STORIES FROM HAITI - Midwives For Haiti

STORIES FROM HAITI

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Baby in the Bag

Three weeks ago Rebecca Barlow and I wanted to recreate Frontier Nursing’s “baby in the bag” photo in Haiti. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, in the 1920’s to the 1960’s Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service in south eastern Kentucky. Small clinics and nursing posts were

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Spotlight: Magdala Jude Tells Her Story

My Story by Magdala Jude, Graduate SBA and Mobile Clinic SBA, Midwives For Haiti (MFH) (The setting:  Magdala sits at the kitchen table in the MFH volunteer/instructor home in Hinche, Haiti with Manno, the house manager and translator at her side.  Hopefully, these words will capture Magdala’s spirit, enthusiasm and sincerity.  I would hate for

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The Hospital: Through the Eyes of a First Time Visitor

  The Hospital. Part One: It’s my second day in Haiti. I already have the wonderful, earthy smells and thick heat of Haiti under my fingernails. I’m also covered in mosquito repellant but haven’t seen a single buzzing pest since arriving from London the previous evening. After lunch, Nadene and

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Saving Lives: Providing Respectful Postnatal Care to Mothers and Newborns in Haiti

Women need skilled care before, during, and after delivery. In developing countries like Haiti, postnatal care programs are often the weakest of all reproductive and child health programs. Lack of postnatal care contributes up to half of all preventable maternal and newborn deaths. Hospital Ste. Therese is the public referral

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Why Skilled Birth Attendants Matter

I’ve been working in Haiti for about a decade to reduce maternal and infant mortality by increasing access to skilled maternity care. Skilled attendance is a proven intervention to reduce preventable maternal and newborn deaths. In Haiti, only about 25% of women have access to a skilled attendant during their

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