THE STATE OF MATERNAL HEALTH IN HAITI

Giving birth in Haiti is extremely dangerous. Unlike the United States, pregnancy and childbirth in Haiti often bring pregnant mothers feelings of fear and hopelessness. Women deliver their babies on dirt floors and cut newborns’ umbilical cords with rocks. What’s even more shocking is that the average woman in Thomazeau has 6-7 children and often experiences the same number of miscarriages in her lifetime.

As the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, women in Haiti do not have access to comprehensive prenatal and postnatal care, adequate nutrition, or family planning and maternal health education – resulting in an alarming maternal and infant mortality rate. 

Nearly all of these maternal and infant deaths can be prevented. The women in Thomazeau, Haiti are desperate for an intervention and hope to save their own lives and their children's.

OUR APPROACH

Every life matters. The pregnant women in Thomazeau region are some of the most oppressed people in the world. Together, we believe that we can bring life to this community and transform it for the Kingdom of God.

In 2012, LiveBeyond established a Maternal Health program in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Texas A&M University. The program is currently being run by Director of Maternal Health, Tayler Johnston, CNM, WHNP, under the supervision of Dr. Vanderpool, MD. Thousands of women have gone through our program, and we have seen the positive, life-saving impact in the lives of women and babies.

Since the program was established, the perinatal mortality rate has substantially decreased by 66% throughout the region.

Our program provides mothers with:

+ Initial screenings and weekly pregnancy monitoring
+ Weekly provisions of prenatal vitamins
+ Daily meal and weekly
+ Maternal health education
+ Obstetrical delivery kit
+ In-home check-up after delivery
+ Newborn medical care for one year
+ Vocational training to raise egg-laying chickens for their own nourishment, for feeding their
   families, and for selling at the market to earn a living of their own.

Studies show that 42% of births in developing countries occur without medical assistance. In Thomazeau 98% of mothers deliver their babies alone at home. An OB/GYN hospital will provide women in this region with a safe place to deliver their babies surrounded by a medical staff with
life-saving skills. 

Partner with us to save + touch more lives!

LiveBeyond’s maternal health program is working to change their circumstances and empower these women to be the best moms possible for their born and unborn children. They are eager to embrace new maternal practices on pregnancy and childbirth. They are begging for the opportunity to give their children a healthy start. We can impact the outcome of generations!
— Whitney Mascorro, MD, Hendrick Health System

THE IMPACT OF MATERNAL HEALTH


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Luvca's story

Most people in Thomazeau practice Voodoo. It plays a significant role in shaping their beliefs about sickness and health, resulting in disastrous consequences for followers.

A mother in a village delivered extremely premature twins, both weighing 2 pounds. The twins were barely hanging onto life and weren’t strong enough to breastfeed. The mom wasn’t enrolled in our Maternal Health program, so she didn’t have an education on dealing with sick, premature babies.

The grandmother fed one twin a Voodoo healing potion to “speed up” her recovery. It killed her immediately.

By the grace of God, one of the twins, Luvca, is a growing, healthy girl. Our Maternal Health staff has helped improve her health and educated Gina on daily steps she can take to raise Luvca and other strong children for His glory in the future.