Making Baby Steps:
A year ago I blogged about pregnant women destined to deliver amidst the rubble after the earthquake in Haiti. I hoped that one year later, everything would be different, better. In some ways, it is. In many ways, however, new disasters, disease, political unrest and longstanding poverty conditions mean that instead of making great strides toward recovery, Haiti is making baby steps.
Last year, 37,000 women were known to be pregnant at the time of the earthquake. Women like Julietter who was seven months along and Joane, who delivered in public on a pile of cardboard packing boxes. Or Saluka who's newborn developed diarrhea and Marie-Michele who had no idea how and where she'd deliver her breech baby. There were no hospitals, no medical supplies and no clean water.
I asked my friends at CARE what happened to these women. Did Saluka's baby survive? Did Marie-Michele have a safe delivery? No one knew. There's no way to know where they are now. TheyRead More »from Haiti, One Year Later