Emile and Washmika
Below is a story of Emile and Washnika and how your generous donations help the mothers and children in the Artibonite Valley of Haiti:
Emile lives in one of the most remote mountain regions of Haiti. If not for HAS and the care she received from her community health worker, Recerne, Emile and her baby could have died during childbirth.
When Emile realized she was pregnant, she walked to the local community health center to receive prenatal care. During Emile's pregnancy, Recerne and the local community health center worked together to ensure that Emile received appropriate prenatal education, prenatal vitamins, and regular physical examinations.
Late in her pregnancy, Emile fell down and her baby's position in the womb was displaced. Like most rural woman, Emile had chosen to deliver her baby at home with the help of a traditional midwife. But when she went into labor and the birth didn't progress normally, Recerne was at her side and helped make the judgment call with the midwife to transfer her first to the dispensary and then on to the hospital.
Balanced on a door, she was carried by her friends and family from her mountain top two-room home down to the valley floor, a journey of three strenuous hours.
The obstetrician at HAS, Dr. David Jean Louis, quickly ascertained the baby was in acute fetal distress and expertly performed a Cesarean section. Within 25 minutes, her firstborn daughter, Washmika was born. Mother and daughter spent five days in the hospital recovering from the surgery and were surrounded by family eager to meet baby Washmika.
Three months later, Emile and Washmika are well, and are seen regularly for postnatal care counseling and examinations at the HAS community health center in Bastien. Recerne has vaccinated the baby against polio, tuberculosis, tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis and frequently makes home visits to check the health of the little one.
"I am so grateful to HAS because I was unable to have my baby at home. The community-based referral system helped me realize I needed to have my baby in the hospital and allowed me a chance to safely give birth." – Emile