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.

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

“If we don’t do this, who will?” -Nadene Brunk, Founder

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.

With few resources, the first class of nine students would hold class outdoors with nothing more than a black board under a tree. Equipment was donated because there wasn’t enough money to buy new materials. Nadene and other volunteers traveled in a ’74 pickup truck that was held together by wire and duct tape.

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 still looks worn and is decades past its useful life, but it 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 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. We have designed the curriculum around international care standards, have had several texts translated into Haitian Creole, and strive to work closely with the local community to ensure our education model is culturally appropriate and comprehensive. As a result, we are well-known and respected in the community.

Thanks to a strong group of dedicated volunteers, a growing number of supporters, new partnerships and grants, we have trained and graduated eight classes of midwifery students. These 125 skilled birth attendants work in nearly every geographic region in Haiti, providing care to thousands of women and their families each year.

Our achievements and progress are a testament to the willingness and commitment of Haitian men and women to improve the health of their country, and by the help of our generous supporters.

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.

MERLINDA ACCILIEN

PRECEPTOR

GUERLIE BIEN AIMÈ

PRECEPTOR

SUMMER ARONSON, BS

COMMUNICATIONS + MARKETING DIRECTOR

NADENE BRUNK, CNM, MSN

FOUNDER + EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JESSICA JORDAN, CNM, MSN

INCOMING EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

JEAN MARIOT CLEOPHAT

ASSISTANT IN-COUNTRY DIRECTOR

MERLINE CASIMIR

PRECEPTOR

MARIE LERRICILE CHARLES

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

LIMONE CLERVEAU

LEAD INSTRUCTOR, NURSE-MIDWIFE

BRANDY BLUE, JD

IN-COUNTRY DIRECTOR

PAULENE JEAN JACQUES

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

MARIE ANGE ESAIE

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

MAGDALA JUDE JEAN

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT, MATWÒN TRAINER

YVANESE JEAN LOUIS

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLD BIRTH ATTENDANT

MONIQUE JOSEPH

LAUNDRESS

DAVIDE ÈJEUNE

MOTO DRIVER

ESTHERE LOUIS

PRECEPTOR

JUDENEL JOSEPH

SECURITY

SHEILY MERIAL

TRANSLATOR

MARIE NELTA LOUIS

CARRIE WORTHAM BIRTH CENTER SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT, MATWÒN TRAINER

ISABELLE MAXI

TRANSLATOR

ECLIDE MICHEL

CARRIE WORTHAM BIRTH CENTER SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT + MATWON TRAINER

EMMANUEL OCCIDOR

TRANSLATOR

EMILY FERRELL

FINANCE DIRECTOR

STECY CASSEUS

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR

GENETTE THELUSMOND

PRECEPTOR, MATWÒN TRAINER

PHILOMÈNE THELEMAQUE

MOBILE CLINIC SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

JONEL TELUSMA

SECURITY + DRIVER ASSISTANT

Cynthia Siegel, CNM, MSN, IBCLC

EDUCATION DIRECTOR

Anise Tilus

CARRIE WORTHAM BIRTH CENTER SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

Perrine Stock, RM

CLINICAL DIRECTOR

WHILER JULES

VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR, CARRIE WORTHAM BIRTH CENTER

BRETT HOAG

ADMINISTRATIVE + DEVELOPMENT DIRECTOR

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD

PASTOR JUDE JEAN

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD

EMMANUEL “MANNO” BASTIA

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, HOUSE REPRESENTATIVE

MERLINE CASIMIR

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, PRECEPTOR REPRESENTATIVE

DENIS JEAN BAPTISTE, MD

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, OBSTETRICIAN, HOSPITAL STE. THERESE

MAGDALA JUDE JEAN

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, MOBILE CLINIC REPRESENTATIVE

FATHER VOLCIUS JACQUES

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, HEAD OF CARITAS

SHEILY MERIAL

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, TRANSLATOR REPRESENTATIVE

SALNAVE PIERRE

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, SBA REPRESENTATIVE, HOSPITAL STE. THERESE

ROSALISE SALOMON

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, HEAD OF MATERNITY, HOSPITAL STE. THERESE

EMMANUELLA PROPHÈTE

HAITI ADVISORY BOARD, SKILLED BIRTH ATTENDANT

U.S. BOARD OF DIRECTORS

R. STEPHEN EADS, MD

BOARD MEMBER, MEDICAL DIRECTOR

JANETT FORTE, MSW LCSW

BOARD MEMBER

GEORGETTE GORE, LPN

BOARD MEMBER

CAMILLE GRIPPON

BOARD MEMBER

KENNETH HEATWOLE, MD

BOARD MEMBER, MEDICAL ADVISOR

DANETTE SAJOUS

BOARD MEMBER

WENDY DOTSON, CNM

BOARD MEMBER

ALICE HIRATA, MD OB/Gyn

BOARD MEMBER, MEDICAL ADVISOR

JEFF LOVE, CPA

BOARD MEMBER, FINANCIAL CONSULTANT

KATE NOON, MSW, LCSW

BOARD CHAIR

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