BABIES, BIRTH, Midwifery Education!!
“Helping Women, Help Women”
“Haiti By the Numbers"
Less than 45% of the population has clean water – 74 babies die per 1000 births – 12% of all babies die before their first birthday – one third of all children die before their fifth birthday – one in 71 women will die in pregnancy or childbirth – half the population earns less than $60 a year – 5.6% of the population is infected with HIV including 19,000 children – the average life expectancy is 53 – 163,000 children are estimated to have been left orphaned by HIV”
This spring, Your Bay Area Doula, Heather Hilton-Mealacon and Certified Professional Midwife, Caitlin Kirkman have the opportunity to exchange knowledge and education through volunteerism in Haiti. Currently Haiti has the highest maternal death rate in the Western Hemisphere. MamaBabyHaiti Birth Center is working on changing that.
As a part of Heather’s Midwifery education and skills mastery the birth center in Haiti offers a high volume of women in their childbearing journey that need quality prenatal, birth, and postpartum care that is invaluable to a Midwife’s educational journey into this work. As a newly licensed midwife, Caitlin will have the opportunity to put her Midwifery skills to use and trade knowledge basis with the Haititan Midwives. Together, Heather and Caitlin are working to gather funds to get to Haiti this April, purchase birth supplies and medications for the birthing center and give four weeks of time and extra hands in a much needed environment. Please help us make a difference by donating today!
For more information on the birth center in Haiti visit their website Mamababyhaiti.org