March 9th, 2017
Another busy day in Haiti is winding down.
Last night I couldn’t sleep. I haven’t slept well since arriving. I’m not sure why.
As I was lying in bed a woman came to us in the night in labor. I heard the horn honking all the way down the road and lights flashing outside. We went down to meet her. She appeared to be in active labor. She was only 2cm. She was sent home to eat and rest. She only lived 10 minutes away. I imagine her labor subsided. She likely return soon. Maybe even tonight.
After that I slept hard and woke to a morning of prenatal clinic. I didn’t participate I just observed. After prenatal clinic we went to Bethesda for the vaccine clinic that was rescheduled from yesterday. It turned out to be promoting breastfeeding, family planning and vaccines.
The vaccine clinic is typically done at our place and it will be again next week. Emily helped Carmelle and the nurses give vaccines. I held babies. Then the unthinkable happened. I was asked to speak to hundreds of women and babies. I told them who I was and when MamaBaby Haiti opened and to breastfeed their babies as long as possible. Then Emily spoke in Krèyol 😳. She’s a quick learner. The news was there filming. I think it was the news.
Claudin brought his little baby Marcus to hang out since mommy was busy and he’s getting to be a busy boy. He is such a sweet baby.
We came back to MBH and napped awhile. It was much needed.
After our nap we got up for the supplemental nutrition program that we have in our clinic. Several pregnant women came, many ages. We checked weight, blood pressure and pulse. There was teaching about nutrition and singing about preeclampsia. Each mom left with 7 days worth of “plumpy sup”. They can come back each week for more.
It was special.
I’ve been trying to get to a little store. It hasn’t happened yet. Maybe later, maybe tomorrow. We’ll see.
My husband Darren arrives in Haiti tomorrow. He’s just boarding his plane for a day and nights worth of travel. Tomorrow we’ll go to the big market in Cap Haitien. That’ll be fun.