By Jennifer Quigley, Frist Global Health Leader
These few days have been spent driving all over the North side of the country and visiting/recruiting participants from clinics and setting up times to teach. We have all but about three filled positions in the study, and many other clinics who were not on our original list have contacted us for teaching as well.
I will stick to the list for the study; however, I do not want to turn people away when I have open time available, so after the study is over, I will still provide the lessons, but without the formal pretest and post-test, in order to provide education to as many people as possible.
Photo: A nice breezy patio was lovely to teach the two nurse midwives of the clinic. Both have been practicing midwifery for over 15 years and have delivered many babies, and provide education to many women in their community.
Our new translator, Sandra, is with us and I have a feeling she is going to do a wonderful job. She was born in Haiti, but when she was 9 she moved to Miami where she was raised. She only recently came back to Haiti to run her family's business and translate for several non-profit organizations just a few years ago. Her medical language understanding and English-Haitian translation is incredible. We are really lucky to have found her!
Photo: Sandra and I having a laid back and productive teaching session with these ladies.
Friday morning before we headed out to teach our class at the MamaBaby Maternal Center in Vandreuil, Haiti, the nurse at the Rose-Merci clinic in Robillard came and got Gloria and I to help her deliver a baby. With limited supplies — only a table with stirrups, a trashcan to catch the fluid, and some basic medical supplies, one other trained nurse and I delivered a very healthy 6 lb baby at 10:52 am. Momma did great with no complications and got up right after the delivery to wash up and change clothes.
Gloria, Magdala, and me posing with baby for a picture while she sleeps. I am looking forward to meeting her again and watching her grow up each time I return to Robillard through the years.
Assessing and dressing baby while mom rests from labor.