This Saturday I will be returning to Haiti with an organization called Midwives for Haiti that trains Haitian nurses to become skilled birth attendants. Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere and is just a 2 hour flight from Miami. 75% of women giving birth do not have a skilled attendant at delivery. One in 83 women die in childbirth from preventable causes like hemorrhage or preeclampsia. Midwives for Haiti is working to change all that, through education and access to good care.
One of the things the midwives feel would help save lives is an AED - automated external defibrillator - to be used in their training hospital. For the last month I have been fundraising in my community for a French-speaking AED and many generous friends and coworkers have contributed $750 towards this goal. However I am $250 short of the purchase price, so now I am putting this appeal out to my friends and family living outside my local community.
I have been so moved by my experiences in Haiti. To see the challenges women face, to witness their resiliency, strength and their spirit, to realize I should never take my own healthcare privileges for granted. I would like to do a small thing to possibly save lives...join me if you feel led to contribute.