• Lala

    Amazing!

  • KathyB

    Hurray! Tangible change. I have a much younger friend who lives in Florida. She will be 31 this month. I met her when she was a college student. Her mother, age 17, got on a boat headed to Florida and made it in time to safely give birth to her here. Very proud of her Haitian heritage and would be so proud of EMC too. May have to send her a link to this piece.

  • http://www.LuckyBitch.com/ Denise Duffield-Thomas (the Lu

    F-ck that’s inspiring. Just made a donation. Thanks for doing good work in the world.

  • Alexsulliv

    Thanks for writing about this, I had been wondering what your travels had wrought – congratulations to everyone involved with the EMC – you are making a major difference! Thank you for bringing more attention to this!

  • JP

    Does EMC have a family planning component? That is great that there will be safe birthing facilities, but hopefully there is funding and operational support for contraception for the women that wish to access it after delivery.

  • Claudia

    Dear Heather,

    Please advocate for adequate training and staffing of the hospital you are working to build. When I worked in Bangladesh, we encountered hospitals in rural villages that had beautiful birthing suites donated and built by UNICEF that still had plastic wrap covering them because they had no midwives, no birth attendants, and no doctors who could use them. Most of their 36 beds went to adult patients and were staffed by 1 doctor and 2 nurses who took turns covering shifts between them. If your organization turned its focus on this major issue (utilizing the hospital after it is built) I have no doubt that it would be able to bring about major change.

  • kmpinkel

    Well, done! Thank you for giving a bit of history in regards to how EMC came about and what they wanted to do. Not only are they helping thousands upon thousands of women, but the organizations that are on the ground each and every day have to be so grateful for the help that EMC is bringing to them. Again, well done!

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    This was great to read, Heather. I love the follow up. I didn’t really get the need for the FitBit tangent in such an important and heartfelt blog post, but I’m so glad to see people’s donations being put to good use.

    I do agree that what happens inside those walls is more important than having a fabulous building. So hopefully the support and training will be ongoing. Are internship opportunities going to be created for American students? I knew someone in college (she was pre-med) who spent six months in Vietnam helping doctors and training people specific to local medical needs.

    The photos really brought this to life for me. Thank you for sharing.

  • Heather Armstrong

    This building will be run by Midwives for Haiti who train and staff several other clinics in the Central Plateau. Like I said in my post, EMC partners with organizations on the ground who do good work. They’d never invest in a project that wouldn’t be seen to completion and run successfully. You should read about their amazing work:

    https://www.midwivesforhaiti.org

  • The Iron Maiden

    Regarding the FitBit tangent, Carla. Sometimes, when you’re in the middle of important work, or living through a difficult or profound experience (like birth), you notice something small. And noticing that small thing, where everyday it’s a yeah whatever thing, but juxtaposed against the big thing you’re doing now…. you have a reaction, just thinking of the absurdity of that thing in this moment’s context. Heather is just sharing her reaction, and now that I think about it, serves as a tool to make us think about things as well.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Family planning is a huge component of Every Mother Count’s approach, yes. In fact, we visited two hospitals in Haiti (one supported by Midwives For Haiti) that educate women on family planning and offer free contraceptives.

  • Heather Armstrong

    This is very much what I was trying to express, and I also thought it fitting that there I was under that tree being reminded *in that moment* of my own mother. My bond with her is so powerful. Mother and child.

    It’s also a part of the storytelling aspect of this, how lucky I am to have that bond with her, the humor we share between us. The work EMC is doing is important in so many ways, one of them being to offer the opportunity for mothers and their children to thrive so that they, too, can experience this bond.

  • Heather Armstrong

    Thank you! Working with them has been by far one of the most fulfilling things I’ve ever done in my life. It has completely changed me, and I am so thankful for that. They have so much to teach and share.

  • http://www.lifeofjill.com/ jillmansfield

    There is so much hurt and need in the world, it’s overwhelming. And it’s hard to know how to help. I’m grateful for your perspective and experience.

  • Jen Moore

    You all are doing such great work. Thank you. I share with my students EMC in both my Intro to Women’s Studies and Women of the World courses each term. Rock on.

  • Jen Moore

    Thanks for doing this great work. It all matters and it all helps to improve lives. I share EMC with all my Women’s Studies students.

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    I loved reading this. Thank you. :o )

  • http://www.twitter.com/lovesmoose Carla

    Thanks, Heather. :o )

  • Jenny

    Amazing work and you really do share their sorry in a powerful way. Thank you.

  • jenny

    Story not sorry.