792 women die unnecessarily every day due to child birth
99% of maternal mortalities happen in the developing world
63% of births in Haiti take place without medical support
Haiti has the highest rate of infant and maternal mortality in the Western Hemisphere
721 natural deliveries & 218 Emergency C-Sections
3,975 inpatient/outpatient women’s health consultations
Care for over 2,065 children, including 265 babies in our Neonatal intensive care unit
Jude’s mother (18 years old), went into labour about 50 miles from our partner hospital, and required an emergency C-Section. Tragically, this was unavailable in her community, and even though Jude was breached in a life threatening position during delivery, they weren’t referred to us for 18 hours. Thanks to the swift response of the medical team ‘A Royal Birth’ supports, Jude’s mother received an immediate C-Section upon arrival, thankfully saving her. Sadly, whilst the paediatric team were able to revive Jude and admit her into the neonatal intensive care unit, the life long damage caused by this unjust 18 hour wait, will have likely caused long term, irreversible damage.
During that same period, Widlin was referred from a town over an hour away, born prematurely. It’s rare in Haiti for babies so premature to survive, but thanks to our team’s efforts, Widlin is thriving. Both of these cases highlight the critical and heartbreaking challenges of Haiti, but also the urgent importance of the services ‘A Royal Birth’ is supporting.
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Whilst most Christians will reflect on the humble birth of Jesus this Christmas, very few will realise that thousands of women still give birth in the same conditions as Mary did today, and many tragically and unnecessarily die.
In Isaiah 65, God declares that where His kingdom is present, children won’t die in their infancy and mothers won’t bear children for calamity.
This wasn’t a distant dream, but a vision for today, which Jesus commanded us to follow through the building of His Fathers Kingdom on earth. Women and children dying during child birth is unacceptable, and we’re calling on Churches around the world to join with us and use this Christmas as an opportunity to provide safe births for mothers and babies in Haiti. Could there be a better way for your church to celebrate Christmas this year?
GET YOUR CHURCH INVOLVED!! If you’d like to find out more, please contact us today. We have lots of exciting resources to support you this Christmas, including posters, service outlines and activities, and our 2014 Film.
Any amount can contribute to giving mothers a safe birth, but please consider making a personal donation of £15 ($24) or more today, so we can continue this life-saving work.
If 700 individuals or groups raise £250 ($400us) this Christmas, we can help keep this maternity and neonatal unit open in 2015!
Please contact us today if you’d like to help give mothers and babies
safe births this Christmas.