Hi there! My name is Sarah. I'm a 31 year old wife, mom and nurse. I work as an OB/GYN nurse for a local practice in Colonial Heights, Virginia. Back in 2007, I began working with Nadene Brunk, CNM. Nadene created Midwives for Haiti shortly before I met her, and it has since become an amazing foundation for the women of Haiti.
Because of lack of safe, timely medical care, many women and infants die before, during or after childbirth in Haiti. A constant stream of volunteers arrive in Haiti monthly to help in the clinics and bring in safe, clean supplies, as basic as Tylenol.
Since meeting Nadene, it has been a dream of mine to be able to volunteer my nursing skills and spend a week in Haiti. I finally have my chance! I have been extended an invitation to volunteer with a local Richmond doctor in Haiti from May 11th-18th, 2013. It is my hope that my friends, family and their friends will help me reach my goal of raising the money to spend the week helping the women and children of Haiti. For $1500, I am able to spend a week in Haiti with safe housing, meals, translators and transportation, along with airfare. I will also be accepting donations for supplies to fly down with me, including basic over the counter drugs like Tylenol and Ibuprofen, prenatal vitamins, etc.
From the MFH website: "The chances of dying from childbirth in Haiti in 2010 were estimated by the WHO as 1 in 28, mostly due to pregnancy-induced-hypertension, eclampsia, sepsis, and postpartum hemorrhage."
It's hard to imagine living with those statistics here in the United States, where it's more rare to die from childbirth than to live through it.
If you are able to help, even with a dollar, it would be greatly appreciated. You are helping me fulfill a dream, and in some small way, help the women and children of Haiti.