With a population of 10 million, Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Only about 25% of births in Haiti are attended by a skilled provider. Most women do not receive prenatal, postnatal or newborn care.
As a result, Haiti is the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere to give birth. Most of these maternal deaths are caused by eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage (bleeding). In other words, most of these deaths are preventable.
Every month our midwife and brith assistant accept 13-15 women into the midwifery program. After the expectant mothers are enrolled into the program they are immediately started on prenatal vitamins provided by Vitamin Angels.
A one-time amount of $80 covers prenatal, delivery, postnatal and newborn care to a woman and baby. At each clinic visit the women are learning about pregnancy, birth and newborn care. Some of the topics include: baby development in the womb, sanitation, nutrition, preparing for labor, signs of labor, breastfeeding, newborn care, etc.