We first shared Madelene’s story in December (click here to read the post).
Madelene is a 39 year old mother who came to the Heartline Maternity Center gripped with fear that she would lose another baby. Her heartbreaking history includes miscarriage, being mistreated by health care providers in Haiti, giving birth all alone, and the devastating loss of a child.
You responded to Madelene’s story by giving generously – making sure that she received critical prenatal care and had a safe and respectful environment to give birth. Your support let Madelene know she wasn’t alone, and she began to feel more hopeful – hopeful that this pregnancy would result in the beautiful gift of a living baby.
When it came time to deliver, Madelene’s baby got her shoulders stuck, but the Heartline midwives were able to adjust the position of the baby, resulting in a safe birth. Without the presence of skilled birth attendants, this complication could have had tragic results.
“I loved receiving care at the Heartline Maternity Center because the staff explains what is happening and why they are doing things a certain way. Caregivers in Haiti don’t tell you what they are doing or why – which makes you feel very powerless. I loved understanding more about my own care and learning how to better care for my new daughter too.” – Madelene
After a few days of rest and bonding in the postpartum wing, the Maternity Center staff drove Madelene home and helped introduce baby Esther to her big sister! (Big sister was pretty skeptical of mama’s new baby at first – but we have no doubt they’ll quickly become the best of friends.)
For the next six months, Madelene and Esther will return to the Maternity Center every week for nutritious meals, medical care, breastfeeding support, and child development education.
Thank you for reaching out with love to ensure that this beautiful mother and daughter have the chance to thrive!