|a storm of first time moms and little ones born this summer|
- We FREQUENTLY asked for you to pray on social media sites, you showed up! Thank you!
- 1 baby born in the ambulance this year
- 43 Girls - 38 Boys
- 44% of the women served were G1s
- The youngest was 15 - The oldest was 40
- Babies come in bursts it seems - four in 48 hours in April and November and while we "plan" (it is silly, really) 6-8 babies a month, one month we had twelve!
- 2015 none of the women we cared for were carrying twins, but now we have two women carrying twins that are due in 2016
- Ultrasound training and much greater capacity to use U/S was a success of this year
- Our BirthControl Program went digital (the rest of the medical records will too in 2016)
|Madame John sending a young mom off with her vote of confidence|
|KJ checking out the due date list with three curious Mommas|
|Great Grandpa of 93 meets his new family member|
|A Grandma praying and giving thanks in the PostPartum room while her daughter showers|
|late 2015 MC Staff- in September we had to let a long time friend & staff member, Agathe, go onto new things|
|a little one that was born far too early, special keepsake photos were taken for Mom|
We are able to spend 7 to 9 months of a woman's pregnancy getting to know her story, her needs, her unique situation. Prenatal care is rare for Haitian women, we are thankful to offer the same quality prenatal care in Haiti that our friends and relatives in North America are receiving. By the time a woman delivers her baby with us we know the details of her biggest challenges in life, and we know how to support her in a personal way as she delivers a new life into what oftentimes amounts to hardship and difficulty.
During labor and delivery a woman is able to do the miraculous work of bringing her baby into the world in a calm environment where people offer nurture, gentleness, kindness, and love. If you have visited a Haitian hospital or walked through a crowded neighborhood in Port au Prince, you understand the vast difference our birth-center environment offers a woman.
After delivery we are able to walk with her as she does the work of bonding. In cultures of poverty this doesn't come as naturally as it does for those of us living with material blessings galore. We love, encourage, and stand with the new mother while she begins to nurse her baby and bond to him or her in the process. We encourage mothers that God has given them the skills and heart they need to love, serve, and raise their children.
We offer education and ongoing support for the first six months of her baby's life. We teach about child-spacing and safe and effective methods of birth-control, in order to empower each woman to take the lead in their own health and future.
We are human and we make mistakes, we are not perfect, but we try hard to get it right when we're walking along side our Haitian friends. We work diligently to withhold any judgment and simply offer a place of safety and love and grace to a woman that is coming to us from a life of difficulties we will never fully understand.
It's awesome and we are so grateful to have never lost a mother in our delivery room - but we are even more proud to share that the women that enter our doors feel valued and honored and loved --- and that is the reason we respectfully ask you to consider supporting Heartline Ministries and Maternity Center when you give this season.
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Heartline Ministries, a 501(c)(3) organization,
PO Box 898, Sunnyside WA 98944.
(Tax Identification Number 91-2072330)