MIDWIVES FOR HAITI INC

Rating: 4.89 stars   19 reviews

Issues: Health

Location: 7130 Glen Forest Drive Suite 101 Richmond VA 23226 USA

Mission: -Reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Haiti by teaching midwifery skills. -Enhance maternal health by providing regular prenatal and postnatal care, including preventative services by training midwives. -Provide safe, clean places for women to give birth. -Incorporate care of the newborn, vaccines, dehydration treatment and prevention along with breastfeeding support with maternal care.
Results: 1. We have trained 57 skilled birth attendants in Hinche, Haiti and January of 2013 our Class 6th will begin in Hinche while our 1st Class will begin at our new training site in Leogane, Haiti. 2. We have provided prenatal care to around 500 women per month through our Mobile Clinics, and local hospitals and clinics for over 2 and a half years. We have been able to provide medications that both prevent and treat complications as well a vitamins. We have a vehicle that provides emergency transport for mothers and babies at risk. 3. Our graduates deliver around 500 babies each month in 7 sites around Haiti as well as precept and teach our current students.
Direct beneficiaries per year: 16 students to learn skilled birth attendant skills, gave prenatal care to over 3000 women in rural Haiti, and supported midwifery salaries in rural Haiti.
Programs: 1. Training of Haitian nurses as skilled birth attendants. 2. Offering mobile clinics that reach hundreds of women and infants in rural villages each month. 3. Community outreach and basic skills workshops for Matwans (traditional birth attendants)

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Rating: 5 stars  

I was a long-term, non-medical volunteer at MFH for two months. i was hoping to learn more about midwifery and the role it plays in the developing world, and MFH was the perfect place for that. Their midwives, students, and teachers are extremely committed to their jobs, and their mission to make Haiti a safer place for expectant mothers. Their passion inspired me to seek a job in maternal care.

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Rating: 4 stars  

MFH is working with the local community to combat maternal and neonatal deaths through education and training. I had looked forward to working with the students but did not get to do this b/c of their scheduling that week - if we had known we probably would have chosen another week. There were two coordinators, or hostesses, in the house, one of which was supposed to take care of our clinical and schedule experience. This person, who I understand has already left, did not make us feel very welcome nor try to help us get the most out of our time there. We wanted to be helpful, not just take up space. The best time of our week was going with the Midwives on mobile clinics and seeing patients in remote areas. The midwives were eager to have us there. I look forward to going again, knowing that a different coordinator and the right timing will make an even better experience.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Midwives for Haiti understand the cycle of dignified work to support an individual that in turn supports a family, that in turn supports children in school. Work that supports a community by caring for the women during pregnancy is a step to seeking care for their children. Children surviving infancy can seek an education. With an education , there is an opportunity to lift poverty of the next generation. Opportunity for the next generation creates a better community. It is a slow process, but a potential for making a difference. MFH starts at the humble beginning, caring for women in pregnancy, equipping and supporting Haitian men and women to be birth attendants. All of this supports families. The cycle is embraced.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been following Midwives for Haiti since the earthquake in 2014. What started as my 5 yo daughter's focus on the people of Haiti soon became mine. This organization is doing such valuable work in maternal-infant care: Reducing maternal-infant mortality, increasing breastfeeding success rates, providing the disadvantaged with the basic human right of healthcare during pregnancy and beyond. And it takes so little to support this organization in their efforts!

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is a wonderful organization that works! My wife and her best friend volunteered in Haiti with Midwives for Haiti and so were able to bring back stories from the "front lines." MFH is dedicated in all the right ways to help Haitian moms and babies. Crucial healthcare and empowering education work together to raise up hope for the future. I encourage you to support them in their efforts-we can make a difference!

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am very careful where I send my money because I feel like many times it doesn't trickle down to those who need it most. I have stayed in the MFH house and have seen firsthand what they do and how they spend their funds. I am so moved by the work that they do and the lives that they affect directly and indirectly. I'm so happy to have found a wonderful and trustworthy place to send my support that has such and incredible impact.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

none

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

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Rating: 5 stars  

Midwives for Haiti is helping a cause very dear to me: helping mothers having their babies in a safe environment with trained professionals. I belong to a small Church of the Brethren in Herndon, Virginia and last year our women's bible study decided to organize a yard sale for raise funds for Midwives for Haiti. It was very successful so we are doing it again this year, actually this coming Saturday, September 20th and we hope it will be good again. Midwives for Haiti is a great organization worthwhile our support and Haiti needs it so much. Thank you for everything you do.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Midwives for Haiti is a partnership with the Hatian people . It helps by providing training to Haitian women to take care of Haitian women. It is not charity is an organization working with a country that is in need of partners, not charity. I will be returning to Haiti again this year because I support the work this amazing organization is doing. At the end of the trip as a volunteer you return home with a deeper understanding of global health and a deeper appreciation for the wonderful country.
Claudia

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Rating: 5 stars  

Amazing!!!!!!! I have volunteered several times and have had great experiences each time. I love the students and staff and patients. Great organization

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Rating: 5 stars  

My trip to Haiti in August of 2013 was the most rewarding trip I've ever taken. Jut to witness the work MFH is doing opened my eyes to fully comprehend the scope of their mission . Their outreach is so vast and their goal so genuine. One of my most memorable experience of the trip is the mobile clinic. Explaining this to full comprehension is almost impossible. "Se la pou w la" is a Haitian saying. It means you have to be there, as nothing in life prepared me for such experience. Having been educated abroad, I was in awe to see how well prepared those midwives were by MFH. The trip itself through unpaved roads and shallow rivers to arrive at this shack to meet these pregnant women, these new mothers and their newborns in their Sunday best patiently waiting while we set up to take their weight, test their urine and educate them on safe care was an experience. They were like sponges, in need of water, absorbing in all , so grateful. It broke my heart when we said goodbye at the end of the day knowing that they would not receive any care for another month. The next day belongs to another town. With suitcases of supplies, they embark to another journey, as there are more waiting for the same. MFH, you are amazing!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Equip it with a dozen more jeeps, provide supplies and materials necessary to educate more midwives

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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