MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS – Midwives For Haiti

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

MEDICAL VOLUNTEERS

Nadene Brunk Eads School

MFH’s main programmatic arm is the Nadene Brunk Eads School, where we train Haitian nurses in advanced obstetrical skills. Volunteers with instructing/mentoring experience teach specialized modules to our class of 24, depending on their expertise. You will be working with our Education Director to plan your modules, and with our lead teacher in the classroom. Instruction is in French, and you will be provided a translator.

Hospital Ste Therese

Volunteers at our local referral hospital are welcome to assist the trained birth attendants employed there, as well as mentoring our students during their clinical rotations. This role requires a great deal of cultural humility and sensitivity and is ideal for experienced professionals. You will be working with our Clinical Director and will be provided a translator.

Women receive care at a Mobile Prenatal Clinic in rural Haiti by Midwives For Haiti. Photo by Cheryl Hanna-Truscott

Home Visiting Program

After patients are discharged from Hospital Ste Therese, MFH staff and/or volunteers conduct follow up visits at their home. This has traditionally been one of the most popular (and important!) volunteer opportunities, as it combines clinical acumen with a chance to see how under resourced people are living here in Hinche. Visits take place almost every afternoon, and motorcycle transport and a translator is provided.

Prenatal care by Midwives For Haiti Mobile Prenatal Clinic. Photo by Cheryl Hanna-Truscott.

Community Clinics

MFH supports 7 community clinics throughout the Central Plateau, in cooperation with the Ministry of Public Health and Population. By providing skilled, compassionate prenatal and postnatal care, our employees and volunteers make a real and tangible difference to the lives of women in these outlying areas. There is also a chance to bring out your health education to skills to work, by preparing and
delivering short health education presentations to the mothers. Transport and translators are provided.

Carrie Wortham Birth Center

Our birth center is located in the rural village of Cabestor, located approximately three hours from our headquarters in Hinche. Volunteers may spend a week living and working with our midwives, serving this isolated population. There is no power or running water (although you will be provided buckets of water for your personal needs) although there are comfortable beds and sense of camaraderie like no
other!

Matwon Training

MFH recognizes that the majority of births take place without a trained birth attendant(TBA). To increase the safety level of these births, we provide instruction to traditional birth attendants, known as matwons. Twice a month, the matwons gather with us to review basic obstetrical skills and receive clean delivery kits, designed to reduce the rate of sepsis. We welcome all volunteers to observe a training. Come learn some songs, join in the dancing, and support our local TBAs!