Saving Mothers in Dame-Marie

$11,240 of $52,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 14 months

PLEASE SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS TO FUND A HAITIAN OB-GYN AND ANESTHESIOLOGIST at Hôpital de la Communaute Dame-Marienne, Dame-Marie, Haiti

Young mothers in Haiti have a 1 in 80 chance of dying due to childbirth. This can be related to

• The lack of prenatal care, home delivery with little or no skilled providers except the village shaman or untrained midwife

• The lack of a working operating room with an OB-GYN/surgeon and anesthesiologist at a health facility

And for every mother that dies, 7 more are seriously injured and suffer lifelong pain, societal shame, and inability to work from physical damages.


Medical Aid to Haiti (MATH) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission of helping Haitians heal Haitians by developing services in the medically under-served village of Dame-Marie on the westernmost tip of Haiti and 5 villages around Port-au-Prince. www.medicalaidtohaiti.org)

Over the past 4 years, the Dame-Marie team, led by Dr. Michael R. Bourque, a renowned obstetrician and surgeon, and Kathy Aries, Labor & Delivery RN, at St. Francis Hospital & Medical Center (Hartford, CT), has accomplished the following for the community of 40,000 in Dame-Marie --

• Re-opened the operating room at the Hôpital de la Communaute Dame-Marienne (Community Hospital of Dame-Marie) and restored it to working order with most of the equipment donated by Saint Francis Hospital & Medical Center (Hartford, CT) now the flagship hospital of Trinity Health – New England;

• Assembled surgical teams that traveled to Dame-Marie four (4) times a year and, for one week each trip, performed surgeries that would not have been available to the villagers of this very poor area; and

• Facilitated the development of surgical, medical, obstetrics / gynecology, pediatrics, dental, optometry and other key specialty skills through the involvement of Haitian medical personnel from other parts of Haiti on these teams.

Recently, a 6-month grant funded a Haitian OB-GYN and anesthesiologist on-site at the hospital for 3 of 4 weeks per month.  This funding allowed a healthy outcome for over 304 mothers and children by assisting deliveries and / or performing C-Sections.

THE FUNDING FROM THIS GRANT, HOWEVER, HAS COME TO AN END.

MATH is asking for your support to continue the funding so vital to maintaining an OB-GYN/surgeon and anesthesiologist on-site in Dame-Marie and providing much-needed obstetrical services.

The cost for both an OB/GYN and anesthesiologist to be onsite is $1,000 per week, for a total of $52,000 per year.  This sounds like a lot of money, but this equates to only $2.97 per hour for these two Haitian professionals who reside in the hospital and are available 24/7.

Additional information on maternal mortality in Haiti can be found at: 
1)    https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4867827/
2)    http://www.unfpa.org/news/slashing-haiti%E2%80%99s-maternal-and-infant-death-rates-one-delivery-time#sthash.NqN9ovOk.dpuf

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Results of the Haitian OB-GYN and anesthesiologist being on site 24/7 at Hôpital de la Communaute Dame-Marienne (Community Hospital of Dame-Marie) for the months September 2017 through January 2018 --

19 Cesarean Sections
117 Natural Deliveries
583 Prenatal Consultations

These results would not be possible without your support. Please continue to share this GoFundMe effort with your family and friends (again), so these much needed services for the mothers and babies in Dame-Marie can continue.
The smile.
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Results of the Haitian OB-GYN and anesthesiologist being on site 24/7 at Hôpital de la Communaute Dame-Marienne (Community Hospital of Dame-Marie) for the months of July and August 2017 --

5 Cesarean Sections
31 Natural Deliveries
30 Ultrasound Examinations
430 Prenatal Consultations
44 Postnatal Consultations

Please continue to share this GoFundMe effort with your family and friends (again), so these much needed services for the mothers and babies in Dame-Marie can continue.
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A Haitian OB-GYN and anesthesiologist were on site 24/7 at Hôpital de la Communaute Dame-Marienne (Community Hospital of Dame-Marie) providing maternal health care during the month of June 2017 that resulted in

7 Cesarean Sections
20 Natural Deliveries
50 Ultrasound Examinations
260 Prenatal Consultations
29 Postnatal Consultations

This care would not have been available without your support and the skills and passion of the Haitian medical personnel to help their fellow Haitians. Please consider sharing this GoFundMe effort with your family and friends (again), so these much needed services for the mothers and babies in Dame-Marie can continue.
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A group just returned from the second 2017 trip to Dame-Marie. Over the 4-1/2 days of surgeries, three (3) C-sections were performed and as we left there were two (2) mothers walking the hall in active labor.

Thanks to your donations to date, a Haitian OB-GYN and anesthesiologist will be there for two (2) more months to help mothers through their childbirth journey.
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Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Continued.. And in great measure our success in the field, is only matched by the support and behind the scenes work of our families, and our friends, and neighbors and our missionpeople in the departments at Saint Francis and MATH, and people like the donors here who do what they can so we can do what we do in the field. Thank you, and hugst to you all on this Mother's Day. God Bless.

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Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Continued.. I still have that picture of Marianna and her newborn son Louis that I carry on each mission trip. Hundreds and hundreds of mothers and children are now alive and well due to the sacrifice Marianna unknowingly made. And the promise I made to her and her son for better outcomes of mothers and children like them, is alive and well due to over 600 medical and non medical volunteers who have now served with us on the front lines.

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Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Today in the Dominican Republic, a young boy named Louis is 10 and a half years old. He is growing up motherless and being raised by his grandmother in a nameless village several days walking distance from the small hospital where I delivered his mother by C/S on my first mission trip 11/2006. She was 24 years old, and her name was Marianna as I found out weeks later. As in so many remote places she had been in labor for days, the baby wouldn't come out, and we had just arrived and were able to do a C/S. We visited her that evening and she was so happy nursing her son. We took a picture. The next morning I found out she had died of a stroke while breast feeding. Postpartum toxemia. Preventable if you have competent postpartum nursing and a dollar fifty of a drug called Magnesium Sulfate. My promise to her and her son, that we would do better, has led our teams and our program to this point in time. We now work in Haiti, as the conditions are more desperate, and the lives lost greater. Not only does the mother lose her life and possibly her unborn child if there is a terrible complication, but the lives of all her children at home are forfeit as there is no one to feed and care for them. There is no safety net of any kind. In one week from now our team of 18 amazing great hearted people will be once again on the front line of extreme poverty, disease, and malnutrition. They will once again put their lives at risk helping those we do not know, but who deserve a better chance at starting out

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$11,240 of $52,000 goal

Raised by 72 people in 14 months
Created May 6, 2017
Funds raised will benefit:
Medical Aid To Haiti Inc
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$200
Deborah Doyle
2 months ago

This donation is to celebrate your excellent work in Saving Mothers in Dame-Marie and the Confirmation of our Grandson Thomas Dowd at St Peter's Church in West Hartford CT Debbie & Justin Doyle

$500
Anonymous
3 months ago
$100
Anonymous
4 months ago
JM
$50
Jean Miles
6 months ago

Thank you for all the work you are doing to help people in Haiti especially mothers and babies! Actions will always speak louder than words, thank you for giving us a way to respond in a positive way to counteract the world's injustices. Love, Jean and Bob

SH
$50
Susan Hyde-Wick
6 months ago

We're all in this together. We have so much in our lives; we can afford to give a little.

PF
$500
Paul and Maxine Fischer
6 months ago

Wishing you all the best in your ambitions for a better world.

CB
$100
Carol Bradley
7 months ago

Christmas blessings

DP
$20
Diane Parzych
7 months ago

In support of Dr Bourque (my doctor and friend)

$500
Cathy and Bob Fogel
8 months ago

Skilled, caring and committed people doing great work in Dame Marie...

Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Continued.. And in great measure our success in the field, is only matched by the support and behind the scenes work of our families, and our friends, and neighbors and our missionpeople in the departments at Saint Francis and MATH, and people like the donors here who do what they can so we can do what we do in the field. Thank you, and hugst to you all on this Mother's Day. God Bless.

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Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Continued.. I still have that picture of Marianna and her newborn son Louis that I carry on each mission trip. Hundreds and hundreds of mothers and children are now alive and well due to the sacrifice Marianna unknowingly made. And the promise I made to her and her son for better outcomes of mothers and children like them, is alive and well due to over 600 medical and non medical volunteers who have now served with us on the front lines.

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Michael R Bourque
14 months ago

Today in the Dominican Republic, a young boy named Louis is 10 and a half years old. He is growing up motherless and being raised by his grandmother in a nameless village several days walking distance from the small hospital where I delivered his mother by C/S on my first mission trip 11/2006. She was 24 years old, and her name was Marianna as I found out weeks later. As in so many remote places she had been in labor for days, the baby wouldn't come out, and we had just arrived and were able to do a C/S. We visited her that evening and she was so happy nursing her son. We took a picture. The next morning I found out she had died of a stroke while breast feeding. Postpartum toxemia. Preventable if you have competent postpartum nursing and a dollar fifty of a drug called Magnesium Sulfate. My promise to her and her son, that we would do better, has led our teams and our program to this point in time. We now work in Haiti, as the conditions are more desperate, and the lives lost greater. Not only does the mother lose her life and possibly her unborn child if there is a terrible complication, but the lives of all her children at home are forfeit as there is no one to feed and care for them. There is no safety net of any kind. In one week from now our team of 18 amazing great hearted people will be once again on the front line of extreme poverty, disease, and malnutrition. They will once again put their lives at risk helping those we do not know, but who deserve a better chance at starting out

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