PRE- & POSTNATAL CARE, EDUCATION & NUTRITION
HUFH program nurses run prenatal clinics in Limonade, Bois -de-Lance, Robillard and Madeleine in Cap Haitien, assisted by our TSKs (community health workers) who help identify women in need of care. Expectant moms receive regular medical check-ups, essential nutrients, and education on pregnancy, birth and newborn care. All women in the program are screened for diabetes and hypertension, treated for medical problems as needed, and given a safe birth plan, including referrals to partner hospitals for high risk deliveries, using HUFH’s emergency referral fund. Our program OB-GYN visits each site and examines all women monthly. After giving birth, lactating moms continue to receive nutritional supplements and post-natal medical care.
In 2015, HUFH donated portable ultrasound machines to two of our partner hospitals, Hopital de Convention Baptiste Haiti (HCBH) and Justinian, and, continuing a program we began earlier, we offered an intensive two-day workshop on advanced ultrasound techniques for recognition of life threatening conditions in pregnant women.
HUFH is continuing this training with the residents at Justinian Hospital via telemedicine conferences. Ultrasound evaluation of pregnancies has taken on additional urgency in light of the mosquito-born Zika virus epidemic and the subsequent risk of having babies with microcephaly, a condition when a baby’s head is smaller than expected, potentially causing serious developmental disabilities.