Haiti - The Midwives Initiative
Ask just about any midwife in Haiti how their career began and most likely they will tell you it started with a dream. These extremely hard working women feel individually called by God to help Haiti's most vulnerable – pregnant moms and their babies.
We strive to support their heroic efforts and to decrease the infant & maternal mortality rates in Latiboliere.
In addition to prayerful support, we send very basic supplies to replenish their midwife's kits. We also provided money for medical / professional training and certification for all of the midwives.
If a mom or baby requires services beyond that of a midwife, during or after the birth, it would not be uncommon for them to walk two or more hours in hopes of finding treatment. Here are some grim statistics:
- Maternal Mortality Rates in rural Haiti are 1 in 18 live births
From: Maternal Mortality and the Consequences on Child Survival in Rural Haiti, Anderson F, Morton S, Naik S, and Gebrian. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2007 Jul;11(4):395-401. Epub 2007 Jan 31
- 26% of births have a skilled attendant at delivery
- 80 children per 1000 live births DIE before the age of 5
- 25% of births are institutional deliveries
- "The state of the children in the country is related to its maternal mortality rate... We have seen that if a mother dies, the child is unlikely to make it to his or her first birthday."
- Teresa De la Torre, chief of health & nutrition at UNICEF-Haiti
- Infant mortality rate 60 per 1000 live births
- Haiti has the highest rate of mortality for children younger than 5 years in the Americas.
Pregnant women are so grateful for the basic services and supplies listed below.
Supplies for a typical midwife’s kit:
- Cotton balls
- Disposable medical glove
- Hydrogen Peroxide (16oz)
- Hand sanitizer (small bottles)
- Acetaminophen 500 mg
- Small bars of soap
- 4x4 sterile pads
- 2x2 cotton squares
- Tylenol infant drops
- Alcohol preps
Money to pay the midwives as they often receive no compensation for their services and to pay for their education and to purchase supplies.
For more info contact: Carol Sullivan at email@example.com
"God was kind to the midwives. The people went on increasing and grew very powerful; since the midwives reverenced God he granted them descendants." (Exodus 1:21)