In Day One in Hinche, she describes her first day working in the Hinche Maternity Ward. It's hard to read--the lack of basic health care supplies is astounding. The hospital in Hinche doesn't even have a bathroom. Laboring women have to provide their own bucket for elimination, catching blood & fluids from the birth, and holding the afterbirth. If a woman has a postpartum hemorrhage, she has to supply her own IV fluids and tubing.
It's a reminder that, no matter the maternity care problems we face in North America, some women have it far, far worse. Let's take a moment to be grateful and to donate to Midwives for Haiti. Here's an example of what your donation can do:
$50 will buy enough medication to stop postpartum hemorrhage 10 times.$250 will pay a month's rent for our prenatal clinic in Hinche.$1,500 will educate a skilled midwife for a rural village.$2,500 will supply a village midwife with prenatal vitamins and antibiotics for one year.$10,000 will pay the yearly salary, room & board, medications and supplies for a skilled midwife.$30,000 will pay two midwife instructors for a year.