and a hospital. The Ministry of Health in Haiti has recognized that due to distance, transportation, and lack of information, many women do not get to medical facilities in time to save their lives. The chances of dying from childbirth in Haiti in 2010 were estimated by the WHO as 1 in 28, mostly due to pregnancy-induced-hypertension, Eclampsia, sepsis, and postnatal haemorrhage.
They work in collaboration with the Ministry of Health in Haiti, various faith-based organizations, and other groups that are working to improve the lives and health of the Haitian people.
Volunteers assist their Haitian instructors with teaching and demonstrating care for women. A typical day may include classroom teaching with a translator or working in the clinic or hospital with students while caring for labouring and delivering women.
How LIFESAVER are involved
Due to the LIFESAVER Haiti ‘Buy one Gift one’ scheme, some very kind customers of ours bought some gifted bottles and we chose to donate them to this cause. Several LIFESAVER bottles have been sent to Haiti with one of the volunteer Midwives to further the understanding about the importance of clean sterile drinking water for both mother and child.
With access to clean sterile drinking water mothers, unborn and new born babies have a greater chance of developing a stronger immunity. In addition, access to clean water can reduce the likelihood of stunted growth in babies and young children. These are just a couple of the benefits of introducing trainee midwives to LIFESAVER technology.
Information and photos courtesy of midwivesforhaiti.org