Just last week we heard a story from Magdala (the new World Wide Village midwife) that reminded us why we started the Healthy Mothers + Healthy Babies program in Haiti. It was a story that was heartbreaking, but also one with much hope for the future.
As the new program started accepting patients last month, a young mother came into the clinic concerned about her baby. She had been unable to access any healthcare during her pregnancy until now. She was severely dehydrated, and as Magdala examined her, it became clear that her baby had recently died in the womb. As you can imagine, it was heartbreaking.
The very next day another young woman came to the WWV medical center to be enrolled in the Healthy Mothers + Healthy Babies program.
Upon examination, Magdala noticed that this young mother was also suffering from severe dehydration and the baby was showing signs of stress.
Praise God, this time it was a much different outcome. Magdala was able to help hydrate the young mother and monitor the baby’s heart rate. The mother was taught about the dangers of dehydration, given prenatal vitamins and shown the love of Christ. It was a stark contrast to the first mother’s experience of having nowhere to turn, and an amazing picture of how the Healthy Mothers + Healthy Babies program will bless mothers and babies in the future.
While we mourn the loss of one little life, we also celebrate the many mothers and babies that will be saved because of this new program. Words can’t express how thankful we are for your support. Thank you for praying and giving generously to launch Healthy Mothers + Healthy Babies!
A special thanks to our Cornerstone Club members who give each month to keep World Wide Village programs in Haiti going strong. We simply couldn’t do it without you! You can learn more about becoming part of this faithful group of World Wide Village supporters at: worldwidevillage.org/the-cornerstone-club