Here in the United States, we have many options when choosing a birth plan. You can choose to have your baby at a hospital, at a birthing center, or with a midwife at home. There are many options, and a plan can easily be put in place to make it happen.
The story looks a little bit different for mothers in Haiti. While giving birth at home is the less common choice in the U.S., this is the stark reality for the majority of mothers in Haiti. There are no options to layout the perfect birthing plan. A normal and typical birth takes place at home for Haitian mothers.
While at-home births can be performed safely with both mother and baby staying healthy, they can also pose some problems when an emergency strikes. With medical services being less than ideal in Haiti and poor sanitation practices, maternal and infant mortality rates remain high.
LiveBeyond saw this great need for Haitian mothers, and we took immediate action by implementing the maternal health program. Expecting mothers in our area of Thomazeau now have access to maternal health education, prenatal vitamins, nutritious food, and quality healthcare. With these implementations, the maternal mortality rate in our region has decreased by 73% and the infant mortality rate has decreased by 50%.
We are continuing our efforts to add more mothers and babies to our maternal health program so we can continue to decrease these percentages.
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