Midwife, Fanm Sage, Could Help Avert Infant Mortality In Haiti
Thousands of women and newborns continue to die each year during pregnancy and childbirth or after. The vast majority of these deaths could have been prevented with proper prenatal and delivery care.
Skilled birth attendants such as a midwife, doctor or nurse, who have been trained to manage uncomplicated pregnancies, deliveries and the immediate postnatal period could be the solution. They could also be trained to identify complications and obtain timely emergency assistance.
Unfortunately, skilled midwives are in short supply and Haiti never had enough midwives to meet the needs of the population. Hundreds of thousands of women and newborns continue to die each year during pregnancy and postnatal period.
A properly educated and supported midwife offers cost-effective and high-quality care that can save the lives of more women and babies.
An organized midwifery workforce can play a critical role in averting maternal and infant deaths. They can also help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV and many other diseases.
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