Friday, August 13, 2010

It's a boy! Mother Health International Catches its 100th Baby at birth center in Haiti

It's a boy!
Mother Health International Catches its 100th Baby at birth center in Haiti

August, 13, 2010, Jacmel, Haiti:

Mother Health International catches its 100th baby since it opened its doors on March 10, 2010 in Jacmel, Haiti.

Born on July 27, 2010, at 7:10 am, the 100th baby, a healthy baby boy, makes his way into the world with the loving care at the MHI birth clinic weighing 7 lbs lbs, 18 1/2 inches in length.

"We are celebrating this wonderful news, our first baby was a boy and our 100th baby is a boy," said Co-Founder, Kelly C. Dunn. "We look forward to celebrating the 200th baby born at the clinic."

Mom and baby are doing great.

"His mother arrived at dome birth clinic fully dilated at 6:45 am and he was born with great ease moments later," said Volunteer Midwife Tania Laviades.

Mother Health International's (MHI) founding members were part of a first responder team of seven medics, midwives and support staff who traveled to Jacmel, Haiti on January 28, 2010 via Santa Domingo, Dominican Republic to offer disaster relief to women and children. With the help from private donations, NGO's, non-profit organizations and government organizations, the team was able to provide emergency medical aid, water and food to the women and children who survived the earthquake.
Shortly after arriving in Jacmel, the founders of MHI recognized the greater need beyond disaster and emergency aid and began the process to build a holistic maternal birth clinic in the heart of one of the most under served areas in Haiti, St. Helen Parish.

On March 10, 2010 MHI officially opened our doors to pregnant women and started prenatal evaluations immediately. Today 100 babies have been born at our birth center and thousands of prenatal visits have been preformed. The MHI birth clinic is modeled after the Midwives Model of Care. Our birth center is housed in a 44 ft dome structure (1500 sq. feet) on a piece of land with a small house in front of it that serves as our home for volunteers. Midwives come from around the world to donate their time to serve the mothers of Jacmel.

Mother Health International
Mother Health International is a non-profit organization registered in the Commonwealth of Virginia. MHI is currently seeking 501c3 status with the IRS. We are a registered nonprofit in Canada and are seeking Charity Status.

MHI is dedicated to respond and provide relief to pregnant women and children in areas of disaster and extreme poverty. We are committed to reducing the maternal and infant mortality rates by creating healthy, sustainable holistic birthing centers using the midwifery model of care with culturally appropriate education for the health and empowerment of women. With every healthy birth there is a positive benefit for the communities that we serve and the world as a whole. To donate and support our work, visit our website at

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