Volunteer with -Midwives For Haiti-
For Haiti is a non-profit organization started by CNMs and doctors who were
appalled by the maternal and infant death rate in Haiti- the highest in the
western hemisphere. Many efforts to reduce maternal mortality have failed
across the developing world, but WHO determined that what saved the most lives
was a three-pronged effort: 1) trained skilled birth attendants, 2) provision
of transport to tertiary centers and 3) a well-staffed and equipped tertiary
center. Midwives For Haiti (MFH) is in Haiti because most women in Haiti
still do not have access any of these resources,
the main focus of MFH is training skilled birth attendants, (see this link to
understand what they can do - http://www.who.int/maternal_child_adolescent/documents/9241591692/en/index.html),
they also provide prenatal care to hundreds of women in rural Haiti,
transportation for high risk women, and staff birth centers and hospitals
across the country.
of Midwives For Haiti's great strengths is the huge number of midwives who
volunteer with them every year. The volunteers come and see the problems that
are faced by MFH with new eyes and fresh minds. They are innovative and willing
to devote themselves to making Haiti a better place for women and babies. They
mentor students and provide support to graduates who work in difficult
settings. They give compassionate and skilled care to pregnant women in remote
villages. They improve our curriculum content and teach both student midwives
and the traditional birth attendants, called matrones, in our Matrone Outreach
can apply through the website's volunteer page (http://www.midwivesforhaiti.org/index.php/volunteers).
There is a link to the electronic application on this page along with other
important information about volunteering.
will stay in either Leogane or Hinche; their fee pays for their transport, room
and board, and a translator. In Leogane volunteers stay in a guesthouse. In
Hinche they stay at our headquarters. At both places there is security,
electricity, clean water, and safe food.
path forward is not always certain but our mission is clear: to bring skilled
care to every pregnant woman in Haiti. You can be a part of our efforts.
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