ABOUT US - Midwives For Haiti

ABOUT US

ABOUT US

OUR GOALS

OUR VISION

We have a vision that pregnancy and childbirth are safe for mothers and babies in Haiti.

OUR MISSION

To increase access to skilled maternity care in Haiti by training Skilled Birth Attendants, and providing compassionate, culturally congruent maternity care.

OUR VALUES

We strive to be in GENUINE PARTNERSHIP with those who share our vision. We deliver EDUCATION that enables critical thinking and competent autonomous practice. We embody the COMPASSIONATE SERVICE that is an essential characteristic of quality healthcare. We act with the BELIEF that change can occur, one person at a time, and through the efforts of small groups who believe it can.  We practice PRAGMATIC SOLIDARITY by striving to find culturally and resource appropriate solutions to community identified problems by means of respectful communication with the communities we serve.

OUR STORY

After traveling to Haiti in 2003 as part of a medical team, Nadene Brunk, CNM, witnessed first hand the lack of resources and skilled care for pregnant women. Determined to provide a long term solution, Nadene formed a small team of volunteer midwives and medical professionals and soon returned to Haiti. At the request of a Haitian community leader, she established a culturally appropriate training program for Haitian nurses in Hinche.

Midwives For Haiti became a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in 2006.

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The area where we work is typical rural Haiti. The poverty is wide and deep. Only the best houses have metal roofs and concrete floors. Most homes have dirt floors and roofs that let in light and rain. Our first training site was an hour’s walk to the hospital, a decaying structure without running water, electricity, toilets or showers. The maternity wards were staffed by one obstetrician and one midwife. At night there was no one to care for patients. With so much in short supply few women were coming to the hospital because they did not feel safe there.

Today, the hospital is adequately staffed by 18 Skilled Birth Attendants, all graduates of the Midwives For Haiti program. Electricity and water are available most days and medication shortages are infrequent. There is still much room for improvement, but the hospital is now a place where lives are saved and learning occurs thanks to the support of not only Midwives For Haiti but also the Haiti Ministry of Population and Public Health and Partners in Health, an NGO healthcare provider. Each year, our SBAs and students attended over 2,200 births at Ste. Therese Hospital.

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.”

Over the years, our teaching program has evolved and improved. Our program in now 18 months long and conforms to the standards set out by the International Confederation of Midwives. Our students are all high level nurses, and our teaching is conducted almost exclusively by our Haitian professor.

Our achievements and progress are a testament to the commitment of Haitian men and women to improve the health of their country.

HISTORY OF OUR PROGRAMS

FUNDING

We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit and our EIN is 27-2368581. Learn about Our Funding.

WHO WE ARE

OUR STAFF

Our talented team makes progress possible and success a reality. From security guards to skilled birth attendants, data collection specialists to translators to administrative gurus, we’ve got the best team.

Jane E. Drichta

Executive Director, MS, CPM, PGDip (Tropical Nursing)

JEAN MARIOT CLEOPHAT

PROGRAMS + PARTNERSHIPS DIRECTOR

MERLINDA ACCILIEN

PRECEPTOR

GUERLIE BIEN AIMÈ

PRECEPTOR

YVANESE JEAN LOUIS

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLD BIRTH ATTENDANT

PAULENE JEAN JACQUES

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

MARIE ANGE ESAIE

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

VAL JOSETTE

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT, MATWÒN TRAINER

MONIQUE JOSEPH

LAUNDRESS

MERLINE CASIMIR

PRECEPTOR

MARIE LERRICILE CHARLES

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

LIMONE CLERVEAU

LEAD INSTRUCTOR, NURSE-MIDWIFE

Anna Eme

Volunteer and Residence Coordinator

BRETT HOAG

ADMINISTRATIVE + FINANCE DIRECTOR

ESTHERE LOUIS

PRECEPTOR

Daisy Grochowski

EDUCATION DIRECTOR, CNM, MPH

Perrine Stock, RM

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

PHILOMÈNE THELEMAQUE

COMMUNITY CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

JONEL TELUSMA

SECURITY + DRIVER ASSISTANT

U.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Miriam Desgazon

BOARD MEMBER

DANETTE SAJOUS

BOARD MEMBER

R. STEPHEN EADS, MD

BOARD MEMBER

NADENE BRUNK EADS, CNM, MSN

FOUNDER + FORMER EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

STECY CASSEUS

BOARD MEMBER

ALICE HIRATA, MD OB/Gyn

CO-MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BOARD MEMBER

KENNETH HEATWOLE, MD

BOARD MEMBER, MEDICAL ADVISOR

RACHEL LOVE, MD

CO-MEDICAL DIRECTOR, BOARD MEMBER

Jennifer Burns, CNM

BOARD MEMBER

WENDY DOTSON, CNM

BOARD MEMBER

JEFF LOVE, CPA

BOARD MEMBER, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

KATE NOON, MSW, LCSW

BOARD CHAIR

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