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  • Spotlight: Magdala Jude, Mobile Clinic Midwife, Shares Her Story
    Haiti touching her hand to her heart Too many women are dying in birth My cousin died because of eclampsia a high blood pressure complication of pregnancy which if left untreated can result in maternal as well as fetal death It is one of the most common causes of pregnancy related mortality in Haiti Her family would not take her to the hospital because they thought her sickness was caused by the devil Voodoo beliefs are still prevalent in Haitan society Can you explain your typical day in the mobile clinic The pink jeep takes Philomene another MFH graduate and myself to one of several communities outside of Hinche We visit each community once a month The women have gathered before we arrive First we welcome them and explain that we are midwives and want to help them have healthy families and safe births for anyone who is new Then we give an educational talk It can be about nutrition cholera hygiene signs of pregnancy concerns breastfeeding or family planning Clinic then begins We make a chart on every woman including her name age religion past medical and surgical history as well as information about her past pregnancies We ask about her last menses and after examining her help her determine her due date We check her vital signs and size and presentation of her baby If we find any problems we encourage her to go to the hospital The woman gets her vitamins and in her second and third trimesters she gets deworming and anti malarial treatment How do the women in the communities respond to your visits The women treat us in many different ways Sometimes they are worried or suspicious Sometimes they do not want to be pregnant They are afraid or angry We work hard to make them feel safe We laugh and we welcome them We hug them and ALWAYS first and most important we love them We keep coming back so they can learn to trust us Just at this morning s clinic a woman thought she was sick but found out that she was pregnant She already had a small baby She cried and felt overwhelmed We gave her hugs and said that we would help her have a healthy second baby and then we could help with advice on family planning I know she felt our love and understanding Can you tell of a special memory from your work in the mobile clinics Magdala pauses and reaches out to hold my hand May I tell my own story for it is the reason I strongly wanted to be a midwife I nod and she continues When I had my first pregnancy I had pre eclampsia early blood pressure concerns so I had to have a cesarean section As soon as I was pregnant with my second child I prayed that I might have a vaginal birth There were no doctors or midwives to deliver babies in Hinche In my 7 th month

    Original URL path: https://www.midwivesforhaiti.org/easyblog/entry/spotlight-magdala-jude.html (2016-04-29)
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  • "Welcome to the Sisterhood of Midwives!"
    be your instructors and teachers I wondered Maybe it is not important for me to come here it would be better to send the travel money to the Midwives for Haiti organization But I want to share with you the answer that I found to this question First it is very important for me to come to Haiti and work with you student midwives because this work nourishes my heart I come here because I hope for this project to become a true collaboration between Haitian people and Americans We bring medical knowledge and supplies financial support and administrative skills But you teach me many things too I learn from the Haitian people about patience and endurance and about relying always on God and each other for help So I come here not only to teach but also to learn I also come here because I believe that being a midwife is a spiritual calling When we take this job it is a responsibility to care for women and babies at their most delicate time And if we have this responsibility it is not only toward the women in our own towns and countries We are responsible to help care for all women and to help protect them as best we can through their childbearing time So even though I am an American midwife I am a midwife first And the women of Haiti need more midwives So I come here to help you fill that need This week we begin with the most basic things about being a midwife The things we discuss will be very simple but they are also the most important Just like the stones that we put down to build a house these ides are the foundation that will support everything else that you learn in the program You will learn many skills and have a lot of knowledge about pregnancy and birth and health care when you graduate But if you fail to learn these first principles you will not be a true midwife 1 Love This is the guide that you must have in your heart when you do this work You must have love guide you as you care for women and their babies Love will cause you to speak kindly to all women rich or poor a pastor s wife or a prostitute When you are very tired and want to sleep love will help you stay awake to help a woman who is afraid and in pain Love will help you get out of bed and report to work on time to help your sister midwife when she is done her work and needs to go home If you act out of love you will not fail as a midwife 2 Respect is the little sister of Love and it is the other side of the coin that you must carry in your pocket always Respect will cause you to not only to speak kindly to a woman but to

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  • of equipment and medications and a group of American and Haitian midwives dedicated to saving the lives of women and infants here on Haiti s Central Plateau The distance between the tiny three room house in Savanne Halein to which we are driving and the Midwives For Haiti headquarters in Hinche is only a few miles But the drive into the countryside over what can only charitably called roads through a stream that is a raging river in the rainy season feels one hundred miles and one hundred years long The landscape is beautiful but the beauty is misleading for it masks the reality in this area with the worst maternal infant and mortality in children younger than five in the entire Western Hemisphere We in the passenger cage on the back of the vehicle don t even have to hold on as we drop into ruts and bounce over rocks on the way to the dot on the map that is Savanne Halein for we are crammed in so tightly against each other with most of the equipment that will become a clinic strapped onto the roof and what doesn t fit there jammed against our feet There is no clinic waiting for us under the hot morning sun just a tiny empty three room concrete house a few stray dogs and roosters and a line of pregnant women and young mothers with infants already waiting And within less than 30 minutes tables are covered with medical forms test strips for urine and blood medical records and blood pressure cuffs three beds in one tiny room are covered with clean sheets benches are lined up for seating and a combination prenatal and maternity clinic is open for business The waiting women take numbers and uncomplainingly sit in the heat

    Original URL path: https://www.midwivesforhaiti.org/easyblog/entry/mobile-clinic-through-the-eyes-of-pulitzer-winning-journalist-photos.html?tmpl=component&print=1&format=print (2016-04-29)
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  • You Might be Working for Midwives For Haiti If....
    feels like being stuck in an issue of National Geographic You wear a size 10 and are the fattest woman in town You are also the hottest woman in town and all women wish they were as fat as you You are exposed to TB and Hepatitis in less than five minutes You see a truck going down the road with seven bleating goats tied upside down You start a mental list entitled Things I Have Seen On a Motorcycle in Haiti and it includes A Family of Four a live pig and a goat If you are cuddling a little kid at a feeding center whom you realize is soaked in pee and then you realize that s okay Your favorite perfume is Eau de DEET You order rum and coke and you get a bottle of rum and a bottle of coke You Might Be Working for Midwives for Haiti If A set of clean sea foam green scrubs size small is not only a Hot Commodity that you can trade for beers or favors at the house but Very Nice Business Attire for the day Every day You get a blood pressure of 220 130 on a clinic patient who thinks you are crazy for being VERY concerned She also tells you that taking her diuretic is not convenient because it makes her pee all the time when she rides the Tap Tap Everyone is reminded to start their day with 1000mcg of misoprostol in their pocket You have to step over a stray brown dog in the doorway of Labor and Delivery All of the dogs look the same and you think they must have come from the original Adam and Eve of dogs Colleagues come in from the hospital night shift report a set of

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  • Haiti's Heroes by Wendy Dotson, CNM
    single mom who learned great English while living in the US as a kid When her parents died she was deported back to Haiti may never have been legal it seems She works hard to support her children a boy who is 8 a daughter who is 4 and now an unexpected new daughter Shirley found this baby girl in the garbage lot outside her apartment in Port au Prince last fall She tells it very matter of factly that one night she went out to empty her trash and heard a baby crying in the dark Knowing the sound of a newborn cry quite well she sees babies born every 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

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