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Field Report: Prenatal Consultations in Crochu, Haiti

by Katie Carroll | May 01, 2014

In Crochu, Haiti, it is very challenging for pregnant women to go to prenatal consultations. They need to walk for several hours in the mountains to reach the main road where they can hire a motorcycle to go to the hospitals in Mirebalais (14.5 miles) or Saut d’Eau (7.5 miles), or to Marie Madeleine hospital (13.5 miles).

Since February 2014, MTI is sensitizing the community about the importance of prenatal consultations. During the month of April, MTI coordinated with the Ministry of Health and a hospital of the district of Croix-des-Bouquets to offer prenatal consultations in Crochu.

The first prenatal clinic was held on Wednesday 23rd of April in the little building offered by the community. The pregnant women seen in prenatal clinic were screened for HIV and Syphilis; they received immunizations shots against Tetanus and prenatal vitamins with two essential micronutrients: iron and folic acid. The nurse who saw them also discussed with them their babies’ birth plans.

Thank you for your support of our Haiti programs, which makes these clinics possible.

Pregnant Women Waiting for Prenatal Consultation

Pregnant Woman During Her Prenatal Consultation

Pregnant Woman Receives Her Immunization Shots

Pregnant Women after Prenatal Consultation on the Way Home with Prenatal Vitamins and Essential Micronutrients