Dear Friends of Maison de Naissance,

We have exciting news! After a two-year suspension, we resumed delivering babies on Monday June 6th! During those two plus years, we continued to provide prenatal and postpartum care, family planning services, immunizations, HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, women’s reproductive health care, well-baby care and community outreach. We also provided transport for moms in labor to the local hospital for childbirth, with supplies as needed for C-sections.

And even more good news – Maison de Naissance has been awarded a permanent license from the Haitian Ministry of Health and Population – the first birth center in Haiti so recognized.

A very generous donor will match up to $20,000 of all donations from new donors through August 1. Resuming deliveries requires another vehicle for the transportation of patients and five additional staff members. Eventually, also, we will need to expand our postpartum facilities as required by the Ministry of Health and Population.

Please join our family of donors. As my co-founder Dr. Stan Shaffer recently said, “The time is right for Maison de Naissance to build on its past achievements and current strengths.”

Please be among our number to celebrate all that we do for babies and families in Haiti at a time when your donation will be matched.

Mesi anpil! (Thank you very much!),

Dr. Betsy Wickstrom,
Co-founder and Board President,
Global Birthing Home Foundation
Sponsor of Maison de Naissance Birth Center

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Presiding Bishop of US Episcopal Church Speaks on Haiti Five Years After the 2010 Earthquake

 
 
 
 

This article from the New York Times affirms our model of midwifery care.

British Regulator Urges Home Births Over Hospitals for Uncomplicated Pregnancies

Women with uncomplicated pregnancies are better off with midwives, as
hospitalization increased the chances of surgical intervention and infection,
guidelines suggested.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/12/04/world/british-regulator-urges-home-births-over-hospitals-for-uncomplicated-pregnancies.html?mwrsm=Email

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Every Newborn Action Plan

 
 

SG 8This is what Maison de Naissance is all about! Significantly reducing maternal and newborn mortality rates in impoverished communities. Every donation helps save lives.

• The World Health Organization (@WHO) has recently renewed its commitments to maternal and newborn health, developing the Every Newborn Action Plan to eliminate preventable deaths. Yet who provides the exceptional care to the mothers and newborns? MIDWIVES!

• The important report by The Lancet on midwifery highlights the power of midwifery: “This is the most critical, wide-reaching examination of midwifery to date, and it includes a broad range of clinical, policy, and health system perspectives”. In low-resource settings a model developed as part of the series “predicts that over 15 years, maternal and newborn mortality and stillbirths could be reduced by between 27% and 82%.”

The Projected Effect of Scaling Up Midwifery: “With universal coverage of midwifery interventions for maternal and newborn health 61% of all maternal, fetal, and neonatal deaths could be prevented. Family planning alone could prevent 57% of all deaths because of reduced fertility and fewer pregnancies. Midwifery with both family planning and interventions for maternal and newborn health could avert a total of 83% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and neonatal deaths.”

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MN’s Newest Project Featured on SeedGrants!

 
 

Global Birthing Home Foundation’s newest project at MN, a living fence surrounding 20 community garden plots, has been accepted as a ‘pilot’ cause on the new crowd funding site, SeedGrants.org

Click HERE to see our featured project page on their site!

Future Community Garden Space

Future Community Garden Space

 

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Trip Report Following a Denver School of Nursing Visit to MN

 
 
 
 
 
 
Left to right: Harold Thervil, Rosena Baptiste, Chrisnel Guichette and Kirsty Bourret

Left to right: Herold Thervil, Rosena Baptiste, Chrisnel Guichette and Kirsty Bourret

Since March 2013, Kirsty Bourret has filled the shoes of Maison de Naissance’s Director. However, after 12 months of managing the medical care provided at Maison de Naissance (MN) she has decided to move with her family back to Canada to pursue a doctoral degree. Over the past year, Kirsty has made great sacrifices in order for every patient at MN to receive the best care possible. We cannot thank her enough for the time and effort she has put into making sure MN runs smoothly.

Before her departure, Kirsty highly recommended a colleague, Rosena Baptiste, to fill her position as Director. The two first became acquainted when working together at the Save the Children Fund. Ms. Baptiste’s extensive resume consists of layers upon layers of qualifying experiences. Her commitment to organizations such as the Save the Children Fund and CARE-Haiti represent her extensive knowledge of health barriers within Haiti, in addition to her dedication to improving the quality of life in Haiti. As a native Haitian, Rosena brings an essential local perspective that will continue to strengthen community ties with individuals seeking care, as well as with members of the Haitian Ministry of Health.

Welcoming Rosena Baptiste to Maison de Naissance as our new Director signifies a major accomplishment for our organization. Since the inception of the maternal health center there has always been a goal to make Maison de Naissance fully operated by local, Haitian employees. This goal was achieved when Rosena Baptiste accepted the position of Director. In order to move towards a fully sustainable model, MN has to be staffed by trained and educated community locals, who understand best how to work within the economic and political structure of Haiti.

Please, join us in welcoming Ms. Baptiste to her new position as MN Director!

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It Takes A Team

 
 

SG 8

It takes a great team of people to keep the wonderful care going at Maison de Naissance. Our nurse midwives have the greatest responsibility for providing prenatal care and consultations to the women who come through our door every day. Their title is “Infirmiere Sage Femme” which literally translates to Nurse Wise Woman.

This reflects the years of training, both in the classroom, and in the exam and delivery rooms, which they undertake to complete their profession. Nurse midwives are ably assisted by assistant midwives. Maison de Naissance was able to send four of our assistant nurses to a training program in Hinche, run by Midwives For Haiti, to attain an assistant midwife title. Their responsibilities include simple prenatal care, HIV counseling, and vaccinations.

Out in the surrounding area, our community health workers (CHW)  are checking blood pressure, distributing vitamins and anti-worm medication, and educating their village neighbors about the importance of prenatal care and skilled attendance at delivery. Our lab technicians work daily to provide routine prenatal labs and HIV/ syphilis testing to every patient! All of these clinical workers are supported by administrative, clerical, facilities management, driving and cleaning staff.

We do thousands of clinical visits every month- and it takes the whole staff to do it. Your gift to pay salaries for our employees is the life blood of Maison de Naissance. We can’t do it without you, so THANK YOU!

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Madeleine’s Story

 
 

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Today, Madeleine took her baby boy home from the hospital. Four days ago, she didn’t know if either of them would be alive by morning. Madeleine came to Maison de Naissance for a visit, because she felt sick. Her head hurt, her hands and feet were swollen, she was seeing spots, and she had pain by her rib cage. She had been warned by her midwife and her community health worker that these could be signs of preeclampsia, a severe disease which can cause seizures in the mother, bleeding from a torn placenta, and death of the baby.

Though this was her first baby and she had been seen at MN only once, Madeleine knew her due date was a month off and she wasn’t sure it was time for her baby to come. She only knew how terrible she felt. As she rode the back of her neighbor’s motorbike along the bumpy dirt roads to MN, she became worried. She wasn’t feeling the baby move as much today, and her head was hurting worse. By the time she arrived at MN, her blood pressure was very high and she began bleeding. The assistant midwife who was seeing her called for help, and an auxilliaire brought medication to keep Madeleine from having a seizure, while an IV was started.

Grabbing a pack of supplies for a cesarean section, the auxilliare accompanied Madeleine in the MN ambulance to drive into Les Cayes to the General Hospital, where a cesarean section could be performed. Thanks to Madeleine recognizing the warning signs of preeclampsia, the quick work of the MN clinical staff, and the expert driving of the chauffeur, she made it to the hospital in time to save her son and herself. YOUR donation to keep our ambulance in excellent repair saved Madeleine’s life, and that of her son. We can’t thank you enough!

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The Importance of Care

 
 

SG 45

The word care can mean many things. At Maison de Naissance, it means that women receive counseling, education, medicines, lab tests, and loving attention every day, from expertly trained and dedicated members of our staff. It means that these elements of caring are provided without charge, and without discrimination, to all women who come to us. This is particularly important for women with HIV.

In Haiti, there is a stigma attached to having a positive test for HIV, and it can be difficult for a woman to accept this news. The counseling that accompanies this testing sets the stage for our mothers to understand that there is hope. They can receive medications to help keep their virus under control and prevent their baby from becoming infected. Collaboration with the PEPFAR program in Haiti helps provide medication and the staff necessary to expertly complete the record keeping that insures all of our patients are tested, all of the positive patients are treated, and all of the HIV positive mothers are given medicine in labor to keep their babies safe.

It’s just one element of the care received at MN, but it’s a vital part of Berneice’s story. Berneice’s husband was HIV positive when they met and married, but he did not share this news with her. When she became pregnant right away, she was thrilled and went to Maison de Naissance for an early prenatal visit. She was devastated to learn that she tested positive for the virus, having had no other partners besides her husband. She felt very alone- never having known anyone who survived with HIV. After several visits to MN, she began connecting with the Mothers’ Club and met other women living with HIV and their healthy babies. Berneice was able to complete her course of daily medication, keep her nutrition up, pull herself out of depression, and deliver a healthy baby boy with the help of MN. Your donations kept our doors open and the lights on so that together we could save Berneice’s life, and the life of her son.

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Jocelyne’s Story

 
 

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Jocelyne was pregnant. She knew that all pregnant women feel tired, but she never felt as though she was getting enough sleep. Sometimes she felt feverish as well. Her sister encouraged her to visit Maison de Naissance, which was in the nearby village of Larnage and provided modern, expert pregnancy care.

It took her another two weeks to get enough money to pay for a motorbike taxi, but she made it to Maison de Naissance and waited in the thatched roof courtyard for her appointment. To her surprise, the staff came out first thing in the morning and prayed with all of the waiting women, that their babies would be healthy and that God would guide the hands and minds of the midwives and their assistants.

Shortly afterward, Jocelyne found herself inside, being weighed and having her blood pressure checked. As soon as she told the assistant midwife about her fatigue and fevers, she was sent to the laboratory. A test confirmed that she had malaria, and needed treatment right away. Jocelyne was worried; her friend’s child had been stillborn after her friend had malaria during pregnancy. Jocelyne received medicine for the malaria, prenatal vitamins, iron to help build up healthy red blood cells, and an appointment to come back in a month. She kept looking around for where she should pay for her care, but the clerk at the front desk only smiled and told her there would be no charge.

Jocelyne continued to come to Maison de Naissance – four visits in all. She labored naturally and her beautiful daughter was brought into the world at a healthy six pounds. Jocelyn’s story would be very different if not for YOUR gift of life. Your support of our prenatal care visits, medications and lab tests, brings life to our neighbors in rural Haiti. Many, many thanks!

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MN Visit Trip Reflection by Allison Coffelt

 
 

Fall Reflections on a visit to Maison de Naissance
By Allison Coffelt, 11/4/2013

Fall colors slowly drip from leaves here in the middle of the country. I think of Haiti. After my time in Maison de Naissance this summer, my thoughts often circle back to the staff, the clinicians, and the patients in surprising ways.

I remember Gerard Osseline, Miss Osseline, who sits in her small room of the secondary building, day after day, seeing women who come for family planning. She counsels couples and prescribes contraceptive options. She has three children of her own; two of whom go to medical school in the Dominican. She wears cheaters to see her charts, she pulls her hair back in a bun, and she smiles easily.

I ask why she wanted to be a nurse. “When I was young, I always thought about helping people. I love helping people, that’s why I chose this path.”

I hear this over and over at MN. I hear it from the nurses, the community health promoters, the sanitation workers, the drivers, and the administrators.
Community first.

Back at home, with the students I tutor in the Writing Center, I hear an iteration of , “I want to help people”, in every personal statement I read. It’s a common refrain. But something feels different about the way people at MN say it. Maybe I’m being duped, but they say it matter-of-factly. They say it like it’s the only thing they’ve really ever wanted; they say it like it’s the only thing to do; they say it and they know the people working around them say it, too, and believe it. They don’t think it makes them special; they know it makes them human.

Louis Fresnel, Community Health Program coordinator, holds a degree in IT and corroborates data the Health Promoters bring back. Louis drives a bright red moto. He wears plaid button down shirts. He grins often, especially when he shows pictures the pictures he keeps on his phone of his young daughter.
“What do you like about your job?”

He laughs a little. “I love my job because it helps me to gain very good experience with people and make a connection with people in my community. God gave me another perception to see how we could help each other. I love my job because I can live jointly and in collaboration with the people.

“It keeps you connected to the community?”

“Yes, day and night. After I finish working at night, people can come to me and say, ‘We need this, we need that, so can you help me?’, and I get up and see what I can do.”

Louis has worked at MN for more than six years. When he was attending Episcopal University, he learned about MN’s need for people in IT.

“I’m from MN’s community, so I filled out an application just to see how it went. In May 2007, I started working.”

Louis and Gerard are only two of the people I met who are serving, training, and battling the daily grind to realize the right of health care for women and their newborns. They know it is their community. They dream of expansion, of health care beyond pregnancy and babies, to be able to serve their community in fuller capacities.

Brown will leak into the leaves as they crisp and fall in the next few weeks. We will turn our sights to the bright holidays, to gratitude, to winter. I think of Haiti. I ask you to think of Haiti. At Maison de Naissance, they need to be able to keep working, which can only happen with our support.

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Haitian Goggles

 
 

GlobeMed Girls

An excerpt of a journal entry:

A couple thoughts I had today while walking:

Haiti may be seen as an “unsafe” country, and it may be for “foreigners”.  But everyday, children of all ages are walking to school by themselves.  I have seen a few parents walking with their children in school uniforms but the majority of the time, kids are walking by themselves or with their group of friends.  There was a little girl that was walking with us for about 10 minutes today.  Not because we were “blan” (white person) but because that’s the way to her house.  She was so sassy and confident, just struttin’ her stuff on her everyday walk.  Even in P-au-P the kids are walking to school.  It definitely says something about the culture and these communities; that kids are safe to walk 10-15 minutes each day by themselves to school without their parents having to worry.  It also says something about the importance of education to these kids.  Who knows how far they walk some days!

 

Last year we drove past this group of homes that looked like a bunch of silos.  Metal, round homes.  I didn’t think much of it; some foreign company probably financed these homes.  But today we walked into them to locate a mother for our survey.  The “village” was fenced in, with what seemed to be a community farm/garden and a little convenience store at the front.  As you walked down the road to the village center (where all the homes were), we passed a pavilion like structure, which was either unfinished or open for the weather.  Rosembert was talking to me about the village.  Granted, it was a little rough to understand his whole story but from the gist of it, it seemed that the village was not as helpful as it may have intended to be.  Rosembert mentioned the difference between a need and a desire.  The people who built the village obviously had a desire to help the people.  But was there a need?  The village structure itself seemed very nice; about 4 homes in a circle with a middle structure (a concrete slab with a thatched roof over it) similar to a gazebo.  Then there was another larger middle structure in the very center of the entire village.  But after walking through the entire zone of service last year and this year, and seeing all these different villages it seems to be completely contradictory to the way everyone else lives.  They seemed to be closed off from the rest of the community.  Even the homes themselves are so similar, the families are unable to personalize the homes with the bright colors and soft curtains many of the other homes have here. Was this a need or a desire of these people?

 

Emma Flowers

GROW Team Member

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It’s All About The People

 
 

Audrey Coventry

Before you read, keep in mind that I write more than I speak – I’m not a great summarizer (as you can probably see). Even so, there’s no way I could have possibly hoped to include everything I wanted to in this short essay. I tried to touch on the main points, but just know that there was so much more to this experience than my amateur writing skills could have encompassed.

 

I was finishing up my semester, just a couple weeks before finals, and I was on Skype with my parents discussing Mountains Beyond Mountains. I was not even halfway through, and like so many others I was already incredibly inspired. It confirmed my idea of a career in medicine, and I especially wanted to explore outside of my privileged first-world bubble. My mom spontaneously suggested I take a trip to Haiti, and after realizing she was serious, I said “yes” half a dozen times. My parents knew about Maison de Naissance and contacted Jim Grant about a potential volunteer opportunity for me. Somehow the timing was perfect, and two weeks later I was on a plane to Port-au-Prince with Jim and a wonderful group of GlobeMed girls from Truman State.

 

There were so many new sights arriving in Haiti, I couldn’t take my eyes off the window driving through Port-au-Prince and rural Haiti to get to Les Cayes. The country is wild – road lanes are an illusion, you can buy a delicious food from the side of the road out of the window of your car, and even in the countryside things aren’t as neat and tidy as what we are used to. But the system works; there’s really a charm to the unpolished lifestyle, and it’s truly refreshing compared to our extremely structured nation. However, as mentally prepared as I thought I was, the poverty was still striking. I’d heard the stories, I’d seen pictures, but the reality of a situation can’t fully hit you until you see it first-hand. Living in tarp slums, worrying about how to provide for your children…that’s life, that’s reality for so many people. It opened my eyes to a whole new picture of what the human experience and “life” can be.

 

We arrived in Les Cayes, and the next day, we went to MN for a bit of a tour. I was honestly very impressed. The number of patients and mothers they help in childbirth, prenatal and infant care, testing, and education is astounding considering the size of MN and the rural community. In addition, the atmosphere was always very calm, and every measure is taken to ensure every patient’s privacy. Then and over the next couple of days, the girls and I randomly selected names for their survey to get a statistically significant analysis of the vaccination levels of the babies in the MN zone of service born in 2012. We found that a large portion of the women who visit come from areas outside of the zone, which demonstrates just how great the impact of the clinic is on the community.

 

When it was time to go out and administer the surveys, we went out in groups with Haitian community health workers and translators to guide us around the rural community. They were such happy and friendly people, and very enthusiastic about the data we were trying to obtain for their community. The mothers we found were just the same – they were happy to take the survey, and they even brought out their babies and, if they had enough, chairs for all of us. We all felt so privileged to be so welcomed. The entire afternoon was incredible, but I have to say listening to Rosenbert, my group’s translator, was one of the highlights. Rosenbert is a very wise man that has a family and helps his community with whatever project he can. I remember specifically two things he said that really stuck with me. One was, “I love to praise God – God gives me everything.” Not everyone could have gotten back on his or her feet after suffering everything that Haiti has suffered. You see it painted on buses, on the roadside, in the fields, everywhere – if there’s one thing these people have, it’s faith. Regardless of your own personal beliefs, the relationships they have with God are inspiring and so genuine. Rosenbert also said, “It is good to visit other countries to see how people live. But Haiti is your home – you have friends in Haiti.” And it was true – I had Miss Lily, our community health worker, the witty cooks at our guesthouse, and even one of the local cats. Haitians are so much happier than many Americans I know, even though they have next-to-nothing by our standards, they have faith, and they have family.

 

The last two days I was back at MN to fill data into the online database. I admit, it wasn’t quite as exciting as doing the fieldwork, but I still got to hang around the clinic and talk to a few people, as well as notice random statistics in the fields I was entering. At the end of my stay, it felt so strange to say goodbye to the GlobeMed girls and the Haitians I’d met. One week had felt like at least two, and though I write a lot I could not hope to include a decent fraction of everything I experienced. Mountains Beyond Mountains certainly did not let me down, and there is no way I could forget about this place.

 

I’ll make room for one more thing on this attempt at a summary: it’s all about the people. If there’s one thing I learned during my time in Haiti, that’s it. It’s all about the people. So many try, but you cannot understand what Haitians or any people need, want, believe, think, and feel until you get to know them yourself. I would encourage everyone to have an enlightening experience such as this one in his or her lifetime, but that truly must be kept in mind. These people with so little still have so much, and they have even more to teach us all.

 

Audrey Coventry

Volunteer at Maison de Naissance

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My First Trip to Haiti

 
 

2013 GROW at Brenda2

The months leading up to the GROW internship were filled with planning, preparations, travel arrangements, and budgeting. With so much going on, I never really stopped to think about what it would be like to actually be in Haiti or what it would be like to finally see Maison de Naissance – the place I’ve been fundraising for and hearing about nonstop for the past few years. Now, as my time in Haiti wraps up, I can honestly say I couldn’t have asked for a better experience.

The culture and society of Haiti was alarmingly different than my life at home. Yet, although I was surrounded by a life style that was completely foreign to me, I never once felt sorry for, or pitied, anyone. I think to go into another culture and pity them would be of utmost disrespect. And who is to say that my privileged lifestyle is necessarily superior? From what I saw, Haitian life is not easy; it is based on hard work and resilience. Families stay close and look out for one another. Energy is not wasted on many of the unnecessary stresses that I subject myself to in my life at home. And above all, they seem happy. Also, they are extraordinarily talented at balancing very large baskets of bread, clothes, food, and donkeys (kidding) on their heads! Haiti isn’t the luckiest of countries; they’ve been dealt a rough hand. Yet, the people continually pick themselves up, brush themselves off, and push onward – a quality that I admire greatly and hope to mimic.

Our project was centered about gathering data from women, who gave birth in 2012, in the service zone of Maison de Naissance. This gave us the unique opportunity to visit different communities and work with both translators and community health workers, all while walking the beautiful Haitian countryside. This gave me a closer look into what their life was really like. I immediately noticed many striking similarities: children taunting and teasing each other, mothers holding onto their babies lovingly, and conversation between neighbors or friends. These similarities proved that laughter, love, and friendship are universal concepts.

There are so many little things I want to remember from this trip: the beauty of the immense mountains, the precious uniforms on the school children, a certain intern (ahem, Megan) falling into a bush after crossing a log over a river, the kiss on the cheek I received from a tiny little Haitian boy as he approached me on his porch, the sounds of a baby being born (simultaneously painful and amazing), and many many many more. But most of all, I think it’s the people I’ve met who will stick in my memories the most – the patience of the translators, community health workers and drivers, the kindness of the mothers and families, and the many random people we interacted with.  Overall, I can’t say enough good things about my stay in Haiti. The country and people of Haiti will stay very dear to me for a long time.

Claire Cioni

GROW Team Member

 

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MN Trip 2013 by Emma Flowers and Emily John, Truman State University GlobeMed Chapter

 
 

2013 GROW team at MN1

We are two days into the GlobeMed project to conduct a vaccination survey for Maison de Naissance in Torbeck, Haiti, and things are picking up nicely! Our project for the year is to survey mothers who delivered a baby at MN during 2012 and to see the vaccination and overall health status of the baby.

Today, we divided into three groups, each consisting of one or two Truman State students, a translator, and an MN Community Health Worker. Before heading out into the community around 10AM, the community health workers sorted through the sample list of mothers and picked 15-20 names to survey for the day. This may not sound like much, but the homes are scattered over a wide expanse of rural farms, and have no addresses. Often, the mothers who delivered at MN do not reside there, but came to stay with family members when ready to deliver their baby, for easy access to the MN birthing center.

So far, this project has been a very eye-opening and enriching experience! We love walking along the roads and paths, and interacting with the local Haitian community. More exciting than seeing the community, every time we reach a mother to survey, she brings out her beautiful baby for us to meet!! These moments are wonderful because we gain a more tangible understanding of life in Haiti. It is a great privilege to work alongside the MN staff and a great honor to meet the mothers and babies within the MN community.

Every day is a new experience. Whether it is walking through a different village and seeing the different types of houses, or getting to see all of the babies, ranging from a few months old to a little over a year old, we are able to see the impact MN has on the community. Just yesterday we got to see a baby that was born last Friday! She was so tiny and the mother was very proud. We look forward to these special opportunities to work with the Community Health Workers and those within MN’s zone of service as we continue the survey work.

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On My Most Recent Trip to Haiti

 
 

On my most recent trip to Haiti (my 25th, I think) to visit the MN birthing center, I started with the usual optimism – a long list of tasks I hoped to complete, and the determination to accomplish them. What followed was the reality of Haiti – two days without any internet (critical to my 1st and 2nd priorities), followed closely by what project managers like to call ‘scope creep’, but in reality would be called ‘scope leap’ in Haiti. How I keep my sanity is a question I often encounter at home. The answer is perspective. I can go back to all the comforts of home on the day (well. sometimes 2 days) of my choice. The people am here to serve, who never seem to get frustrated or discouraged, do not have that option. The medical records server I was here to replace that took 2 1/2 days to implement on the MN LAN, had been inaccessible to the MN staff for over 3 months.

Once following a series of hurricanes, MN had no power or water for 3 months. They never missed a beat, and carried on with candles, kerosene lamps, and truck headlights when a baby decided to be born at night. Most of this time, during the rainy season, the ceiling leaked in every room of the center. The spirit of our midwives and all of the support staff never flagged.

Another time, for 10 days our group was prevented from getting outside of Les Cayes, or occasionally even around in Les Cayes, by daily torrential rains. We did not accomplish most of what we had intended, and a few were quite disgruntled and disillusioned by the experience. Meanwhile, our Haitian partners carried on – just another day, every day. And so it goes, every day; and so I will be back again in two weeks, with a long list and high hopes!

Jim Grant, Executive Director
Global Birthing Home Foundation

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Saving Moms at Birth

 
 

Please look at how USAID has visually represented the importance of saving moms at birth.

“But mothers cannot thrive unless they survive, and one of their greatest hazards is childbirth.”

Saving Moms At Birth

Find out how Maison de Naissance is helping to reduce maternal mortality among impoverished women in Torbeck, Haiti by visiting http://www.globalbirthinghomefoundation.com

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If you have never been to Haiti…

 
 

If you have never been to Haiti (or even if you have), take a moment to read this reflection from Maxine Brenner, one of last year’s TSU GlobeMed visitors to the MN clinic. This is what we are all about.

The experience I had in at Maison de Naissance (MN) in Haiti was not like anything I could have anticipated. Upon seeing the difference between the US and Haitian views on life and work I had to take a step back, and take some time to process the contrasts. I was fortunate to engage in teamwork in an environment completely new to me, and I am so blessed to have been part of such a passionate and diverse team devoted to keeping moms and babies healthy.

Traveling to Haiti as an MN volunteer was beyond exhilarating. It was amazing to see how much passion motivates the moms, families, employees and volunteers at MN. Upon my arrival, I was immediately welcomed, and became consumed with our project, conducting a community health survey. Everyone worked together for one ultimate purpose: to provide the women of Torbeck, Haiti with safe and effective women’s and newborn health care, in an impoverished community where there are no other options.

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Birth of a birthing home

 
 
 
 

How one birthing home is working to change the maternal health status quo in rural Haiti.

If you live in the USA, the average cost of a delivery without complications is $11,530. Global health organizations rank American healthcare in the top 10, so the odds are in the mother’s favor that she will have a safe delivery of a healthy baby. If there are complications, the costs will rise accordingly, but the odds are still good that the baby will live a healthy, normal life.

In rural Haiti, the availability of healthcare services is not a given, and quality healthcare, particularly maternal healthcare, is a rarity and difficult to obtain for most women. This is one of the main reasons that Haiti has the highest maternal and infant mortality rates in the western hemisphere.

At Maison de Naissance, it is our mission to provide every mother with the opportunity for a safe delivery of a healthy baby. Our formula includes 3 prenatal visits, HIV/AIDS testing, midwife supervised delivery, one postpartum visit, one family planning consultation, and a well baby visit, all for $115! That is one percent of the cost here in the USA, and our total cost to deliver a healthy baby at MN. We have delivered over 4,000 babies at MN, without a single maternal mortality, and a neonatal mortality rate of less than 2% – one quarter of the Haitian national average.

You can save a mother’s life today, with a donation of $115 to Maison de Naissance, and give her baby a chance at a healthy life, too! Just click on “Donate” in the menu bar.

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A mattress the most important furniture you will ever buy and use, to read more about this click here. Invention of mattress was part of human nature in seeking environmental comfort.Regarding comfort of mattress , here are the two things to be considered:

A) Spine support is vital

A good mattress will adjust to the natural curves of your body, supporting your spine in the process. A mattress that is too soft or its hard then it forces our spine to bend, this causes a person to slouch . Thats not a effective and healthy manner to sleep. Thus spine support is the most and top reason amongst checlist.

B)Motion Transfer Wave

While sharing your mattress, a move from your side should not shake the other person. Motion waves should be socked up such that the waves don't disturb your partner.

C)Body Heat

Our body emits heat all the time, if mattress is unable to dissipate this heat, we could sense sweating and itching sensation in middle of the sleep. This cannot be accepted at any cause. Thus always find a mattress that is branded and heat is dissipated away. TIPSTrial period is must.This is important and you should not purchase a bed without this guaranty. To adjust your sleep with new bed, it should take somewhere 3-4 weeks usually. Thus don’t give up on a bed after a few bad nights. Give your body some time to adjust with the new bed.

pro: Buying mattress is a long term commitment. Thus its worth being sure about which mattress suits you before choosing one.

con: The time consuming and laborious procedure of lifting and shifting the mattress in case you are not satisfied may feel like a hard work.

Talk to sales guy: He indeed gets his commission from the sale. But please remember once you return the mattress that he sold, he stands to loose much more. This ensures best service from them. They are the so-called experts in deciding the best suited mattress for you. Talk to them , provide feedback for their queries so that they could go through their check list and suggest the best mattress for you. pro: Some times you cant relay on your own judgement. Thus its better to hire some expert to assist you. con: Well, what if its that salesmans last day at work. OR He might lure you into buying expensive mattress.

Its an investment: If calculated time vice, 1/3rd of one's life is being spend in a mattress. And average life span of a mattress is ten years. A 2000$ mattress folds into 15$ per day expense upon yourself. This is reasonable keeping in mind the long term viability and health benefits. pro: Health is always important. And mattress is a integral part of our environment. con: For few people, it the price might sound unreasonable. Memory foam mattresses that have HIGHER customer satisfaction rates are:BedlnABox – 86%Comfort Dreams – 82%The Memory Foam Specialists - 86%KEETSA Eco-Friendly Mattresses- 83%Leesa – 84%Novosbed- Ultimate Dreams Gel - 83%ConclusionMattress is a investment upon ones health. Priority should be given to comfort that you get over the price it costs. Cheap beds are more likely to forgo all your comfort needs. But, in the long run it harms ones body posture and sleep. Its a well known fact, better you sleep more productive you get. Never compromise with comfort is the motto.

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What Is A Best Humidifier For Allergies Choice?

 
 

humidifier

The GermGuardian Air Cleaning System ASIN: B004VGIGVY a high quality and top of the line allergy reducing humidifier for all the right reasons. First of all, it has true HEPA filtration, and it is HEPA filtration that contains HEPA filters that are proven to capture 99.7% of all airborne allergens from dust to pet dander to mold spores to plant pollens to beyond.

What are the Pros?

The GermGuardian is far more than just your average humidifier. This is because it is indeed a total air cleaning system that has multiple levels of cleaning to deal with eradicating allergens. It also helps to lessen odors caused by animals, cooking, and also smoking with an activated carbon feature. why not find out more. It also offers ultra-quiet operation and is Energy Star qualified.

What are the Cons:

One customer said that they aren't couldn't be sure f the air was cleaner or not, after using the GermGuardian, and this caused them to be unsettled about it. Another customer said that the unit emits a smell that really stinks. They said it smells like rotten garbage. These two cons are in the customer reviews section at Amazon.

How Did Customers Rate This Product?

The GermGuardian Air Cleaning System was rated with 4.3 out of 5 possible stars by customers. A good many of the customers who left reviews at Amazon about this awesome humidifier do seem to like it a great deal. Some of the comments were everything from five stars to would buy it again to I recommend this to everyone!

Conclusion:

The GermGuardian is truly a humidifier that will serve as your germ guardian in every way. This is especially true if you are an allergy sufferer and need these contaminants removed from the air you do breathe every day indoors.

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Expensive Backpacks From Which You Can Choose The Best

 
 

Backpacks are one item that will never go out of style. People love them because of the high level of functionality they offer, apart from the sense of style they offer. When shopping for a backpack, expensive is the way to go, if your pocket allows it, of course. Expensive backpacks tend to be stronger and more durable, not to mention more stylish. It is better to make a one-time investment in a quality backpack , rather than buying low quality backpacks that get damaged quickly. Here is a list of the best expensive backpacks read the sourse http://classybackpacks.com that are worth your money:

1.AB Earth Classic Small Backpack

This is one of the most expensive backpack on our list, going for $799. It measures 15.6 inches in height, 13 inches in width and 4 inches in depth. It comes with a large carrying compartment, with three front pockets with zippers. On the inside, there are two more inner pockets, also with zippers. There are additional pockets on the side.

Advantages

Very comfortable

Made of high quality leather therefore very strong

Disadvantage

Although it has many pockets, it cannot carry many items.

2.Mulholland Men’s Deerskin Rucksack

Another very expensive backpack which costs a whooping $ 1 052. Although it is a men’s rucksack, it is unisex and can be used by both sexes. The exterior has three compartments. The main body compartment is secured by a drawcord and a wide flap at the top. It is lined with polished Italian linen.

Advantages

Extremely comfortable because of the padded, adjustable shoulder straps.

Incredibly strong because of the supple deerskin material used.

Disadvantage

Extremely pricey

3.    Petunia Pickle Bottom Boxy Backpack Blue Buttercup Roll

Although expensive, this backpack is cheaper than most others on the list. It goes for a price of $189. It is stylish and highly durable. It is mostly convenient for use by parents travelling with toddlers. It has a feature for changing diapers and has enough room to store a considerable number of items.

Advantage

The backpack is very stylish

Disadvantage

It has few pockets

4.Tumi Alpha Bravo Kingsville Deluxe Brief Pack

This Tumi backpack is specifically handy for people who want to carry their laptop around. The backpack costs $445. It measures 17 inches by 12 inches by 7.25 inches, so it is large enough to fit any laptop. On the inside, there is a laptop compartment and another for an iPad. It has side pockets and is made of ballistic nylon. The straps are adjustable.

Advantages

Waterproof pockets Adjustible straps

Disadvantages

With the many quality features available for this backpack, it is impossible to find a disadvantage.

5.FRYE Jenny Backpack

This backpack is sold for around $457. It is made from soft vintage leather. It is medium-sized, measuring 12 inches in both length and width. It is equipped with a snap closure. Inside, there are two slip pockets.

Advantage

Very stylish

It has a removable handle drop

Disadvantage

It doesn’t have straps

6.    Tumi Alpha Compact Laptop Briefcase Pack

Another multipurpose Tumi backpack, this bag also has a laptop compartment. It is ideal for office use. You can fit a laptop and several other items like clothes. The pockets on the side can carry items like keys, wallets and your phone. It also has an air vent pocket for carrying a bottle and a removable accessory pouch.

Advantage

• Very strong and durable

7.AB Earth Classic Small Backpack

For this backpack, you get a large carrying compartment, with two more inner pockets with zippers. On the side, you get two more pockets with zippers. You also get a pouch for carrying your wallet and a phone holder. It has very many pockets for carrying multiple items.

Advantage

Made of high quality leather

Disadvantage

A bit small so there is a limit to the items you can carry.

8.Wildland Firefighter Pack Backpack

This pack was designed by experienced wildland firefighters specifically for demanding field conditions. It is made out of a tough 18-ounce canvas and reinforced with leather in critical points. The side pockets come with clinching straps. It also has an adjustable waist belt and a lower compartment intended for an emergency shelter tarp. It sells for $650.

Advantages

Very strong

Padded and adjustable shoulder straps

Disadvantage

It is very heavy.

9.Saddleback Leather Simple Backpack

For 4469, you get a light and durable backpack. There is a large compartment for holding a laptop and books or other items. Outside pockets provide storage room for small items.

Advantages

Very light

Made out of very strong leather

Disadvantage

The straps may be uncomfortable at times.

10.Ona Camps Bay Backpack

If you are looking for a stylish backpack, then this is it. It has compartments where you can carry your laptop and camera. There are additional side pockets to carry other smaller items. It costs $429.

Advantage

Stylish

Disadvantage

It may be heavy, especially when you fit in too many items.

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best shower cleaner

Keeping our shower fresh and clean is an essential part of your lifestyle as a clean and healthy showers give you a great kickof to start your day.

  • To keep it clean and fresh, I will highly recommended you to use an automatic shower cleaner for cleaning. A low-stress green way to keep the shower shinning is that I find it to be contraption is by using Automatic Shower Cleaner. Its a magical device made by unicorns in the land of scrubbing and rainbows.
  • Automatic shower cleaner reviews which you can refer to is like:

1. Scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner.

  • This is the best shower automatic cleaner refill.one of the best qualities that this shower cleaner provides is the fact you can maintain your shower clean and fresh for up to 30 days at your convenience. This cleaner helps to protect your shower from strains like mildew, as well as remove any soap scam that no one likes to see in their shower tub.                            

2. Wet and forget no Scrub shower spray.It maintains freshness of your bathroom .you can use it to up to 12 weeks.

3. Mega foamer 3 pack shower cleaner.

  • It comes with a soft and pleasant vanilla scent that will make you enjoy a wonderful shower every day .

4.    RefreshingSp, 34 Ounce twin pack.

  • lts also another descent choice you may consider. No scrubbing or wiping is needed, you can apply this automatic shower cleaner on the dirty spots and you will get a clean and fresh shower tub for your own good. You can apply one in a week and you are good to go.

5.   The Buckosoap scum and grime shower cleaner.

  • lts highly sophiscated ingredients, this shower cleaner offers you the best and healthy shower experience.

6.   OdoBan Rtu organic acid shower cleaner.

  • This shower cleaner is packed with no harsh chemicals.
  • The bottle is made of high-quality plastic and acrylic that ensure no phosphorus containing in the bottle.

7.   Granite gold shower cleaner.

  • One of the best qualities that you can maintain and it stays clean and fresh for up to 35 days.
  • lts able to protect your shower from strains.

8.   Tilex fresh shower cleaner.

  • lts also one of the best shower cleaner.it has been the favorite for many users.
  • lts affordable and it keeps the shower clean and honourable to be used at any time.
  • lt the best quality.

9.   Eucalyptus mint, 28 Ounce.

  • This automatic shower cleaner ensures that there are no more odors in the shower.
  • lts also not expensive one can buy it.
  • lts also packed with no harsh chemicals.
  • lt's made of high quality plastics that ensures no phosphorus containing in the bottle.

Deciding on which daily shower cleaner to use should not be your major problem. Since 2000 many products have been processed and promoted to be sold to different countries.

  • Among this products, daily shower products have been the topic to everyone who is concerned about his or her home shower tab.
  • Although have tried so many of them I recommend you to use the automatic shower cleaner, specifically scrubbing bubbles automatic shower cleaner since its the best. Many people actually love the product since its the best quality ever.
  • The best of the best cleaner.
  • lts affordable and even a non profitable person or unemployed person can buy it.
  • The company which manufacture this product has been profitable since the day they started producing this products.
  • lt has been helpful for many social classes of people.
  • lt has helped a lot of people to earn a living since it was started and by that is by the help of offering jobs to the qualified.
  • Automatic shower cleaner is the best choice that one can use.
  • You can refer to and note down in your next shopping list one of the shower cleaner and try it.

You will never be disappointed since its outcome are always positive.

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Healthy Mothers and Healthy Babies

  • Our vision:
    Communities where maternal and neonatal mortality rates are low and every mother and infant have the right to a healthy birth.
  • Our Guiding Principles:
    High-quality maternal and infant healthcare
    , including prenatal, delivery, postnatal, well baby, and reproductive health care, family planning, HIV/AIDS testing and treatment, and community health outreach; all provided with respect, available 24x7, accessible to all, culturally appropriate, no financial barriers, and with personal relationships to families in our zone of service.
  • Indigenous management, with local staffing, and programs for professional development.
  • Innovative and efficient use of technology, including electronic medical records, telemedicine through IM and internet, and specially designed assessment tools.
  • Community empowerment, moving toward self-sufficiency by 2024, including population surveys, community health education, house calls, collaboration with community and government bodies, partnerships with other mission related agencies, and economic development programs to improve our families’ incomes and food security. .
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