Physician and Midwives Collaborative Practice Donates to Midwives for Haiti

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    QuoteThe donation acknowledges the work Midwives for Haiti is doing to increase access to care and end preventable maternal and infant deaths in Haiti.Quote
  • Washington, DC-MD-VA-WV (1888PressRelease) February 16, 2017 - Today, Dr. David Giammittorio, CEO and founder of Physicians and Midwives Collaborative Practice, announces the donation of $25,000 to Midwives for Haiti, a non-profit dedicated to providing skilled maternity care to mothers in Haiti, the most dangerous country in the Western Hemisphere to give birth.

    The $25,000 donation from Physicians and Midwives acknowledges the work Midwives for Haiti is doing to increase access to care and end preventable maternal and infant deaths in Haiti. Due to geographic remoteness and socioeconomic status, many mothers in Haiti do not receive the care they require. In fact, only about 25% of births in rural Haiti are attended by a skilled provider.

    In addition to the group's donation, Physicians and Midwives will receive a visit from Midwives for Haiti's Head Midwife and founder, Nadene Brunk, in April 2017 for a Q&A with the staff. During this visit, the group hopes to brainstorm further aid that can be provided to the people of Haiti. Giammittorio said, "Our goal is to develop a program that would allow us to take some profit and send it to Haiti. Our midwives could visit Haiti in an effort to educate the native Haitian midwives and physicians. We could help them set up a mobile prenatal clinic, or get a birthing center up and running. There are so many exciting avenues that would allow us to give back as a whole."

    Physicians and Midwives Collaborative Practice offers women a variety of options for their healthcare needs. There are five locations throughout Virginia, and twenty-three providers within the practice. The team offers an array of services, including free pregnancy classes, obstetrics, gynecology, midwifery, in-office sonograms, women wellness exams, and 24-7 in-hospital care.

    Midwives for Haiti founder, Nadene Brunk, started teaching Haitian nurses in 2003, but Midwives for Haiti officially reached non-profit status in 2006. The organization provides training for birthing professionals, and now the hospital they partnered with has 18 Skilled Birth Attendants. Each year, trainees of the program help to safely deliver over 2,200 babies. Midwives for Haiti continues to develop programs that help the cause, including the introduction of a Mobile Prenatal Clinic, an outreach program that reaches Haitian natives and allows them to get involved, a Postnatal Care program, and most recently, the opening of the Carrie Wortham Birth Center. Nadene will be visiting the Physicians and Midwives offices in April for a Q&A with the staff.

    For more information, or to book an appointment with Physicians and Midwives Collaborative Practice of Virginia, call (703)370-4300. To make a donation to Midwives of Haiti, visit their website.

    About Physicians and Midwives
    Physicians and Midwives is composed of a team of doctors and midwives that practice in five centers spread out across Northern Virginia (Alexandria, North Arlington, Mount Vernon, Kingstowne, and Woodbrige), all the offices are connected by a state of the art Electronic Medical Record. We understand that our patients are time sensitive and our office hours and locations are in place to stress convenience. In addition, our dedicated call center is in place during office hours to facilitate your requests for medication refills, lab results or questions about your treatment.

    About Midwives for Haiti
    Midwives For Haiti educates Haitian nurses to become Skilled Birth Attendants in order to scale access to midwifery care in Haiti quickly. MFH leverages international volunteers to support the didactic and clinical training of its students. The program has graduated seventy-one SBAs since 2006 and another seventeen students, the seventh class, will graduate in March 2015.

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