Kelly Dunn has been a practicing traditional midwife for 12 years. She is the founder of Mother Health International in Jacmel, Haiti, a birth center dedicated to the vision of providing all girls and women access to education and health care that helps them to love themselves, their bodies and their children. Kelly has worked in developing nations for the last nine years, helping to empower women and girls in impoverished areas. She lives in rural British Columbia with her husband and assistant, Josh, and her 13- year-old son, Sky.
The many benefits of this simple, inexpensive procedure are explored. Find out why cord burning is making a comeback!
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Midwives from Mother Health International are still assisting earthquake victims in Haiti. In this moving tale, the author helps a young teenage mother who is alone, afraid and in labor.
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Along with heartbreak and death, the great tsunami of 2004 in Sumatra also brought new challenges to traditions of birthing. Volunteers from Yayasan Bumi Sehat, a nonprofit center, demonstrate how to protect babies from infection by burning the umbilical cord rather than cutting it.
Read more…. Tsunami Midwives: Learning to Burn the Umbilical Cord