Midwives for Haiti

May 24, 2007

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”.


N.M. Legislature honors Lovelace Midwives for 25 years of deliveries

May 24, 2007

Lovelace midwives have delivered more than 34,000 babies since program began in 1982
Submitted by:
Jen Williams, CNM (Frontier CNEP Class 33)

SANTA FE (February 26, 2007) – The midwives of Lovelace Health System were honored for 25 years of service to the women and babies of New Mexico.

Representative Rhonda King sponsored a proclamation recognizing the Lovelace
Midwifery Program on the House Floor this morning. The text of the proclamation follows:

Whereas the Lovelace Midwife Program was started in 1982 by Dr. Clay Burchell and Certified Nurse Midwife Sally Yeomans to “provide
consistent,quality care in our specialty with ongoing consideration to new developments and changing attitudes of patients;” and

Whereas the Lovelace Midwife Program began with two certified nurse midwives and grew to a high of more than 18 certified nurse midwives; and

Whereas the midwives of Lovelace have delivered more than 34,000 New Mexicans in the past 25 years; and

Whereas the midwives of Lovelace continue to provide high-quality prenatal, intrapartum, postpartum and gynecological care to their patients; and

Whereas the midwives of Lovelace have stuck together through highs and lows, serving New Mexico’s women and babies with aplomb, professionalism and kindness; and

Whereas the midwives of Lovelace have dedicated their careers to their motto “changing the world, one baby at a time;”

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that in recognition of their 25 years of service the House of Representatives offers this statement of congratulations and names February 26, 2007 as Lovelace Midwives Day.

Student Corner

May 24, 2007

Bethany Buchanan, CNEP class 44–went on a medical mission trip with Pro-Health International to two rural villages in Nigeria Africa during October and November of 2006. She managed the post-operative care of patients receiving surgeries. She also treated patients with malarial fever, typhoid, and flukeworm infestation. One patient came in with a snake bite to the foot–she tied a tourniquet around the man’s calf to prevent the venom from spreading—started IV fluids, and, after consulting the local doc, gave a dose of hydrocortisone to prevent immune reaction. The patient was fine and discharged later in the evening.

Anybody can look up the group I go to
Nigeria with at www.prohealthinternational.org.
They can also contact me personally for more information. The trips have impacted my life: after caring for babies and children with malarial fever I realized I really needed to get further medical training so I would better know what to do in mission settings. So I enrolled with Frontier to become an FNP.Bethany Buchanan RNCFNP Track Class 44
Minneapolis, Minnesota

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I had my baby girl Madison Mckenna Faith on August 23rd 2006 7lbs 5 oz. She was born with severe kidney reflux and a ureterocele and had to have surgery. She is now doing well, but will have to have reconstruction surgery by her second birthday.
Shannon Mongold, CNEP Class 45)

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