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  • Tribute to My Daughter Carrie
    has a story for me and perhaps for you It began at 11 04 on Saturday morning September 5 not even a week ago As the father of such an extraordinary young woman I am humbled by her life to live fully deeply with discipline and courage and a heart to live out what matters in life I am also unspeakably sad and carry the visceral pain that any parent with a child whom they ve just lost would feel There is no escaping this it is ever present and I can t flee it It brings with it an intrinsic fear that it will be unending But this too is part of her story for me and for some of you It is a pain we parents always shudder at and fear But at the same time I am inspired and feel joy and peace having recently learned so many wonderful things from many of you of the young woman I sometimes barely knew We as parents think we know so much and think we can control so much indeed our children let us in on what they want us to know She was creating and living her own life as a young adult She was constantly searching and seeking for ways to serve God and others and it permeated her thoughts as we ve recently learned from her diaries So even this pain is part of her story to me for without such pain little growth will happen Indeed it will surely lessen with time it will change and it will even blossom into a fresh and joyful perspective on this otherwise unbearable tragedy This story Carrie s story for me and for some of us as it is even unfolding this week includes service determination and persistence and humility with a spirit to seek after God Three simple chapters All teaching chapters each with a fresh page being turned before my eyes each day as designed by God for me and for you Some years ago while seeking to find an opportunity to serve during her spring break she showed me a rather blurred photo of a group of boys in Haiti Dad she says this orphanage might need me Carrie I said I can t believe it but I think the tall guy in the photo is a patient of mine Harry and he s been trying to get me to go to Haiti to do eye projects but I ve never been interested A bit later Dad that is Harry in the photo YOU HAVE TO GO And said with the clarity that only a determined redhead could have said it And so it was an undeniable providential moment and off we went a couple of months later on an an eye project to Haiti and before my eyes I watched a young woman inspire me to serve And this was just the beginning of her ongoing lesson to me in chapter one service Trips

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  • Spotlight: New Staff at Hospital Ste. Therese, Guillet Enelus
    to this blog post Print Bookmark Spotlight New Staff at Hospital Ste Therese Guillet Enelus Thursday 17 September 2015 Midwives For Haiti From Our Staff 887 Hits To ensure access to 24 7 maternity care at Hospital Ste Therese the public referral hospital in the Central Plateau of Haiti Midwives For Haiti recently hired two new staff members taking our total paid staff at the hospital to 16 The following interview is with Guillet Enelus skilled attendant and graduate of our training program Guillet what does it mean to be a midwife in Haiti In Haiti when you say someone is a midwife that comes with a great responsibility In helping to give life midwives are called to help pregnant women and babies Midwives should always be there for their patients in good times and in bad times What is your greatest hope My greatest hope is that I will never become discouraged with any patient whether rich or poor I hope I can give them the help and care that they need What are you hoping for in your new job With my new job I hope that I can be a good midwife for all patients and that I ll collaborate well with the other midwives I owe them respect and they owe me respect too Guillet s annual salary of 4160 was generously sponsored by ACNM affiliate North Carolina nurse midwives To sponsor all or part of a salary please contact Summer at saronson midwivesforhaiti org 0 Tags newborn midwife maternal health hospital haiti Spotlight Adeline Timay Class 8 SBA Student Tribute to My Daughter Carrie About the author Midwives For Haiti http midwivesforhaiti org View author s profile More posts from author Midwives For Haiti Recent posts 19 April 2016 The Spirit Of A Midwife 18

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  • Spotlight: Adeline Timay, Class 8 SBA Student
    Midwives For Haiti News from Haiti 1235 Hits The lovelyAdeline Timoy one of 30 students in our new Class 8 recently shared a bit more about herself and her path to our program Highlighting these amazing women and men the future change makers of maternal and infant health in Haiti is one of our greatest joys Where are you from I come from Dèsarmes in the Verrettes commune near St Marc What were you doing before you started class at Midwives for Haiti I knew how to do births in the community where I lived The clinic didn t do deliveries anymore but we had a little building where we always did births I worked with Breath of Life Haiti Why did you come to the class at Midwives for Haiti I wanted to get more experience in the domain of childbirth and midwifery What do you like about the class so far I like that it is already increasing my knowledge and understanding I like that the program is giving me more capacity to do good work in my community What are you going to do when you finish here After I finish I will go work in the Dèsarmes community The n if there is urgent need for midwives in other more remote areas I will go with a mobile clinic When did you decide to become a midwife I decided when there was a complication with a woman in labor with twins I realized I needed more knowledge and skill to handle that kind of birth 0 Tags midwives maternal health haiti birth nurse Rest In Peace Carrie We love you Spotlight New Staff at Hospital Ste Therese Gui About the author Midwives For Haiti http midwivesforhaiti org View author s profile More posts from author Midwives

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  • birth
    work day with us in maternity she located this little baby in the debris and took her home The infant was only hours old and still attached to the placenta She cleaned her up cut her cord dressed her got her some formula and adopted her The baby is now 7 months old and walking She will eventually go to a good school just like her siblings Most Sunday nights Shirley rides a tap tap an open bus or truck with people sitting on benches from Port au Prince to Hinche a 2 5 hour ride to do this job translating Creole English for volunteers who are teaching at the hospital During the work week she stays in Hinche with a friend and others look after her kids so she can earn a living She arrives on time pays attention and helps Midwives for Haiti in any way she can all day long On Friday evening she takes the tap tap home For Haitian economics this is a pretty decent gig it enables her kids to have food clothes and go to school Quite often she also goes back with cute clothes and shoes for her kids formula for the baby and some extra money we love Shirley and try to help her She s one of my heroes From the blog of Wendy Dotson longtime volunteer and friend of Midwives For Haiti Tags haiti mothers hope birth infant 0 Continue reading 1770 Hits 0 Comments Sep 23 Why Skilled Birth Attendants Matter by Nadene Brunk Midwives For Haiti Uncategorized I ve been working in Haiti for about a decade to reduce maternal and infant mortality by increasing access to skilled maternity care Skilled attendance is a proven intervention to reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths In Haiti only about 25 of women have access to a skilled attendant during their delivery Many don t have access to prenatal or postpartum care both of which are so important to reduce complications and ensure safe motherhood and a healthy beginning for newborns Childbirth anywhere in the world will always pose a risk Prenatal and postpartum care and delivering with a skilled birth attendant mitigates that risk But there are complications that can arise with even the healthiest mothers who have had the best prenatal care 10 things that can happen to any woman during birth regardless of race wealth medical history or location in this world 1 The baby may not breathe on it s own after birth This happens about one percent of the time and is more frequent if the baby is premature or has been exposed to certain medications But it can happen to anyone It kills about a million babies each year in this world 2 A piece of the placenta remains in the uterus This only happens about 4 of the time but can be a cause of heavy bleeding and can happen to anyone 3 The uterus can bleed too much after birth by not contracting well on its own It is more common if a piece of the placenta remained inside but it can happen to anyone even if the placenta was completely expelled 4 The baby s shoulders can get stuck in the pelvic bones This is more common with big babies but can also happen to anyone 5 The baby s cord could prolapse or come out in front of the head It is more common when the bag of water is broken artificially but it can happen to anyone 6 You can get an infection In even the cleanest of situations there are bacteria that you can be exposed to during birth 7 The baby could be stressed by the labor and not get enough oxygen This is more common if the placenta is not healthy but can happen with even healthy placentas 8 The baby could be in a position that makes it difficult to exit the pelvis well and labor could go very long 9 The uterus could invert turn inside out while the baby is coming out It is pretty rare but sometimes happens to women who have had a lot of babies 10 The placenta could be retained and not come out at all This may be because of conditions where it grows into the wall of the uterus or just will not detach on its own for some reason These complications can happen to anyone anytime and anywhere in the world Whether one chooses to birth at home at a birth center or in a hospital having a skilled birth attendant has been proven to make the difference between life and death for mothers and babies However if you are a woman in a rural village in the 72 countries of this world and do not have a skilled attendant equipped to respond to these emergencies here s what can happen in those ten situations 1 The baby could die 2 You could bleed to death 3 You could bleed to death 4 The baby could die 5 The baby could die 6 You could die 7 The baby could die 8 Your labor could be so long you and your baby could die 9 You could bleed to death 10 You could bleed to death So every two minutes in this world a woman is dying from preventable causes related to pregnancy or childbirth 99 of these deaths occur in developing countries And the babies more die on the first day of their life than at any other time At least 114 died in the hour I wrote this the majority from preventable causes that a skilled midwife could have prevented Christy Turlington Burns is a model global maternal health advocate and founder of the maternal health organization Every Mother Counts After a perfectly normal natural birth in a state of the art birth center next to a hospital in New York she had a post partum hemorrhage PPH Her situation required rapid intervention by

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  • nurse
    already increasing my knowledge and understanding I like that the program is giving me more capacity to do good work in my community What are you going to do when you finish here After I finish I will go work in the Dèsarmes community The n if there is urgent need for midwives in other more remote areas I will go with a mobile clinic When did you decide to become a midwife I decided when there was a complication with a woman in labor with twins I realized I needed more knowledge and skill to handle that kind of birth Tags midwives maternal health haiti birth nurse 0 Continue reading 1237 Hits 0 Comments May 11 Each Day in Haiti by Emily Tinsley RN MSNed Midwives For Haiti From Our Volunteers As an experienced international educator of nurses in the developing world I began my journey with Midwives for Haiti for the first time 2 weeks ago Though I am not a midwife and my experience with mothers and infants is narrow my abiding passion remains deeply in the provision of meticulous basic nursing care and education in ambiguous environments Midwives for Haiti spoke to my passion and gave me the courage to offer my humble support My extensive experience in such environments was enough to keep me from having any expectations or personal agendas for this trip I was only certain that I would observe learn and position myself wherever and in whatever fashion that I be most helpful To my delight I was offered the opportunity to join efforts with Cindy Seigel an experienced practitioner and educator of Midwifery Though our paths had only recently crossed in brief circumstances it quickly became apparent that our connection was bound by respect and camaraderie Each and every day was filled with an abundance of memorable moments sites and personal connections Our anticipated first day of acclimation and cultural integration transformed as rapidly as one can change out of church clothes and into scrubs A rapid shift in plans came with news that several nurses had not shown up for work at the hospital Without question or debate we were headed to work Within minutes of waving farewell and thank you to our taxi drivers we were directed to the postpartum ward where an eclamptic mother lay unconscious with her limp newborn boy Mother and baby were surrounded by several worried family members earnestly waiting for anything to alter the bleak reality before them My mind instantly focused on the clinical tasks at hand and potential outcomes We did not have oxygen suction IV S or a NICU doctor readily available if at all We did however have our eyes ears hands and instincts to maneuver through the rawness of a family s devastation Skin to skin Cindy gently advised Upon bringing this infant to his mother s bare breast I searched for breath movement and even just a dribble of colostrum I remembered the family asking for all that

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  • Rest In Peace, Carrie. We love you.
    from us when she was struck by a car while riding her bike in Hanover County Virginia Carrie was 26 years old For 2 years Carrie devoted herself to our mission first as our in country volunteer coordinator and then as our Virginia based administrative assistant When she moved on to another job she did not forget about Midwives For Haiti but remained connected to us as a special advisor We continued to benefit from Carrie s intelligence ingenuity and compassion Those of us who knew Carrie find it difficult to believe she is gone But I know her contributions to the education of Haitian midwives and the care of women and babies in Haiti live on 26 years is not very long but for Carrie it was long enough to make a difference to this world Carrie was like family to us She was also sister to our Administrative Director Sci Clements pictured together in Haiti above We loved her dearly We know that many in our community knew and also loved Carrie If you d like to send cards to her family please address as follows and we will deliver The Family of Carrie Wortham c o Midwives For Haiti 7130 Glen Forest Dr Suite 101 Richmond VA 23226 You can also sign this group e card by this Friday Sept 11 and include a note and picture if you wish In lieu of gifts Carrie s family has requested donations be made in her honor to our work in Haiti If you d like to make an online donation in her memory here is the link and please write Carrie s name in the notes Yours Stephen Eads MD Friend of Carrie s Medical Director Midwives For Haiti 0 Tags haiti Carrie Wortham And they re off

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  • ...And they're off!
    all Every Mother Counts generously agreed to support our increased class size the program is free to our students Upon completion of the training program which was developed to meet World Health Organization standards students will become skilled birth attendants and ready for employment at hospitals birth center and mobile clinics throughout Haiti Several of the students already have jobs waiting for them upon graduation mostly in rural locations where their new skills are desperately needed Our new group kicked off their program with three days of orientation During this time they learned more about Midwives For Haiti our history and our mission to increase access to skilled care in Haiti and the journey they are embarking on Students met their teachers and their fellow classmates and many fast friendships have already developed Each student has a blue and white uniform for the classroom pink scrubs for their hospital work a book bag with two textbooks writing materials and a water bottle They ve also received fanny packs with fetoscopes gestational wheels measuring tapes and blood pressure cuffs the essential midwifery tools Classes have begun and due to the class size we divided the group and will be rotating them between didactic and clinical teaching It is a rigorous education program with high standards and they will have to work very hard At the core of our midwifery curriculum is not only the skills proven to save the lives of mothers and infants but providing compassionate and respectful care This education to become skilled birth attendants will challenge and inspire each woman and man in this group and we re confident that they will be forever changed by the experience These 30 students will one day become the maternal and infant health heroes for their communities and our beloved Haiti

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  • midwifery
    News from Haiti Our 30 new students in Class 8 began their 12 month intensive course in advanced obstetrics at the end of August We typically only have funding for 15 16 students a year but these 30 nurses selected from over 150 applicants were so strong and ready that we accepted them all Every Mother Counts generously agreed to support our increased class size the program is free to our students Upon completion of the training program which was developed to meet World Health Organization standards students will become skilled birth attendants and ready for employment at hospitals birth center and mobile clinics throughout Haiti Several of the students already have jobs waiting for them upon graduation mostly in rural locations where their new skills are desperately needed Our new group kicked off their program with three days of orientation During this time they learned more about Midwives For Haiti our history and our mission to increase access to skilled care in Haiti and the journey they are embarking on Students met their teachers and their fellow classmates and many fast friendships have already developed Each student has a blue and white uniform for the classroom pink scrubs for their hospital work a book bag with two textbooks writing materials and a water bottle They ve also received fanny packs with fetoscopes gestational wheels measuring tapes and blood pressure cuffs the essential midwifery tools Classes have begun and due to the class size we divided the group and will be rotating them between didactic and clinical teaching It is a rigorous education program with high standards and they will have to work very hard At the core of our midwifery curriculum is not only the skills proven to save the lives of mothers and infants but providing compassionate and

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