Haiti has one of the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world. It is considered THE most dangerous country in the western hemisphere to give birth. Midwives for Haiti is a nonprofit organization that trains skilled birth attendants and helps to get them to the women that need them.
Midwives for Haiti has been working since 2004 to train nurses to be skilled birth attendants. Graduates work throughout the country, mostly in rural communities where need for their skills is greatest. The organization is well-known and respected in Hinche, has the support of the local population, and works in partnership with the Haitian Ministry of Health.
Here is a link to the organization, which has a wealth of information about the work they do: https://midwivesforhaiti.org/
While in nursing school, I ran the Big Sur Marathon to raise money for Every Mother Counts, an organization that helps to fund Midwives for Haiti, amongst other organizations that aim to improve maternal infant outcomes. Now that I will have had more than a year of labor and delivery nursing experience, I am eager to apply these skills and help in a more direct manner.
As a current labor and delivery nurse and an aspiring midwife, this is an organization that I hold close to my heart. I will be traveling to Hinche, Haiti in early August for a week to volunteer my skills and time with Midwives for Haiti. Any amount you are able to donate towards this life saving work would be so appreciated. It is tax deductible as well! Thank you so much for your support!
Lot of love,