It's Time TO open the DOors of 'Strong Start' Maternity Center.

Can you help? 

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There are a million reasons to stand with women and families. We're asking you to pick just one. 

> + REASON #1 CLAIMED BY STEPHANIE G.

I have an incredible 5-year-old. I give to support the health of children just like mine, to allow them to grow, learn, and play.

1 in 14 children in Haiti won't live to see their fifth birthday. “Not surprisingly, UNICEF reports disparities of urban and rural populations for the prevalence of underweight children and diarrhea treatment. Children living in rural Haiti have a 46% greater chance of dying before their fifth birthday than their counterparts in urban areas.” Source

+ 2) I know a baby in the NICU. I give to support the health of premature babies in Northern Haiti.

“Despite the very high rates of prematurity, lifesaving neonatal care is almost completely unavailable to the vast number of babies needing intensive assistance, especially when they are born in rural Haiti.” Source

+ 3) A midwife brought my baby into the world. I give to Strong Start to provide midwifery care to women in Northern Haiti.

“Per 10,000 population, Haiti has less than 1 physician and less than 1 nurse and midwife.” Source

> + REASON #4 CLAIMED BY CAROL H.

I believe every mother should be given the support & information she needs to give her child a strong start.

Nutrition intervention and education is vital for pregnant women. 23% of all babies born in Haiti are reported have low birth weight (Every Preemie).

> + REASON #5 CLAIMED BY HOLLYAN T.

I believe in educating families regarding family planning and making it readily available to all.

Unmet family planning needs contribute to families remaining in poverty. In the area around Strong Start, only 43% of people reported using any type family planning in the last year (H.N.A.). Even more startling, in the North Department only 13% of women of childbearing age reported using family planning of any kind.

> + REASON #6 CLAIMED BY LEAH & ARMEN R.

I am a midwife. I give to Strong Start because I know midwifery care in Northern Haiti will save lives and creates healthier families.

“Per 10,000 population, Haiti has less than 1 physician and less than 1 nurse and midwife.” Source

> + REASON #7 CLAIMED BY SUE B.

The need for more care providers is desperate! I’m a healthcare provider who desires to connect women in need with medical professionals who can support them.

There are a reported 3.6 healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, & midwives) per 10,000 people.

+ 8) I believe in empowering and assisting women to care for their children through breastfeeding.

Less than 50% of babies were put to the breast in the first hour after birth (H.N.A). Improved breastfeeding rates are essential to preventing malnutrition.

> + REASON #9 CLAIMED BY SHANEA H.

Health education is vital to improving maternal health, regardless of a person’s ability to read and write. I believe in Health education.

Adult illiteracy rates in Haiti are higher than 60% (UNICEF) Health education is vital to improving maternal health.

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> + REASON #10 CLAIMED BY CHERYL AND SCOTT NELSON

Lives of pregnant women and newborns throughout Haiti are changed when I commit to provide basic and essential health needs.

32% of healthcare facilities provide essential medications, and 31% have basic, functioning medical equipment (Source).

+ 11) The first healthcare visit is just as important as the ones that follow. I want to ensure access to healthcare for newborn babies.

Less than 20% of newborns received postnatal care within 2 days of birth. (MSPP)

> + REASON #12 CLAIMED BY SARAH J.

The fight to prevent HIV begins with protection. I believe women and men should have access to basic barrier methods to prevent HIV.

In 2016, the MSPP reported 472 people receiving and utilizing condoms.

> + REASON #13 CLAIMED BY JENNIFER S.

I support Strong Start so that women have access to prenatal care.

19% of women did not attend their first prenatal visit until their 3rd trimester (MSPP). Strong Start aims to bridge that gap and create more access to quality prenatal and delivery care.

+ 14) I have a child that would not have survived if it were not for the help and expertise of doctors, nurses, and midwives.

74% of women reported delivering their children at home.

> + REASON #15 CLAIMED BY TIM H.

I am a healthcare provider that believes women and children should have access to quality medical care.

There are a reported 3.6 healthcare providers (physicians, nurses, & midwives) per 10,000 people.

+ 16) Having access to life-saving medication and oxygen during the birth of my child ensured a strong start us both.

32% of healthcare facilities provide essential medications, and 31% have basic, functioning medical equipment. (http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/world/americas/haiti/article158264744.html)

+ 17) My child was a preemie and needed medical help during their first days of life. I give to give these newborns a fighting chance.

23% of all babies born in Haiti are reported have low birth weight (Every Preemie).

+ 18) I have a friend or family member whose pregnancy was considered high-risk. I believe all pregnant women should have access to life-saving care and information.

19% of women did not attend their first prenatal visit until their 3rd trimester (MSPP).

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+ 19) I give to fight against poverty.

Access to adequate food and nutrition is a basic human right and yet the global burden of child undernutrition remains substantial, being drive by poverty, social inequities and lack of enough nutritious food. Source

+ 20) I had a difficult time after giving birth and I cannot imagine not having my postnatal visits to ensure I was getting healthy.

Quality postnatal healthcare ensures healthy, living mothers. 58% of women received a postnatal consultation after giving birth (MSPP).

+ 21) I donate to Strong Start to ensure children in Northern Haiti have access to sight-saving vitamins.

Vitamin A deficiencies threaten the sight of millions all over the world. In Haiti, only 18% of children 6-59 months received 2 or more doses of Vitamin A (MSPP).

> + REASON #22 CLAIMED BY EVIE H.

I donate because no child should grow up without a mother just because she lacked access to basic maternal health care.

14% reported knowing someone who has died during pregnancy or delivery (HNA). Helping prevent children in orphanages starts with ensuring mothers have access to basic pregnancy and birthing care.

+ 23) I know a child that was born too early. I donate to ensure more Mothers are cared for during pregnancy to prevent and care for preterm babies.

“According to the WHO, more than 80% of all global neonatal deaths are caused by preterm birth complications, newborn infections, and birth asphyxia. Complications arising from preterm births are now the leading cause of neonatal mortality worldwide.” Source

+ 24) I have a child who was sick before their first birthday. I donate to allow Strong Start to provide quality healthcare through Well Child Visits.

Haiti’s infant mortality rate was 55 per 1000 live births in 2013, which means that 75% of childhood deaths occur before a child’s first birthday. Source

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+ 25) Birth support and postnatal care saves lives. I give to Strong Start because I believe that providing these services creates healthy women, children, and families.

Most maternal deaths occur during childbirth and the first week post partum Source

> + REASON #26 CLAIMED BY ELEKTRA C.

I believe in breaking the barrier of health access for pregnant women and infants in the North of Haiti.

“Financial barrier to health care is one of the most important obstacles for pregnant women needing access to obstetric care.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4867827/

> + REASON #27 CLAIMED BY ZACH H.

By giving monthly, we can make the difference between life and death for babies in Northern Haiti.

“According to the WHO, more than 80% of all global neonatal deaths are caused by preterm birth complications, newborn infections, and birth asphyxia.” Source

> + REASON #28 Claimed by the amanda zongrone and bryan sobel family

28) My child was tiny at birth and needed extra care. I give to support babies in Haiti who need the same.

“In Haiti, the average percentage of low-birth-weight infants in 2008 to 2012 was 23%.” “Infants weighing less than 2500 g are approximately 20 times more likely to die than heavier babies.” Source

> + REASON #29 CLAIMED BY SHANNON S.

I give to ensure a healthier next generation in Northern Haiti.

“In low- and middle-income countries, the major contributors to the death of infants from 28 days to 1 year are birth asphyxia, injuries, low birth weight, malnutrition, infectious diseases such as diarrhea and pneumonia, and poor home sanitation. These occur more often in children born in remote rural areas or in poor households, or to a mother with limited education. These demographic factors result in children who are undernourished, have vitamin deficiencies, and do not receive appropriate immunizations.” Source

+ 30) I was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia when I was pregnant. I give to Strong Start to ensure women in Northern Haiti can receive necessary care, just like I did.

The primary cause of maternal death in Haiti is preeclampsia/eclampsia (37.5%). The second leading cause of maternal death is hemorrhage (22%). Source The leading reasons pregnant women in Haiti die are detectable and treatable. I give to save lives through quality prenatal and delivery care.

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+ 31) I believe that women in Haiti want to deliver their babies safely, and they want to do it in birthing centers and hospitals!

Despite 74% of births reported at home, only 1% would recommend a woman deliver at home. (H.N.A.)

+ 32) I believe in the power of quality food and supplements. No woman should have an adverse birth outcome because of a lack of nutrition.

49% of women in Haiti of childbearing age are anemic (Every Preemie). When polled in the area around Strong Start, less than 15% reported knowing what anemia is, and only 2% reported needing iron supplementation to cure/treat it. (H.N.A.)

+ 33) Every teenage girl deserves the best chance at an education. I believe in education for women and girls.

Adolescent birth rate is 65/1,000. Simply put: 6% of adolescent girls are stopped from continuing school or at least temporarily must stop due to pregnancy. (Every Preemie)

> + REASON #34 TAKEN BY BETHANY V.

Poverty should not dictate who should or should not have access to a skilled birth attendant at their birth. I give to Strong Start to make safe births accessible to women who otherwise could not afford them.

"If the poorest 20% of pregnant Haitian mothers are considered, only 9.6% will have a skilled attendant at birth compared with 78% of the richest 20%.” [Source][1]

> + REASON #35 CLAIMED BY CHRISTIN M.

I give so that children live.

35% of deaths in children under 5 years old happen in the first month. 90% of childhood deaths that occur during the first month happen during the first week of life. Source Changing the outcome for children in Haiti begins with ensuring they have access to life-saving healthcare in the first critical week of life.

+ 36) I have a teenage daughter who thrives in her school. I support Strong Start to ensure teenage girls in Haiti have the same opportunity.

“One day, she (a midwife) saw a young girl sitting on a bench at the clinic and assumed she was waiting for her mother. ‘I was about to ask her where her parents were when I realized that the girl was pregnant, and waiting to be seen herself.’ The girl was 13 years old.” Source Family planning services and education are essential services for women and girls.

> + REASON #37 CLAIMED BY RYAN D.

Cost of basic healthcare should never be the cause of death for a mom or a child. I give so that care is available for all.

In 2015, per capita health spending per individual was $21. Source “Financial barrier to health care is one of the most important obstacles for pregnant women needing access to obstetric care.” Source

+ 38) I have had to take my child to the Emergency Room because they were having trouble breathing. I give to Strong Start to empower Mother’s in Haiti to do the same.

38% of children under 5 years with symptoms of pneumonia were taken to an appropriate health care provider. Source

+ 39) I’m a nutritionist! I want to join in fight to prevent childhood undernutrition through good prenatal nutrition and education of families.

Globally nearly half of child deaths are attributable to undernutrition. Source

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> + REASON #40 CLAIMED BY AUDREY H.

Vitamins during pregnancy support healthy Moms and babies. I donate to Strong Start to fight for Mothers to have essential vitamins during pregnancy.

30% of pregnant women in Haiti receive an iron and folic acid supplement during pregnancy. Source

> + REASON #41 CLAIMED BY JAMES H.

Ending malnutrition begins with supporting Mothers. I give to Strong Start to end the cycle of malnutrition.

“Ending the cycle of malnutrition is critical. Intervening during pregnancy and through the first 1,000 days is optimal.” Source

+ 42) I believe in prevention! The best way to fight against malnutrition is to prevent it from ever happening.

“For infants, MNDs (micronutrient deficiencies) may result from maternal MND in utero or rapid postnatal growth.” Source The best way to prevent malnutrition in children is to prevent nutrient deficiencies in pregnant women.

> + REAson #43 claimed by brenda s.

43) I understand that breaking the cycle of poverty is a challenge. I want Moms and Dads to be empowered to set their children up for success.

“Like poverty, undernutrition and MNDs often occur as part of an intergenerational cycle. During pregnancy and lactation, there are increased macro- and micronutrient requirements. Pregnant mothers without optimal nutritional intakes have children with suboptimal nutritional status including impaired physical and mental development, setting the infant on a deleterious course of stunting, increased likelihood for infection, and developmental delays. In time, these children themselves enter their reproductive years at a nutritional disadvantage and the cycle continues.” Source

+ 44) I give to help families break the cycle of poverty.

“Both malnutrition and poverty often track together and operate synergistically.” Source Breaking the cycle of poverty begins with breaking the cycle of malnutrition.

+ 45) Nutrition is important to me. I support Strong Start so that some of the world’s most vulnerable pregnant women can have access to life-saving nutrition.

“Maternal iron deficiency is associated with low birth weight, premature delivery, and a host of perinatal complications, especially hemorrhage. Anemia is estimated to contribute to 20% of maternal deaths.” Source Addressing maternal nutrition saves lives.

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> + REASON #46 CLAIMED BY NANCY B.

46) I choose to invest in the future of Haiti! I give to support Strong Start because investing in one Mother today, is investing in the next generation of Haiti.

“Early-life nutrition has long-lasting impacts on the individual and society, including poorer adult health, less educational attainment, diminished work capacity, and lower lifetime earning potential. An estimated 11% of the gross national product in Africa and Asia are lost each year secondary to the high burden of malnutrition. Estimates of increased earning potential due to early-life nutrition interventions are as high as 50%” Source

> + REASON #47 CLAIMED BY WENDY H.

I love Haiti. I give to Strong Start because I believe that improving the life of even one woman and child will impact the entire nation.

“Investments in women’s and children’s health strengthen the entire health system.” Source

> + REASON #48 CLAIMED BY CYNTHIA T.

I believe in the model of Second Mile Haiti. I believe that the money I give directly saves the lives of women and children.

“An approach combining improved family planning with incremental improvements in skilled birth attendance, transport, referral, and appropriate intrapartum care in high-quality facilities could prevent 75 percent of maternal deaths at a cost of less than US$200 per year of live saved.” Source

+ 49) I believe family planning creates opportunities for women. It brings places like Haiti closer and closer towards gender equality.

“It (family planning) enables women to escape the incessant cycle of pregnancies and infant care and represents progress toward gender equality and enhanced opportunities for women.” Source

+ 50) I give to Strong Start because my support is a vote for equality.

Access to adequate food and nutrition is a basic human right and yet the global burden of child undernutrition remains substantial, being drive by poverty, social inequities and lack of enough nutritious food. Source