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)