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“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” 

Currently Haiti has the highest maternal death rate in the Western Hemisphere. The MamaBaby Haiti Birth Center is working to change that.
In the spring of 2012, I had the opportunity to travel to Haiti and exchange midwifery knowledge and education through volunteerism at the MamaBaby Haiti Birth Center. It was an amazing experience that left me inspired and even more passionate about international infant/maternal health.  
A busy center, nestled in a sweet community in Northern Haiti, the volunteers work tirelessly to help provide quality prenatal care, education around nutrition, breastfeeding, family planning and sustainable living, and most importantly, access to quality midwifery care where the women of Haiti can come to safely birth their babies. 
My time in Haiti was transformative. It deepened my level of trust in birth,  humbled me in the most amazing way, and expanded my heart like I never imagined. Quite simply, I fell in love. In love with the people, with the community, the volunteers & midwives, the mothers we served, the babies we welcomed into life, and the beautiful land of Haiti. 
I hope to travel back there one day. Until I am able to do that, I will still continue to support MamaBaby Haiti in all that they do by donating & spreading the word about the work they are doing in Haiti. 

 
 
 

For more information on the birth center in Haiti, or to make a donation, visit their website Mamababyhaiti.org
(MamaBaby Haiti is a non-profit organization, all funds go directly into serving the moms and babies of Haiti.)
 
Doula of Napa Valley 
Heather Hilton, LM, CPM
Offering Home Birth, Labor Support, Childbirth Education and Placenta Encapsulation in the Napa Valley and North Bay Area 
Napa, Ca  
(707)980-4582 
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