As we enter the season of gratitude, I would once again like to thank you for your support of Midwives for Haiti during this turbulent time. I wish I could tell you that things are improving, but unfortunately, that is not the case. Violence has come to Hinche, and people are getting more and more desperate. Our staff is doing incredibly well under these difficult circumstances, but of course, the stress and strain are immense. Thank you for keeping them in your thoughts.
Many NGOs have pulled out or reduced their programming, and several humanitarian relief efforts have not been allowed into the country. This means our Carrie Wortham Birth Center is busier than ever. Last week, we had so many women in giving birth that we had to put extra mattresses on the floor! No matter what is happening in the world, babies keep coming. We could not be more proud of our wonderful midwives who work at this very rural center. Even without running water and electricity, they manage to provide loving, heart centered care to the women in this impoverished area.
On a brighter note, thank you to everyone who participated in our quilt raffle! Our winner was Emily Jeffries, and her new snuggly is on its way to her. Again, we thank Chrissie Devinney, who created this beautiful work of art and generously donated it to us. If you didn’t win this time, fear not! Chrissie has kindly said she would make us more in the future, so this could become a regular MFH activity.
Our midwifery students have now started their clinical rotations. They received their official pink Nadene Brunk Eads Midwifery School scrubs, and began work at Hospital Ste Therese, under the guidance of our preceptors and clinical director. This is such an exciting time, as they begin to practice the skills they have been learning. Suddenly everything no longer theoretical, and all those protocols and managements practices suddenly become very real. (And those of us who are midwives ourselves certainly remember the butterflies in our stomachs as we first began working with real live mothers!) I just know that this class will be the best one ever.
We would also like to thank Bon Secours/Mercy Hospital system for their generous donation towards next year’s operating expenses. It takes even more than a village to keep MFH’s programming robust, and we are always so grateful to our corporate sponsors.
And finally, we wish our American family a joyful Thanksgiving holiday, filled with friends, family, and love. May it be filled with peace and harmony as we look back on our many blessings.
Of course, you can always donate directly on our website. It’s easy and quick, and your money goes directly to supplies right now. www.midwivesforhaiti.org/donate
Our Amazon Wish List has been updated with some new items and quantities, so if you haven’t had a chance to check it out, now is the time. We have had such a lovely response, but of course, the need is so great right now.