by Molly Inman 200 Lives Impacted Jacmel, Sud-Est Department, Haiti
Trip Cost: $2,800Application Deadline: January 1, 2019 MamaBaby Haiti was birthed just after the earthquake when a few local Portland midwives went...
MamaBaby Haiti was birthed just after the earthquake when a few local Portland midwives went down to help provide relief; what they saw when they got there though, was something they knew they could not walk away from. Mothers and babies were dying every day and not from extreme illness or catastrophic conditions, but simply because they did not have the properly skilled attendants assisting them in something as normal as giving birth. In Haiti 1 in 263 women who have a live birth will die in childbirth or in the immediate postpartum period.
Healthy women make for healthy families
One reason why women do not seek prenatal and birth care in Haiti is twofold. One, they do not have access to skilled birth attendants, and two, they cannot afford to pay what is typically charged for a woman to give birth. This is where we come in! MamaBaby Haiti is a birth center and health clinic and we provide a safe place for Haitian women to receive compassionate and respectful FREE prenatal, birth, postpartum, and gynecological care at the hands of skilled Haitian midwives. Where there is severe poverty, mothers often have to choose between food for their family or having a skilled attendant at their birth- it is our core belief that no mother or family should every have to make this impossible choice. We are dedicated to improving the health and well being of the women and infants of Haiti, one woman and one child at a time. This vision is achieved through the application of evidence based midwifery care, delivered primarily by Haitian midwives and supported by volunteer midwives from around the world.
Our clinic has been open now for just over 5 years and we are doing some incredible things. Apart from the daily grind of providing hope and care to the women and babies we see, we are now in the process (thanks in part to Hear the Cry) of starting our very own midwifery school. Currently, the nearest school is in Hinche, which is a 5 hour bus ride away on treacherous roads. All of our current midwives currently come from this part of Haiti, which has forced them to live apart from their families for much of the year. We are planning on training local Cap Haitian nurse auxiliary’s to become internationally recognized midwives where they will then be able to serve their own communities, stay with their families, and work at our clinic and in mobile clinics so that no mother will be without prenatal and birth care.