Join the Run for Life Haiti team and help build a new maternity center in Haiti for Heartline Ministries. Make a difference - for life!
In Haiti, so many women deal with issues such as malnutrition and high blood pressure, as well as the threat of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, and cholera -- all of which understandably increase the risk of complications during pregnancy, labor and delivery. Due to the lack of a good health care system (and difficulty in obtaining access to what is available), many Haitian women are left without the assurance of being able to receive good and timely medical care even in moments of desperate need. Most pregnant women have little choice but to give birth at home, and truly, unless there is a major medical need, giving birth at a Haitian hospital is not a preferable option. When you go to a hospital in Haiti, you have to provide everything: from your food and bedding to your medicine and even i.v. bags. Everything. As to emotional support and encouragement, it's nonexistent. Can you imagine? This is why what Heartline does, what Heartline provides, is so valuable. They treat their women with utmost dignity and respect. They walk with them each step of the way. They teach and train and encourage. They care for these ladies physically, emotionally, and spiritually. Lives are not only being changed, but they are saved because of this program.
(taken from a blog post I wrote shortly after returning from Haiti in November 2011)
Heartline Ministries provides prenatal care, labor and delivery services and postpartum care to the underserved women of Port au Prince. Hundreds of women are served each year.
Haiti is in dire need of more midwives and prenatal care programs. Haiti has one of the highest maternal mortality rates in the world. Heartline is attempting to change to that.
The Run for Life Haiti event will take place in January of 2013. The 14 day event will take place to help raise awareness of the acute need for increased maternal healthcare options in Port au Prince and rural Haiti. The distance covered will be 500 kilometers, (330 miles) beginning in the southern peninsula and ending in the northern city of Cap Haitian.
Barry McDonald and his wife Rebecca lost their son the day he was born. They are passionate about the cause of safe pregnancy, labor, delivery and postpartum care. Barry has been training and preparing for the January 2013 Run For Life Haiti for more than a year. He dreams of a day where every woman can easily and affordably find care for themselves and their unborn baby. Barry's goal is to raise the full funding needed to build a larger maternity center for Heartline Ministries to expand their services.