Holiday Appeal - Donate to Midwives For Haiti

For 10 years, we’ve been delivering safe birth, empowering women, and transforming lives.

A decade ago, midwife Nadene Brunk had a vision that all women in Haiti would received maternity care from a skilled attendant in her community. Nadene knew that the only way to create sustainable change and reduce the number of preventable deaths of mothers and their babies over time was to scale health worker capacity within the country. Training Haitian nurses to be skilled birth attendants, a process called task shifting and recommended by the World Health Organization, has been the core of our programs ever since. Since 2006, we’ve trained 124 skilled birth attendants. Another 32 students will graduate early next year, taking our total graduates to 156, or about 20% of the skilled maternity health workers in Haiti.  

As a result of Nadene’s vision and the hard work of many, tens of thousands of lives are touched with skilled care each year. Nadene is retiring, but the work continues.

Our impact has just begun.

This #Giving Tuesday, we need your help to raise $75,000 by December 31.

When you educate a skilled birth attendant, her knowledge and skills will save lives, but they also transform hers. Our graduates are often the sole financial providers in their family. Their skills are sought after and because of their education with Midwives For Haiti, theses women (and a few men) can secure paid employment throughout the country. They can now afford to send their children to school and feed their families. In Haiti, it is very common to take care of your extended family as well. Because of your support, families and communities are growing stronger and healthier.

Despite our efforts, too many women and babies in Haiti still die from preventable causes. We still have a lot of work to do to make birth safer in Haiti. With your support, we can continue educating and empowering women and save more lives.

“You educate a man, you educate a man. You educate a woman, you educate a generation.” -Brigham Young

HOW YOU CAN HELP NOW

WE NEED YOUR HELP TO RAISE $75,000 BY DEC 31 TO CONTINUE OUR LIFE SAVING PROGRAMS. NEXT STEPS:
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MAKE A GIFT

Your gift makes a difference! Donations of $100+ (or min $10/month) will receive a free 2018 Midwives For Haiti calendar (receive your calendar by Christmas if you give by 12/10). All donations are 100% tax-deductible in the U.S. This holiday season, we were selected to participate in a giving contest on Crowdrise. Click the link and you’ll be re-directed to our Crowdrise campaign page- gifts are secure and easy to make. Thank you!
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CREATE A FUNDRAISER

This year we are participating in the Newman’s Own Foundation $500k Challenge on Crowdrise. If you are able, please help us by joining our Crowdrise team! Our goal is to have 50 supporters join our team. It’s easy to get started and even a goal of a few hundred dollars makes a big impact and could help us win prize money! All donations go directly to our programs. Dedicate your holiday giving to Midwives For Haiti and spread the word to your friends and family!

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HELP US DELIVER A NEW GENERATION IN HAITI

With your support, we can continue educating and empowering more women and their families and deliver a new generation in Haiti. 

For 10 years we’ve been training skilled birth attendants who are so badly needed to prevent the needless deaths of pregnant women. Our programs save lives, but the job has only begun.

Ten years ago, Midwives For Haiti made a commitment to bring skilled maternity care to more women in Haiti. Because of that commitment, there are now 124+ skilled birth attendants working in nearly every district of the country.  In 5 hospitals, 12 birth centers, and 13 prenatal and maternal health clinics across Haiti, these skilled birth attendants save the lives of mothers and their babies every day. In every place where our graduates work, women and infants are receiving life-saving care.

Midwives for Haiti remains committed to our two-part approach to increase access to skilled maternity care by 1. training skilled birth attendants and 2. getting those skilled birth attendants to the mothers that need them.

Our Mobile Prenatal Clinic continues to reach pregnant women who would otherwise be cut off from medical care. Traditional birth attendants are delivering babies with the sterile birth kits we provide, a critical resource as the risk of infection is high and the poorest families have no money for fuel to boil water. Laboring women continue to cross rivers and streams on foot to reach the Carrie Wortham Birth Center and the clean, safe delivery rooms and loving care the midwives provide. Over 2,000 births are attended by our graduates and students at Hospital St. Therese, where we also supply resources and other support.

Life is hard in Haiti, especially for women and children. Haiti is the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere to be pregnant or an infant. 

  • Only 25% of rural pregnant mothers have access to skilled maternity care
  • For the poorest 20% of mothers, only 9.6% have access to skilled care
  • 99% of maternal deaths are preventable
  • 1 in 14 children will die before they reach their 5th birthday (UNICEF 2013)

Our commitment to Haiti depends upon your support. Please help us reach our goal of $75,00 by Dec 31, 2017.