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  • infant
    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 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 mothers infant hope haiti birth 0 Continue reading 1772 Hits 0 Comments Jun 28 A Remote Prenatal Clinic Baby is Born By Alice Hirata MD Midwives For Haiti From Our Volunteers June 17 2014 A seemingly typical day is under way for the Skilled Birth Attendants SBAs trained by Midwives for Haiti Their vehicle is loaded and departs from the town of Hinche It s a specially equipped Land Cruiser able to ford streams climb steep rutted dirt roads dodge goats dogs donkeys and motorcycles as it travels over an hour to the remove community of Cerca Cavajal The SBAs bring their skills compassion and medical supplies to this prenatal clinic which will serve over a hundred women Along for the day s clinic is Brena Genise a young enthusiastic student in the 7 th Midwives for Haiti class Classes began only three months ago Today she s learning the fundamentals of the mobile prenatal clinic to bring monthly comprehensive prenatal care vitamins and necessary medications to twenty remote villages surrounding Hinche Clinic begins An SBA gives a brief informative talk to the gathered women charts are handed out blood pressures and weights obtained Brena s preceptor has her eye on a woman and she asks Brena to evaluate the lady She s due to deliver her third baby and reports passing fluid this

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  • infant health
    hear the last I am yet again surprised There is NO WAY her blood pressure is what I think it is I have to take it again I take it again and get the same reading I have never in my life even in Haiti seen a blood pressure this high I switch arms and I repeat it yet again It is indeed the same 240 140 I type those numbers and I honestly cannot wrap my mind around it If someone would have told me that there was a person with a blood pressure this high I likely would not believe it I looked her in the eye and I said to her You must go to the hospital She stared back at me expression unchanged I knew she did not understand the severity of the situation I am sure that is the venom of hypertension it is silent It does not hurt It creeps up and up and up unbeknownst to the invader silently destructing and wearing down the body from the inside I sat down beside her and my translator translated quickly as I went I looked her in the eyes just inches from her face and this time I recognize those sweet eyes They belong to that boy The 15 year old who wants to be a doctor who was half my age who was talkative and silly He belongs to her She is his mother You MUST go to the hospital right away Blood pressure this high can cause you to have a stroke can cause you to lose the baby and can kill you I know it is far I know nobody wants to go to the hospital but it is better than dying Do you understand She looked at me and nodded and I felt she truly understood I said to the Haitian midwives She needs blood pressure medication right away Do we have anything One midwife brings over some pills and before she gives them to the woman she asks her if she has had anything to eat today The woman says yes that she had a cracker this morning A cracker Nothing more I remember the snacks in my bag and I tell her that I have some peanuts in my bag Would she like some She eagerly says yes yes please I give her the peanuts brought from Alaska gifted to me from my dear friend Mary She sits there like a silent ticking time bomb quietly and happily popping honey roasted peanuts into her mouth and I wonder to myself if she and her baby will make it The writing on the tag says I do not give lectures or charity When I give I give myself Walt Whitman I wanted her so badly to ride back with us I wanted to see her arrive to the hospital safely But she insisted that she go home to tell her husband where she was going and to get the items she would need for delivery a sheet a towel a bucket baby clothes I wondered what all this truly mattered if it meant further putting her life at risk What does a baby outfit and a diaper do for a dead baby My heart sank as we loaded up I walked over to her one last time and spoke with her I want to see you and your baby healthy Please do not delay in getting to the hospital I will be looking for you She smiled and we said goodbye all of us headed down the rugged dirt road cloaked in sweat and dirt yet filled with love for this work I don t know if she made it to the hospital I don t know if she will be ok I don t know if I will ever see her again But I hope Tags haiti hope infant health maternal health mobile clinic 0 Continue reading 3451 Hits 0 Comments Jul 24 Postnatal Care Program It s Working Midwives For Haiti From Our Volunteers We launched a new Postnatal Care Program In collaboration with Haiti s Ministry of Health and Population Haiti s Kids and Rockin Baby our new Postnatal Care Program ensures that every mother who delivers at Hospital Ste There se and her baby are thoroughly evaluated before discharge given excellent education and scheduled for follow up visits in our new postnatal clinic With this new program we hope to increase the number of patients receiving postnatal care at Hospital Ste Therese from 1 to 100 Postnatal care can mean the difference between life and death for moms and babies We just finished our first full week of postnatal examinations discharge teaching for moms newborns at Hopital Ste Therese Our two hired SBAs who work on this program are Illa Philogene and Juslène Regulus Last Friday Juslene saw EIGHT moms on her own Another VERY EXCITING thing happened that day Part of the discharge teaching is a list of warning signs to return to the hospital for Some mom s can t read so Illa Juslene review the points and have the moms say each one back to them This morning we had a mom come find us knowing that we were the Post Natal team She had been discharged yesterday after a normal delivery typically sent home after 6 hours and came back today because her baby had a fever POINT 1 on the baby warning sign list We took a temp to confirm and it was 38C 100 4F axillary She was referred immediately to the pediatric emergency unit for further evaluation It worked She returned based on their care you should have seen Juslene s smile An excerpt of this post came from our staff volunteer currently living in Hinche Rebecca Barlow For more stories and updates you can check out her blog Tags birth maternal health infant health haiti midwives 0 Continue reading 5078 Hits 0 Comments May 22 Why we do

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  • lactation consultant
    I learned a lot of lessons in Haiti about how they view their newborns I didn t realize the extent of the detachment they would have from their baby which is probably their way of protecting themselves emotionally if there is a tragedy On the way to St Therese that first day when we were just going to be getting a tour I started doubting how I could be useful alongside of several experienced midwives and a highly skilled labor nurse really what in the world could an LC bring to the table I think I even said something nervously to Mary on the way in as we started the tour I was stunned when as we entered the labor and delivery area met with 4 women lying on the floor the sounds a very vocal woman delivery in the background and a small baby that was wrapped in a sheet on the floor all by itself Seeing the baby on the floor is an image burned in my mind because I honestly thought the baby was dead and discarded on the floor I have seen death in the hospital I work at it s not ever easy but the fact that the baby was on the floor alone just made my heart sink I picked up the baby and was relieved to find the baby although cold breathing and alive The baby immediately urinated all over me good sign His mother was lying across the room from him on the floor in the same sheet she delivered on 24 hours prior with an empty IV that had held magnesium and her head was cradled on her mother s lap I knelt down to put the baby against his mother to warm the baby up Through Shirley my interpreter I found out from the grandmother that while the baby had been crying all night the family had not let the baby eat because the teenage mother had been having seizures and they thought that if the baby nursed that the baby would also get seizures I told her that the baby was safe to nurse but the mother was resistant to nurse her baby because she couldn t see anything and she didn t want to sit up The grandmother was worried that her daughter was now blind After the grandmother was reassured I had her put the baby skin to skin and told her that it was important that the baby get something to eat I m positive that the grandmother thought I was crazy putting the baby skin to skin with her but I was worried about the baby I told the grandmother that she could express the mother s colostrum onto a spoon and given to the baby I explained how life giving the colostrum was and how she needed to help her daughter by expressing the daughter s colostrum and spoon feeding the baby every hour I followed up on the mother the next day The

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  • mosquito
    I knew I was going I made sure I took every effort to protect myself from mosquitoes I decided to take enough scrubs to cover the days I would be there so I would have something long to wear I treated most of my clothes with Permethrin and packed them in plastic bags I bought five bottles of deep woods Off as well as Off towelettes that I could keep in my carry on I headed to Haiti as scheduled on July 18th loaded down with lots of donated supplies and a generator part that piqued the interest of TSA And all that DEET When I arrived in PAP I went directly to the bathroom and applied bug repellent via the towelettes I stayed in PAP that night at the Heartline Guesthouse It took me about 20 minutes in the PAP heat to decide there was no way I was going to wear the long clothes I changed into capris and a t shirt and sprayed myself with Off One of the volunteers at the Guesthouse a young man in his early 20s had been in PAP for 4 weeks and did not use bug spray at all He had not gotten Chik V at that point I had to stop myself from going Mommy on him I slathered myself liberally with the Off several times that day and just before I went to bed I slept under a mosquito net with a fan blowing on me The Chik V mosquitoes bite during the day but I wasn t taking chances I took Off to the bathroom when I showered and sprayed the drain and screens before I turned it on I sprayed myself as soon as I dried off and sprayed again when I got dressed so I could get all the cuffs The other volunteer that traveled with me the next day from PAP to Hinche Kel was just as diligent with the bug spray as me I think every Haitian we met had had Chik V Even young people were massaging their wrists and complaining about pain Kel and I decided not to be embarrassed by the amount of spray we used or how often we applied it She used Picaridin while I continued to use Off several times daily and at bedtime We talked with Emily and Rebecca at the MFH house They had both had it Emily a mild case and Rebecca a more serious case with relapses They talked to us about avoiding mosquitoes when they were most active during sunrise and sunset and using the bug spray and fans We did not actually see many mosquitoes They were most active at sunrise and sunset as we were told We saw the most when we were in Hinche at a continuing education session for the Matròns which was absolutely fabulous We passed our towelettes back and forth throughout the session All in all I do not think I was bit at all I was

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  • NoCeilings
    two decades maternal mortality has decreased by 40 across the world Chelsea Clinton said But we can t mistake progress for success Despite those gains progress has been uneven particularly among poor rural and marginalized women including right here in the U S Chelsea introduced Genette and said Many of the critical investments that have helped ensure that women and girls are leading longer healthier lives have been made in skilled birth attendants and midwives Midwives just like Genette Thelusmond of Midwives For Haiti whose remarkable care has helped generations of Haitians be born safely and to grow up healthy and to themselves give birth to healthy children Genette then spoke along with a translator about her training and work as a midwife in Haiti the country with the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the Western Hemisphere Before an audience of 1 000 and a live online worldwide stream she said Too many children do not survive to take their first breaths or just as tragic their mothers do not live to hear their baby s first cries But I believe we can change this story In fact it already is changing With every new midwife I help educate we have the chance to save and improve the lives of hundreds even thousands more mothers and children each year See Genette s speech here the maternal health segment begins at 13 30 Genette was one of our first students She had already been a nurse for some time and had spent her childhood attending births with her mother a traditional birth attendant in the countryside She says I saw firsthand how dangerous because of lack of resources and training childbirth could be for poor women She worked hard in her course and did extremely well Her commitment and

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  • nurses week
    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 could be done to save the two lives before them In respect of their wishes yet in personal conflict with possible unfavorable outcome from resuscitating a 28 week old infant in this environment I began chest compressions The perceived hours

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  • photography
    in Haiti Midwives For Haiti News from Haiti We ve had a special guest with us this week in Haiti the documentary photographer MIT instructor Pulitzer winning journalist and our friend B D Colen B D has been photographing the real life reality of maternal and infant health in the Central Plateau of Haiti and how our programs work to empower Haitians to deliver their next generation This is B D s second trip with us but the first where he was able to spend time in the maternity ward He also visited the community of Cabestor where we will be opening our first rural birth center this fall and photographed some of the families who will deliver their babies with the assistance of our graduates and a fully stocked birth center B D also accompanied the mobile clinic midwives as they traveled to remote villages to provide prenatal and postnatal care to some of Haiti s poorest and most vulnerable women Follow him on Twitter at TheBDColen to see more images and explore his work on SocialDocumentary net Learn more about what we do why we do it and how you can help First born St Therese Hospital Hinche Haiti Now Midwives4Haiti Haiti women MaternalHealth pic twitter com 8fvEwT62Gz B D Colen TheBDColen August 16 2015 In labor St Terese s Hospital Hinche Haiti Midwives4Haiti haiti womenshealth maternalhealth childbirth pic twitter com O4Lj9mxazP B D Colen TheBDColen August 16 2015 Contemplating baby 9 Hinche Haiti Midwives4Haiti haiti maternalhealth childbirth midwives pic twitter com yk8yBt2quZ B D Colen TheBDColen August 16 2015 New life St Terese s Hospital Hinche Haiti Midwives4Haiti haiti deliveringthenextgeneration maternalhealth pic twitter com MvA79YXAXi B D Colen TheBDColen August 16 2015 Number nine Midwives4Haiti maternalhealth haiti womenshealth women poverty pic twitter com pq7A9lVBH3 B D Colen

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  • projectpostnatal
    is the public referral hospital in the Central Plateau About two hundred women give birth here monthly and in 2013 only 1 received postnatal care Without the resources or funding to provide this care many mothers and newborns died needlessly In July 2014 in partnership with Hospital Ste Therese Midwives for Haiti launched the Postnatal Care Program Two skilled birth attendants were selected and thoroughly trained patient sheets were drafted and logbooks were created From the first day data was collected Six days a week the midwives work from 8am 4pm They see as many patients as they can on the hospital floor and at an out patient clinic two days a week Within three months these two midwives have provided care to 894 women and infants increasing access to postnatal care at the hospital from 1 to 65 If you ask Juslene or Illa the Postnatal Care Team they will tell you countless stories of women who narrowly avoided dying from preeclampsia or who were kept several days longer in the hospital because of anemia or an infection They will tell you how much time they spend with mothers to dispel the cultural belief that they don t nurse well the first few days after delivery They make sure mothers are educated about the benefits of colostrum and how important it is nurse frequently They will tell you about the newborns they have referred for special care or treated for infection They will tell you how many mothers come back before their 1 week follow up appointment because they now know that a high temperature of their baby or themselves is a danger sign They will not only tell you these stories with pride in their voice but they will show you Follow them on their rounds and they

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