This is not about me.
Well, not this post. I'll probably whine more about my own insecurity at a later date.
For now, I want to share why I've decided to do this. Our never-ending adoption process from Haiti has had one benefit, and that is the fact that we have developed some amazing relationships with people who are serving in there. Haiti is a very difficult place to try to effect chance, because the issues there are so overwhelming. One of the things that impressed me most with Heartline Haiti (who we are adopting from) is the clear and tangible ways they are serving people in Haiti. Run by John and Beth McHoul, who have been in Haiti over 20 years, their mission includes an orphanage, a sewing school, a child development program, and a prenatal program. Recently, the prenatal program was expanded to include a birthing center, run by midwives.
The dangers of giving birth in Haiti are great - you can read about it in this news story. Haitians suffer the highest maternal mortality ratio in the Western Hemisphere, by far. Millions of Haitian women either cannot access health care, or cannot afford it. Those who can't afford it are often left to go it alone. Even those who can afford it are often treated in conditions that are unimaginable here in the US.
These pictures depict one of the maternity wards in Port-Au-Prince. When I first read this article, I was expecting with Karis. I remember thinking about India's birth, and how I was surrounded by professionals in a clean, private room, and how it was still a scary and overwhelming experience. I can't imagine what these women must go through. And again . . . these are the women fortunate enough to have access to care.
(photos from Beth McHoul and Tara Livesay)
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