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Midwives for Haiti Inc

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Causes: Health, Nursing

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 124 skilled birth attendants in Hinche, Haiti and another 32 students will graduate in Feb 2018. 2. We provide prenatal care to around 500-800 women per month through our Mobile Clinics. 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 touch the lives of tens of thousands of women and infants in hospitals, birth centers, and health clinics throughout Haiti. Several of our graduates precept and teach our current students. All graduates are able lead community outreach and train matwòns, traditional birth attendants, in safe birth practices.

Target demographics: reduce maternal and infant mortality in Haiti

Direct beneficiaries per year: 124 total skilled birth attendants trained, our programs provided 10,000+ patient care visits so that more women in rural Haiti would have safe births, and paid the salaries of 18 hospital skilled birth attendants to ensure 24/7 care is available.

Geographic areas served: Hinche, Haiti

Programs: 1. Training of Haitian nurses as skilled birth attendants. 2. Offering mobile clinics that reach 500-800 hundred of women and infants in rural villages each month. 3. Community outreach and basic skills workshops for Matwòns (traditional birth attendants) 4. Support the maternity center at Hospital St. Therese with staff, resources and supplies 5. Operate a free-standing birth center in the remote community of Cabestor

Community Stories

36 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I have been a donor for 3 years in helping to improve medical conditions for women and family's in Haiti, it is a thrill to see how donations can make a huge difference with mortality rates, medications, comfort, loving support, compassion and beautiful infants with happy moms. The dedication theses directors and volunteers bring forward each day is highly respectable on every level. If I can donate and support this fabulous "Midwives for Haiti Inc"
it is a honor and a joy, every birthing mother deserves the best chance for a healthy child.
We all dream of a beautiful life.

Sue Wolsey R.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a midwife earlier this year. It was 2 weeks I will never forget. MFH do an amazing job teaching local nurses and traditional birth attendants skills to recognize dangerous situations and care for pregnant women. This makes an impact that is far reaching in Haiti. They are there foremost to up skill locals as their vision is to the future. Everyone you meet with this group are professional and experienced. They deliver high level education and care at a grass root level. Totally amazing

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I've volunteered as a nurse-midwife with Midwives for Haiti three times over the last 6 years. It is so fabulous to see what has been accomplished for the mothers and babies of Haiti through this program. Every time I go I see progress made in training midwives and serving women. It is inspiring to see so many lives improved and to see so many lives saved.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midwives for Haiti is changing lives every day by teaching Haitian nurses to become skilled birth attendants. Working with this group has changed my life in so many ways. Not only has it allowed me to volunteer, share my skills and passion for moms and babes, but it opened my heart to the world surrounding me. I give thanks every day to the men and women who keep Midwives for Haiti vital in the lives of those they serve.

Kelly P.2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I volunteered as a nurse this past year and fell inlove with the work that this organization is doing daily. It was amazing to see the midwifery students in action in the community clinics, hospitals as well as home visits.

Ann H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I returned almost one month ago from serving 2 weeks in Hinche, Haiti with MFH.
What an amazing organization doing impactful work.
I had a fantastic time being a doula, performing new baby exams, doing home visits, teavhing 2 directors how to do sonograms, gelpubg out at hospital, and engaging with the Haitian people.
MFH is about helping Haitians help themselves, and they do so as excellent stewards of their resources. I'm excited to go back soon!

Bobbi K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've volunteered 10 times in the past 8 years. Chose this organization because it prepared Haitian women to help their own communities. Now program management itself is gradually becoming Haitian-run, with support from the US organization and volunteers. It's the perfect example of how to make a true and lasting difference!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered as a nurse midwife clinical instructor on 4 trips in 3 years. I am so very pleased to see constant improvement in quality of student education, curriculum content and continuing education of graduates. I see immense gratitude and respect from the community (and now the Haitian government, too) toward Midwives for Haiti and their graduates. ~Bobbi. Fort Mill, SC

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Every donation made reaches far and wide inHaiti with this organization investing it right back to the people of Haiti with education,prenatal care, safer births, jobs and dignity. The MFH model should be duplicated over and over

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a 1st time volunteer last year I was amazed to so quickly be utilized and involved with Haitian midwives, student midwives and mothers and get right in to the heart of midwives For Haiti and so close to Haitian life. I planned my return even before I left

Beth Passini C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with MFH since 2011 and it has been the best experience ever! This program is SO well run and does a fantastic job training Haitians to care for their own most vulnerable population.

Laura H.1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I was in Haiti for 11 months after the earthquake. I had plans to do exactly what your organization is doing, but my personal life got in the way! I now live vicariously through you!❤

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midwives for Haiti train Haitain nurses to be skilled birth attendants and opened their own birth center last year. The volunteer program is well-organized and efficient. Translators are provided, and I always felt safe as a volunteer. I am amazed with all they do!

Jenni8

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midwives for Haiti is an excellent non-profit doing important work training health care workers to work in rural Haiti. Volunteering for them was an incredible experience, and the organization has continued to evolve their volunteer program to support in-country training of much needed maternity care providers.

Meggie C.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the priviledged of volunteering with MFH as a nurse. They are doing fantastic job in rural Haiti. I hope to volunteer again soon!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I spent two weeks in Haiti with Midwives for Haiti. The work they are doing to reduce maternal and infant mortality is beyond amazing!

Anna121

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Amazing organization--changing women's lives one birth at a time!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Midwives for Haiti uses a " teach a person to fish" approach to improve maternal and infant mortality in Haiti. Over many years as a volunteer, I have witnessed the saving of lives by the skilled birth attendants trained by Midwives for Haiti. Everyone in Midwives for Haiti is passionate about the program and it shows in the results. The photo is of a mother who was carried by her neighbors for 5 hours for emergency care by Midwives for Haiti. She is shown heading home with her healthy newborn and her family after treatment.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have participated in international aide work for over 25 years in many different capacities as a Registered Nurse. Midwives for Haiti is one of the very few organizations that truly respects local cultures, needs, and capacity for medical education. Support and education are the foundation for their success and sustainability. Growth evolves naturally within the local environment. To me, this speaks volumes to Midwives for Haiti adherence to cultural sensitivity... Often something that is lost in larger Nonprofits seeking primarily to fix rather than support. I feel honored to be part of this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Abigail P.

Volunteer

Rating: 4

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.

Colleen43

Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.