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Why Do We Host the Haiti Race?

Why Do We Host the Haiti Race?

“My work is not done yet…” — Carmelle Voltaire, 2012

I am consistently shocked to learn about the conditions in which women experience childbirth in the rural parts of Haiti.  For expecting mothers in the rural mountains, there are many uncertainties. Many women do not know what to expect during labor and without skilled birth attendants, women labor for hours alone with no medication or even access to indoor running water.

It is not simply the conditions we can change, it is a matter of life and death.

For the moms.

For the newborns.

And, for their families.

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.  This is ripping families apart and raising the number of orphans and child slaves around the country.

You can help.

By running or walking, you are ensuring skilled attendance at birth, backed by emergency obstetric care when needed, which reduces maternal deaths by 75%. In addition, by providing skilled health personnel during pregnancy, childbirth, and after birth, we can raise that figure to about 90%.

The Carmelle Voltaire Women’s Center is making an enormous difference for the women of Tom Gato, Haiti. Through skilled birth attendants and nurse educators, women can learn what to expect during labor and now have a knowledgeable provider to help them through the awesome experience of bringing new life into the world.

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