Thursday, May 09, 2019

Smaller than a Fart ... Life with Paige


Paige left me with her kids at an
insane kids museum-
she went and bought and ate
a rice-crispie bar so she would not have to
share with me or her little minions.
But she sent me a photo.
Mothers of young children need
rice-crispie bars alone sometimes.

The last time Paige visited us in Haiti we were all playing the game 'Catch Phrase' together.  

It was very heated competition and everyone in this family is a jerk except for Isaac so there was a lot of smack-talking and cocky behavior.  

We were several rounds in when it was Paige's turn.  She was on my team - I was highly tuned in and ready to dominate.

Paige began a new word. She said, "Not a fart, smaller than a fart".

Within a few guesses those of us on her team yelled, "Toot"

"YES YES", she excitedly said.

Then she said, "Okay, now this is harder, it's a thing you go down into in a storm."

We shouted out guesses and she kept lamenting how hard this word was and that she did not know what it meant.  The buzzer sped up and eventually went off in her hand.

She was hoping we would guess the word hatch. (Storm hatch -- which is an old-timey thing that these kids that have lived in Haiti for 13 years have no idea about - do we do storm hatches in the modern day times?Talk to me.) 

She was ticked at her bad fortune.  There was dramatic lament about why she always gets the WEIRD words. 

She said, "What the heck is a toot-hatche?"  

I was instantly rolling with a side ache laughing, "TOOTHACHE?  As in your tooth hurts?  Is that what it said?"  

We grabbed the game out of her hand to look for ourselves.

We all love when somebody is a dingbat because then we can mock them for the rest of their lives.  

Forevermore when one of has a sore tooth we will say, "Not a fart but a ???"  Toot-hatche.


Tuesday, May 07, 2019

A Chance To Honor Women & Mothers - Don't Miss It !!

Courage. Love. Sacrifice.
From the daily selfless acts of motherhood to stories of women facing incredible challenges, we don’t have to look far to witness these universal characteristics of a mother’s heart.
Time and time again, mothers around the world astound us with their courage, love, and sacrifice. This is certainly true in Haiti.
Give a special Mother’s Day gift to the Heartline Maternity Center 

in honor of a courageous woman in your life and make a lasting

impact for mamas and babies in Haiti.
Prenatal care is hard to come by in Haiti. Respectful and thorough prenatal care is nearly nonexistent. 
Muraciene knew there were limited options for maternal healthcare in her community, but she was determined to provide the best start for her precious baby. At 11 weeks pregnant, Muraciene made her first hour-long trek to the Heartline Maternity Center. She was overjoyed to have a spot in the program and knew the care, education, and nutrition she received would give her baby the best chance to thrive. 

Prenatal Class Heartline Maternity Center Haiti

Every Thursday throughout pregnancy, Muraciene rose early to make the journey to the Maternity Center. Though the trip was bumpy, long, and required her to change tap taps three times, she relished the opportunity to learn of her baby’s progress and how to remain healthy.
In her 35th week of pregnancy, Muraciene was awoken by contractions at 4am. At first she wondered if this was really labor, but the waves of pain continued to intensify. She knew her due date was still several weeks away and worried about her unborn baby. 

Woman walking in Port au Prince, Haiti.

Lately, everything felt especially tense and unsettled as civil unrest gripped Haiti. Political demonstrations and roadblocks were making travel throughout the city increasingly difficult. She knew this trip could be especially challenging, but feared what might happen if she waited and couldn’t make it to the Maternity Center in time for her baby’s birth. 
Muraciene chose courage and began making her way to the Maternity Center. 
As the tap tap rumbled over potholes, Muraciene clutched her belly and hoped for the best. She arrived at the Maternity Center later that morning. With her labor intensifying by the minute, she felt relieved to have made the journey safely and was certain that her baby would be coming soon.

Muraciene's labor with the Heartline Maternity Center midwives, Haiti

The Heartline Midwives gently prepared Muraciene that her baby would likely need some assistance breathing because of his early arrival. Once again she chose courage by trusting her midwives, body, and baby through the labor and delivery process. 
Two hours later, Muraciene gave birth to her second son, Kenneth. Those first moments were excruciating as she watched her baby struggle to take his first breath. The Midwives quickly intervened and Kenneth began to turn a perfect pink and let out a mighty cry. Joy washed over the room. 

Muraciene and Kenneth recovering after delivery - Mom and Baby - Heartline Maternity Center Haiti

A few hours later, Kenneth began showing signs of respiratory distress. His premature lungs weren’t quite ready for the world outside of his mother’s womb.
Thankfully, the Midwives had access to an infant CPAP machine that provided Kenneth’s lungs with continuous pressure to remain open. This treatment, along with his mama’s devoted love and attention, worked wonders for Kenneth. His breathing improved and he was able to wean off the machine 48 hours after birth.

Baby Kenneth, born prematurely at the Heartline Maternity Center in Haiti, gets help breathing from an infant CPAP.

Without access to the Maternity Center, Muraciene and Kenneth’s story would have been drastically different. 
It’s true that the power of a mother’s love is an incredible – even miraculous – force. But the harder truth to face is that sometimes even a mother’s love, sacrifice, and courage cannot alone save her child. 
Muraciene loves her baby boy deeply, she made numerous sacrifices for her child, and courageously faced frightening situations in order to give him the best chance to thrive. Still, her baby was born prematurely and was unable to breathe on his own. Without access to quality care, Muraciene could have lost her beloved son. 

Mama Muraciene and her baby boy, Kenneth, spend time skin to skin at the Heartline Maternity Center in Haiti.

The majority of Haitian women receive little to no prenatal care and give birth at home without the help of a skilled birth attendant. This lack of access to care makes it extremely dangerous to be pregnant and give birth in Haiti. For far too many mothers and babies, the situation faced by Muraciene and Kenneth would have resulted in tragic outcomes.
Will you give today to ensure that mothers and babies in Haiti have access to the quality, life-saving care we all desire for our own families?
When you donate for Mother’s Day, we’ll send a personalized ecard to a special woman in your life letting her know of your thoughtful gift.  heartlineministries.org/mom
After six days of rest, recovery, and breastfeeding support at the Maternity Center – Muraciene and Kenneth were ready to return home. But the situation surrounding their homecoming was anything but typical. 
Safely tucked inside the Maternity Center walls, Muraciene listened to news reports about the current situation in Haiti. The political protests that had threatened her journey to the Maternity Center had intensified. Large parts of the city were essentially shut down due to roadblocks.
Muraciene was given the option to wait out the days of civil unrest at the Maternity Center. But her older son was eagerly awaiting the return of his mama and new baby brother. She knew it was time for her family to be together again. 

Muraciene and her husband take their baby boy home after receiving care at the Heartline Maternity Center in Haiti.

Muraciene’s husband arrived by motorcycle. She courageously climbed on the back and held Kenneth close while they weaved through the side streets. 
As they were leaving the city, the family came upon a large group of demonstrators who were not allowing travelers to pass. Muraciene and her husband explained that they were taking their new baby home. The news spread amongst the protestors who began to shout, “Let the baby through! They’re taking their new baby home. Let the baby through!” The family was allowed to peacefully pass through the demonstration and made it home safely.
The following week, protests began to quiet and public transportation resumed. Muraciene once again climbed into a tap tap to make her way to the Maternity Center. She was grateful to be holding her healthy baby boy in her arms as they bounced over the potholes. Over the next six months, Muraciene and Kenneth will return to the Maternity Center each week for community, child development class, and check-ups.

Baby Kenneth, born prematurely at the Heartline Maternity Center in Haiti, is growing and thriving!

Kenneth is thriving thanks to the support of generous friends like you and the love of his fierce mama!
This Mother’s Day, we celebrate the love, sacrifice, and courage of mothers around the world. Will you honor a special woman in your life by caring for Haitian mothers who mean so much to their families?
This Mother's Day, give a thoughtful gift that makes a lasting difference for Moms in Haiti.
When you make a donation to the Maternity Center, we’ll send a personalized Mother’s Day ecard to the woman you wish to honor. Your thoughtful gift will ensure that Haitian women and babies receive the highly skilled and compassionate care they deserve.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

(Picking up where I left off on my recent Instagram/FaceBook post...)
Waiting for Ultrasounds

The Process of Growth

All new endeavors are overwhelming at the beginning. Growing at a slow, but steady pace can help you become well established as you begin to provide women with excellent maternal healthcare. There are many ways to build a maternal health program, no one way is correct. In order to make it less overwhelming for you as you dream of your future impact, we want to talk about the slow and steady way the Heartline Maternity Center model was built.


The Maternity Center began 12 years ago. (2007)

At the beginning we simply met occasionally with 15-20 pregnant women to talk about pregnancy and basic health issues. It was similar to a support group and was meant to be a supportive and friendly learning environment.  About a year into the meetings we started distributing Prenatal Vitamins and Iron supplements. We began taking vitals each week as the women arrived and started recording their weight, pulse, and blood pressure each week before class. About two years into the weekly class gatherings, two certified midwives moved to Haiti to begin doing full prenatal visits. We were careful not to offer anything beyond the training and experience of the staff. The two midwives began seeing the women for prenatal care after program each week on the same schedule an OB/GYN or Midwife would do visits in North America. Prenatal care and regular consultations were provided at Heartline, but the client still needed to deliver at home or find a hospital.

During the first two years we also offered a class for women to attend after they delivered. We began holding classes for pregnant moms on Thursdays and postpartum moms and new babies on Tuesdays. The evaluation of the postpartum class created a deep sense of community amongst new moms who were perhaps doing things differently than their own mothers had.

About three years into the program we began to offer labor and delivery services. Before we could offer these services we needed to be sure we could cover the Maternity Center with a staff member 24/7 365 days per year. Sadly, many clinics and hospitals in Haiti don't deliver babies on weekends or at night. We think that's nonsense! We made sure to have two skilled and trained midwives on staff before we began to offer that service.

About four years into the program we realized that we needed to keep women after delivery for longer than the six hours that is customary in low resource countries. We added postpartum care with around the clock care providers for as many days as each individual mother and baby needed.

In the fifth year we began offering a birth control program. Prior to that we provided education on child spacing and methods of contraception, but had yet to provide contraception at our facility.

In our sixth year we were gifted an excellent Ultrasound machine. Several staff members received training to perform U/S. We began to use U/S during interviews of newly pregnant women. This allowed our due dates to be very accurate. Often times LMP (last menstrual period) is uncertain.

As we continued to grow, we added approximately 10 pregnant women a year to the prenatal program. As we increased the number of prenatal program participates, we also increased staff. This brought us eventually to our max number of 70 to 75 pregnant women in our care at one time. As one woman delivers, a newly pregnant woman takes her place and begins the weekly classes and prenatal care in her first trimester.  

As we became more experienced and hired more medical professionals we also began to take on slightly more complicated pregnancies. In the early years all women with pre-existing hypertension, asthma, or gestational diabetes were risked out of our care. As we have grown we have been able to take on more of those clients and we risk out less women than we did at the start. (Of course, there are still women that must be referred to higher level care with a Doctor.)

As we grew, we established both medical and practice protocols. We hired more staff and went from zero Haitian medical professionals (just two Americans) to seven Haitian medical professionals, employed full time with insurance and benefits.
Five newly pregnant women receiving contract to join the Prenatal Program
 Overall, it has taken us 10+ years to hire and build up a staff that is fully on board with the mission and vision of the maternity center, and to grow into what we believe is our full capacity as a maternal health program.

Prenatal Class March 21, 2019

We don't aspire or plan to grow our numbers to more than 70 to 75 pregnant women at a time (this ends up to be about 120 babies born in a calendar year). The high quality care, education, and focus on building trusting relationships is part of the reason we have such great outcomes. We believe the high provider to client ratio is an essential part of the model of care. In order to provide excellent care we know we cannot keep adding more women. We believe quality over quantity ascribes dignity and honor to each woman we care for.

Because we don't plan to grow, we know the only way to keep reducing maternal and newborn mortality is to share the model and equip others to take it and run with it.

Please let everyone you know (that is working at an organization that is attempting to help with women's health) know that we are offering a class and manual about how to build this program and save Moms and Babies from PREVENTABLE death.

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Filling the Ocean

Gracie

Fòse moun fè sa yo pa vle fè se tankou esye plen lanmè ak wòch


Translation: 
Forcing people to do what they do not want to do is like trying to fill the ocean with rocks.
Meaning : You can not force people to act against their will. 
(Source:Creole-Haiti.com)





On Saturday we readmitted a baby girl that had been discharged earlier in the week. She was born March 8, 2019.

Saturday the baby arrived to the Maternity Center 102.6 degrees, dressed in heavy layers of warm clothing. When weighed, we found she was down from her discharge weight of Tuesday. She appeared to be dehydrated. All other vitals were normal. 

Dr. Jen  (the Pediatrician that advises us on all sick babies) was available and we talked about getting IV antibiotics started and keeping them in house for seven to ten days. 

We got the baby out of all her clothes and asked that she nurse so we could see how she was doing with breastfeeding. She seemed desperately hungry as we watched her eat. 

In the time I was preparing the medicine and talking to Jen the baby ate voraciously. When she was done we supplemented her with additional milk. The change in her was immediate and I began to wonder if perhaps she was not sick, but simply hungry.  We talked with Gracie's mom about how the nursing was going and when the fever had started.  By the time I took Gracie back from her Mom, she was back to a normal 98 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another hour later, all vitals remained totally normal. We asked Gracie's mom if we could please re-admit them for several days to help get the breastfeeding back on track. We've seen that sometimes young mothers get home and don't end up nursing enough due to other people in the house not realizing that every two hours is very necessary for a small new baby. She agreed and we wrote up our plan for pumping and feedings and gaining weight. Midwives Nadia and Frèdelyne were on board and the plan was set. 

After everything was calm and stable I posted an Instagram picture on my personal account with an update on baby Gracie and a thank-you to all the donors that donate and make the Maternity Center run.  

About three hours later the young Dad of Gracie and his mother (Gracie's Paternal Grandmother) came to visit at the MC.  They were upset that Gracie was down to her diaper and asked why we did not have the baby dressed. The two midwives on duty explained everything about too much clothing causing fevers and shared our concerns about the weight Gracie had lost and the need for some additional feedings to be added in for the next several days.

Long story short, the Grandmother and Father of baby Gracie talked Gracie's Mom into leaving AMA (against medical advice) with Gracie.  They believe that Gracie has a curse on her and that it is something that can be handled without us. 

We explained that we strongly believe that more than anything, she was not eating enough and was dressed in too many layers. They would not hear those concerns and packed up their things and left the Maternity Center. 

The director/fundraiser in me knows that this is not a success story.  
Yes, I'm that BRIGHT.  

As much as we do to work on education in our classes, there are times when the power of superstition or culture or family dynamics cannot be overcome.  Many, even most perhaps, women that come for prenatal care end up believing in what is shared and taught - but not all. 

I suppose it is a weird time to ask you to consider becoming a monthly donor of Heartline Ministries. Rather than do that, I want to share our values with you. While it is not specifically noted, I would add that we also value being truthful and open with our donors.

Values

At The Maternity Center we value:
  • Compassion: we treat all of our clients with respect, love, and kindness.
  • Joy and celebration: we make room for joy, laughter, and singing as a form of spiritual care.
  • Excellence of care: we deliver the best possible care and maintain the highest standards of midwifery.
  • Honesty and integrity: we are truthful and open with our clients and with one another.
  • Affordability and access: we are committed to serving women who would not otherwise have access to high quality midwifery care.
  • Empowerment through education: we educate women because we believe that their empowerment will change the world.
  • Personal relationship: we work to connect with each woman by name and by story in order to best serve their diverse needs.


We are discouraged by what happened with baby Gracie yesterday, we hope and pray that she will be okay and that she will grow up to be loved and honored. We fight to remain hopeful because we know hopelessness is the enemy of justice.

"...With hope because hopelessness is the enemy of justice.
With courage because peace requires bravery.
With persistence because justice is a constant struggle..."
(Source: The National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Alabama)

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Why Am I Here Again?

Sister visit!!!


The weight of (my) responsibility is something that I handle quite well-ish 82% of the time.  

That is to say, I am upright and can speak to you about it with some level of professionalism. You may not even know that I sometimes find it a bit suffocating. 

It is just 18% of the time that I need to consider a half an Ativan, deep breathing exercises, sobbing hysterically on my bed, or getting on an airplane.  (Vodka is no longer on the list of options.) 

I am always aware that there are things that the infrastructure of this country literally won't allow for; certain injuries that cannot be dealt with quickly enough  - or at all. I am always aware that my phone can ring any time day or night and something medically intense is happening and staff will be looking to me to come make the call about what to do. I am always aware that if nurses or midwives quit or don't show up, those shifts are going to need to be covered. I am always aware that while birth can be made safer, it is never ever risk free and until a Mom and baby are about 24 to 48 hours out, things can turn south without warnings or signs in advance. When that happens, the decisions fall to just one or two of us. I am always aware that situations here can change on a dime. (Or a gourde for that matter) One minute you might be sitting in your truck totally in control and thinking the day is going to be normal, and the next some huge thing is unfolding before your very eyes in traffic. (Recently KJ and I drove up upon some sort of weird situation - it equalled two guys being killed by the cops. The dead men were laid across one another in an X shape in the intersection to make a statement.  The statement to me was, "Holy Cow, this place is unpredictable and sometimes freaky!" I think to others it maybe meant something else.  Anyway, we managed to be there at the wrong time and saw the human X display.)

So, on the days where I am operating out of the insanely overwhelmed 18% I really do need to talk to myself about calming the heck down and just taking things one at a time as much as that is possible.  (And also, just realizing most of this is not within my control in the first place so I try to remember I don't have the option to fix most things.) 

Yesterday was crazy. Nothing terrible, just one situation after the next. I got into it with our security guard and from there it just continued to be conflict and challenge. By the time 4:30 arrived and it was time to go pick up my sister from the airport I was fried.

Troy came with me to the airport, because he is a wonderful human and he has a sixth sense about when I might snap. Perhaps he wanted to be the driver, in order to protect us all??? 

On the way home I asked him to stop at the store. I wanted to run in and buy apples and bleach.  I planned to get the gross yellow stains in the armpits out of a few of my white t-shirts.  The apples have nothing to do with that. 

I got in the store, saw that the only apples they had were the gross kind.  I kept walking and realized I did not know what the other thing I wanted was anymore.  I went up and down a few aisles to see if my old-lady brain would kick it up a notch and maybe I'd remember.  Finally I had to admit I was going to wander around aimlessly unless I asked Troy.  I called Troy from inside the store.  He answered from the parking lot and reminded me, "You are there to buy bleach, Tara."

When I came out of the store Troy and my sister waved obnoxiously at me from the truck, told me their names and treated me like an Alzheimer's patient.  

It's the new shtick, mocking my non-functioning short term memory.  

Unfortunately, I always give them more material.  

We pulled out of the parking lot and I couldn't find my phone.  We pulled over and I searched my purse. Troy called my phone. No ring in my purse. I went back in the store and talked to the cashier of the line I was in. She said she had not seen it. I asked at the service-desk of the store. Everyone was helping the forgetful old lady find her phone.  

I put my hand in my purse again to grab a pen to write down my information if it was found ... and VOILA,  turns out it was found. 

Why am I here again?




Saturday, March 09, 2019

Bacon or Sex: One of life's most important questions!





I recognize that I am a fairly laid back parent.  

I think some would even call me, "permissive". 

I was not always this way.

Call it what you will, I've been at this for 29 years and I've lost my will to fight. 

I tried rigid and conservative.  I tried medium chill.  Now I am trying "you're an adult soon, so this is how it it is".

All that to say,  I had no issue allowing my teenagers to see A Star Is Born, which is rated R.   They watched it with another 18 year old friend and their teacher.

(Sidebar: I am still a strict freak about Internet hours - they don't get more than a few hours a day until they live somewhere else on their own.) 

I know some of you gasp at that.  It's okay. They are okay.  We live in a very thin place in the world, they see the effects of injustice and they understand sexual assault and manipulation and abuse of power within relationships. They know about consent and equality too. An R rated movie is tame compared to real life. I have always wanted my kids to know what is real. I cannot help them navigate life if they only know rainbows and puffy clouds. 

My 29-year research project has led me to the conclusion that parenting styles and the outcomes a particular style might produce is less consistent than a roulette wheel. 

That to say, one LITERALLY has nothing to do with the other.  Good parents have hard kids. Bad parents have easy kids. Etc. Etc. Vice Versa. Everyone is just rolling the dice.

A parent that is strict may end up with two sons in jail.  Another parent that is medium chill ends up with one drug addict, one mini Mother Teresa (Saint Teresa of Calcutta), and one honest hard worker making $20 bucks an hour in middle management while being a good Dad to his kids. Some permissive parents have one off the rails and one solving world hunger. 

All that to say, I neither take the credit nor the blame for my kids. 

I love them unconditionally and attempt deep relationship with each of them as individuals - (that feels key to me, they are so different) -and that's my priority - but if my style of discipline and guidelines and/or support end up creating a problematic adult, I say, "Yeah. I rolled the dice just like you guys."

NONE of that is my point.  

My point is to tell a hilarious story.

Isaac and Hope watched A Star is Born with their teacher Stefanie. Stef told me that when the scene came where a beautiful breakfast was being served to Handsome Brad and Gaga the Lady the kids were thrilled with the sight of the fancy breakfast with thick strips of Bacon.  

When Brad and Gaga got up to leave the table to make love, having not eaten the Bacon yet, the kids lost their minds in utter disbelief.   


"WHAT WHAT THIS IS NOT REAL!!"  

They exclaimed to Stef, "Nobody would leave bacon like that, would they???"

Faced with a difficult decision, Stef told them the truth, a couple in love might actually choose to make love over eating breakfast. 


Isaac and Hope Livesay  (but especially Isaac) wish to go on record with this:  

Bacon is their priority. 


Kids with Scott Salvant last week :)


They hope it is yours as well.

Thursday, March 07, 2019

Working Women - Working For Women


I wrote about an inspirational working 
woman in celebration of
Friday, March 8, 2019.

Please go read about her HERE

#BALANCEforBETTER




Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Discover Humanity






We live in a fearful world.  

I suppose my opinion could be dismissed by many, but I'd like to share it none the less.  That's what blogs were created for, yes? 

People are awfully fearful of one another.  We tend to make decisions quickly about folks we feel are unlike us. There is a lot of them vs. us stuff going on in this day and age. 

There are legitimate things to be concerned about, don't get me wrong. I just don't think we are generally worried about the truly frightening things.

The fear of people that are different than us seems to have irreversible momentum.  

I read Twitter and listen to the way things are portrayed in the news and I see a whole lot of fear and even more hype.

I don't want to be afraid of people that believe or relate or experience life differently than I do.  

More importantly, I don't want to raise children that are fearful of differences.  

I'm sharing this new film to show you that people in Haiti are just people. We all want the same things. The media shows mainly the negative things, they don't necessarily work too hard to see the nuanced picture.  

There is always more than meets the eye.



Dear Livesay Family-
As the first destination on our newly-launched global project Discover Humanity (www.discoverhumanity.online), we came to Haiti in December and created a short film about the life and culture we experienced there. 


The goal of the Humanity project is to create cultural, human-focused short films that capture a real look at life in every country of the world. These films also offer local people the chance to share a message with the rest of the world. 

Creators of the Humanity project
+1 323 617 2928 (WhatsApp)
YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/2V2NgKF

Monday, February 11, 2019

Life Marches On

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In the middle of a political and economic crisis, while the stones are being thrown, the tires burned, and the protests organized, life goes on. While emotions and deep hurts are on raw display, women continue to put their heads down and care for their children. When the U.S. Embassy warns its employees to "shelter in place" and while stores close down and schools are cancelled, women continue to have babies.

I can no more explain what is happening Haiti than I can explain what is happening in Washington D.C.  It's all a shit show. I only know this: It makes life so much more difficult for the materially poor, especially women.

We ask that you keep our staff and Midwives and the 125+ women they care for in your thoughts and prayers. Each day we ask that they come to work if at all possible. The excellent and committed caregivers that they are; they always seem to find a way to arrive to work. 

In the coming two weeks Christella, Martine, Judith, Clercina, Cedilia, and MarieFrancelene are all due to deliver their little ones.  Last week six new little people joined the chaos on the outside.  

Life marches on, birth and care giving continue. 

(To support the work of Heartline Ministries & The Heartline Maternity Center, go here, click give.)

Thursday Kenneth was born a few weeks premature and is with his mom in postpartum recovery right now.


**Photo Credit- GettyImages - No copyright infringement is intended**

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ANNOUNCEMENT - ALL INFORMATION AT THIS LINK

WHEN AND WHERE WILL CLASSES TAKE PLACE?

  • Port au Prince, Haiti
July 16-19, 2019  (This class will be in English only)
  • Port au Prince, Haiti
November 5-8, 2019 (This class will be in English with Creole translators)
  • Online and in Port au Prince, Haiti
February 2020 (Additional details to come)

WHAT IS THE STARTING PLACE?

In the class and manual, we go over everything from meeting a newly pregnant woman at the door for the very first time, to offering her an effective and culturally appropriate method of family planning after her child is born. Our manual includes very specific outlines of all facets of care, setting up the structures necessary, help with budgeting, staffing, forms, charting, supply lists, sourcing ideas, and protocols. 
After years of trial and error, the class and manual share what we know works. This class and our manual can potentially save your organization thousands of dollars as well as energy spent re-creating the wheel.

WHAT IS IT NOT?

This class does not teach Midwifery. This is not a medical training class, although the manual includes dozens of medical protocols. The assumption is that a medically trained and legally licensed medical professional will be present at your clinic/birth center/prenatal program. We expect that clinic administrators will want to take this class, and that your medical staff is trained and prepared for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care of the mother and baby. If you are seeking training to become a Nurse Midwife or Midwife, please know this class is not your first stop.

WHO CAN ATTEND?

Administrators, Directors, Midwives, Nurses, and Medical Professionals desiring to work in any under-resourced area in the world.  Please note that our Maternity Center model is donor-funded and is essentially a free program for clients that live below the poverty line.
Please visit this link for information about applying.