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  • rural
    midwives Four of them ride our aging pink Jeep to sixteen villages around the central as far away as a 2 hour drive delivering skilled midwifery care to over 500 women each month They received 4 of the bags The other two bags went to Illa and Juslene the two midwives that Rebecca trained last summer to do thorough assessments of mothers and babies before they leave the hospital here in Hinche Putting the bags in the hands of midwives seemed to bring Mary Breckenridge s vision back to us and I really wanted to get a picture of a Haitan baby in one of those bags We had a professional photographer here for just a few days and the morning before he left we asked him if he could help us get that photo BD Colen said he would do it so we showed him the Frontier picture We decided that for various reasons going to the hospital to take photos was not wise or practical and that bringing a woman and her baby to us was reasonable as we could provide the vehicle to bring them to the house We called Illa and Juslene and asked if there was anyone ready to go home that would consent to coming here and having their baby s photo taken They called back soon and said Yes come and get the mother and baby When they arrived at the house and Illa helped the very young mother out of the van she said to us She s a little embarrassed to come because she has no clothes The grandmother was carrying the baby while the mother climbed out of the van holding onto a brown towel wrapped around her body She had a green blouse on and that towel nothing else And she was reluctant to sit because of course having just had a baby the back of the towel was bloody Haitian women frequently come to the hospital with the only nice outfit they have get the dress or nightgown or skirt soiled during the birth process put the soiled things in a bucket to take home and wait for family members to bring them something to wear home on the back of the motorcycle They use multiple rags in their limited supply of underwear to keep themselves from soiling everything the lie on or sit on These rags do not get tossed No they get taken home to get washed in a bucket to be cleaned and dried and reused over and over This mama s skirt was in a bucket back at the hospital We have a house full of women and all of us swung into action Kelah Hatcher the daughter of a CPM volunteer offered a pair of underwear and in that we put a blue surgical towel for padding I went upstairs to my still unpacked bags and found a blue and white shift I had bought and because sending it back when it was

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  • volunteer
    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 my blood pressure was high again so I had to travel several hours to Cap Haitien to be close to a hospital I kept praying to have a vaginal delivery The doctor told me I must come to the hospital for a second c section I cried and cried I prayed to God The doctor was not at the hospital the day I arrived so I went to my relatives house That night my labor began I walked to the hospital at 4am I was having regular contractions My cervix was dilating but I was told that I must have the surgery No one was there to give me an epidural I had only local medication for the pain In the United States IV and or local anesthesia would be considered a completely unacceptable inadequate means under which to perform such surgery This anesthesia is typically used for dental work My surgery was difficult and long because my bladder was scarred It is a very bad memory My son was born around 9am My husband and family prayed to God to protect and help me I had much pain recovering and could not breastfeed I hope to help other women have a better experience I want women to have loving care and support This interview will be posted and will be read by many of the people who are helping to support you as a

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  • world breastfeeding week
    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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  • Bloggers - Midwives For Haiti Blog
    to email you You may unsubscribe via the link found at the bottom of every email See our Email Privacy Policy for details Emails are serviced by Constant Contact Midwives For Haiti Blog Information from Midwives For Haiti Navigation Home Categories Tags Bloggers Archived Posts Calendar Subscribe to blog Login Username Password Forgot Password Remember me Login Search Sort by Alphabetical Last Visit Latest Latest Post Midwives For Haiti Midwives For Haiti http midwivesforhaiti org Subscribe to updates from author Subscribe via RSS Posts 49 Categories 4 Tags 45 19 April 2016 The Spirit Of A Midwife 18 April 2016 In His Words Growing Up In Haiti 05 April 2016 HerStory Let s Hear From The Women 02 April 2016 Birth Stories From Haiti 13 February 2016 Volunteer Tips Thoughts View All Posts Uncategorized News from Haiti From Our Volunteers From Our Staff midwife mobile clinic maternal health haiti infant health education women mothers hope newborn birth infant midwives breastfeeding world breastfeeding week lactation consultant chikungunya fever volunteer mosquito nurse everynewborn skilled birth attendant projectpostnatal frontier nursing university rural NoCeilings IDM2015 nurses week photography Carrie Wortham midwifery students hospital birth center traditional midwife women s health earthquake zika zika virus

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  • was new So we started doing the mobile clinic at 3 4 sites a month Nadene chose me to be a mobile clinic midwife and Ms Delva chose Ms Philomene to be the first mobile clinic workers We were asked by Father Jacque if we wanted to do mobile clinics all over the countryside We knew there was such a big need in the rural countryside and that s how we started doing mobile clinic I love the mobile clinic and I m used to it and I want to work there for a long time The patients are always so happy to see us when we come in the mobile clinic Sometimes we have holidays or other reasons we cannot have a mobile clinic and the women will call us because they have such a need and they love how we treat them I love being a midwife I like to communicate with the women I love educating the women There are many times where they come to us and we educate them and they tell us they never knew about what we teach them Last week I got to help the current class CC our Education Director asked me to help the students learn blood work for patient exams I had fun teaching them and when a group of students came on the mobile clinic recently I watched them and was so happy when they did properly just like I taught them I enjoyed teaching the students in the classroom but I wouldn t want to do it too much because I love being on mobile clinic I was a school teacher before I was a nurse and it was fun but I like working as a midwife more I like that I can teach the MFH students

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  • Postnatal Care Program: It's Working!
    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 0 Tags birth maternal health infant health haiti midwives A Hard Reality By Maria

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  • Two Lives Saved - A Story From Jennifer Straub, LC
    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 baby had latched throughout the night and the mother was improving By the third day the other mothers next to her bed were the first to tell me excitedly how well the baby was eating They knew what I wanted to hear and it made me happy that they knew how important this was

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  • From Our Staff - Page 2
    rugged path and into the hills for some house calls At the first compound was the 11 day old infant who unofficially christened your birthing center Another fifteen minutes up the mountain was grandmother Lulu three generations of family and at least 10 minimally dressed grandchildren As we left through the front gate there was an elderly man with a broad smile Please come to my house Someone there is very sick How could we not go The team slowly hiked up the trail He skipped lightly and without effort on soles thickly leathered with use The dirt of the compound had been freshly swept Coconut palms framed the vista Lake Peligre peaked through the distant horizon Inside the dirt floor hut was meticulously clean In the dim back room a double bed mattress lay on the ground An ornately carved headboard leaned against the wall Six years ago his wife had a sudden and catastrophic brain injury She was instantly paralyzed from the neck down and able to communicate only with subdued and slurred speech But her physical exam was remarkable Anyone who has ever cared for a total care patient would have marveled at her care She was well nourished Her skin was soft and without any evidence of ulcer Every joint was supple He lay down beside her gave her a loving hug and showed us his self learned physical therapy routine We were amazed and could offer only our profound and impressed affirmation for the remarkable care he was providing But that plus a bag of lotions and soaps was enough On the walk back down the mountain I pondered what we had seen There was a loving relationship selfless and unconditional service to one in need and a persistent and determined commitment to what was required And in that brief encounter without spoken evangelical word or pounding of pulpit I knew that we had indeed witnessed the Spiritual And I thought again of you Carrie the sun is up It is time to load the Pink Jeep OK so now it is a white Land Cruiser with duffel bags of supplies our backpacks filled with your wisdom and head out for today Come along There will always be a seat for you Alape Go in Peace Zamni ou your friend Ken Caroline Dawn Wortham 7 14 1989 9 5 2015 Tags midwife maternal health haiti Carrie Wortham birth center 0 Continue reading 846 Hits 0 Comments Sep 17 Spotlight New Staff at Hospital Ste Therese Guillet Enelus Midwives For Haiti From Our Staff 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 Tags newborn midwife maternal health hospital haiti 0 Continue reading 889 Hits 0 Comments Sep 08 Rest In Peace Carrie We love you Midwives For Haiti From Our Staff On Saturday September 5 th Midwives For Haiti lost one of our most beloved members Carrie Wortham was taken 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 Tags haiti Carrie Wortham 0 Continue reading 2742 Hits 0 Comments

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