In Haiti, it has been customary for an expectant woman to deliver at her home, yet this can be unsafe and even deadly with complications at birth. This has accounted for Haiti’s very high maternal and infant death rate.
Skilled attendance (which denotes the presence of midwives and others with midwifery skills at births) is considered to be the single most critical intervention of ensuring safe motherhood because it hastens the timely delivered of emergency obstetric and newborn care when life-threatening complications arise.
In 2016, Visitation began to see great increases in both prenatal care visits and deliveries at the Clinic, indicating that this program was making a difference for the health of mothers and safety of babies during delivery. At 2017 year-end, the number of deliveries at the Clinic was three times that of just three years prior. Visitation Clinic has increased from 10 births in 2011 to 64 in 2017, a 640% increase.
Visitation Hospital Foundation instituted a Master’s Midwife education program funded by generous grant awards, providing approximately 50 community matrons (midwives) with thorough specialized training regarding prenatal care and deliveries. Those who graduated continue this education, joining monthly at Visitation Clinic for lectures and demonstrations presented by our doctors at the Clinic.
Visitation Clinic is in need of a self-contained incubator unit that provides a controlled heat, humidity and oxygen micro-environment for the isolation and care of premature and low-birth-weight neonates.
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