Midwives for Haiti

By Nadene Brunk (CNEP Class 8)
Richmond. VA

Submitted by: Mimi Niles, RN, BSN (CNEP Class 52)

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I hope that all of you have visited the website: www.midwivesforhaiti.com.

From the World Population New Service: “World health officials estimate that if every pregnant woman and newborn were to have access to skilled birth attendants, the lives of more that 5 million women and over 45 million babies could be saved by 2015.”

In a small way, we are working at that by training 11 women in the central plateau of Haiti to prevent and treat the most life-threatening situations for
pregnant women and their babies. Be in prayer for Renee Wilson and Brenda Peaty from California as they arrive in Hinche to continue the midwifery training. On Feb 24, Courtney Hilbert and 3 other midwives from Connecticut will give their time and love to this project.

I go on March 9 with my team of 3 doctors who will hold clinics and help me with the education of the midwives.

An update on projects we are working on currently. – We hope by summer to have 501 (c) (3) status so donations and plane fares will be tax deductible. The board of directors is made up of 3 midwives, a FP doc, and OB/Gyn doctor and a medical practice administrator. We need a grant to get “A Book for Midwives” translated into Creole. I am currently writing measurable objectives for each Chapter in the Book. Did you know you can download that whole book online? There is a link on the web site. The ACNM’s LSS and HBLSS manuals need major adaptations to be applicable. Much work to do.

I know Leslie Fehan and Marsha Stalcup are looking into getting ACNM CEU’s for those who go as there really is a lot of learning/teaching going on for anyone who goes.

Martha (Groggel) Goedart wants to write a grant for birth control. Can YOU imagine having no control over when you have babies?

I am currently looking for teams to go to Haiti anytime in April, May, or June. If you do not have a midwife who will go with you, I connect you to others who express interest in the same month/week. I know it is an enormous sacrifice. But I also know the women who have gone have become heroes in a village in Haiti.

God Bless the Women and Babies all over the world who need us so badly. Thanks to all of you who have been an inspiration for us to continue this work.

Nadene Brunk
Richmond. VA

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Who We Are

In Haiti, 76% of all deliveries are done by non-qualified persons, contributing to the highest infant and maternal mortality in the western hemisphere. 15% of newborns have low birth weight and 25% of the children suffer from chronic malnutrition. The World Health Organization has estimated that the things professional midwives know how to do – preventative prenatal care, handling complications of pregnancy and birth, and teaching nutrition –could totally change these statistics.

Midwives for Haiti was started by certified nurse-midwives who believe every woman in this world deserves the knowledge and care to have a safe pregnancy and birth. We also believe that even women who cannot read or write are teachable. With the right knowledge and tools, community women can make birth safer and keep babies and mothers from dying. We want to bridge the gap between the traditional birth attendants and the nurse-midwives trained in the medical model so that more women in Haiti have access to skilled care. Join us as we travel this journey “with woman”.


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