Homeopathy for the Childbearing year
Arnica to the Rescue-Three cases from Haiti
Submitted by Lauren Fox FNP-BC,CCH -- Clinical Director
In November 2018, HWB began teaching the “Fundamentals of Homeopathy for the Childbearing Year” course in Haiti. We have the great fortune of partnering with a large maternity center, which has offered the students a very rich clinical experience.
In the first session, three common uses of Arnica montana presented themselves, brilliantly!
Case 1: A woman who had a long labor was experiencing severe afterpains with normal flow at 4 hours postpartum.
Case 2: A newborn with a subconjunctival hemorrhage in his left eye, who was otherwise doing well.
Case 3: A newborn who had a huge subdural hematoma with moderate jaundice who was being observed in the “sick” nursery.
Fundamentals of Homeopathy for Birth Attendants 2019
Eleven students successfully completed session 2 of 3. After successful completion of their quizzes, students received their Homeopathic Birthing Kits which includes 46 medicines. After 3 days of class, clinics were held at a very busy maternity hospital (300 patients per month). The course is taught by Lauren Fox, FNP-BC, CCH and assisted by Israel Joseph, RN, a graduate of HWB's first course for Birth Attendants and Fabienne Gautier, RN, a graduate of the Fundamentals of Homeopathy course.
Seventeen women were treated on the maternity floor for a range of concerns: pre-eclampsia, failure to progress, severe after-pains, poor milk supply, severe hemorrhoids post-delivery, episiotomy pain, and newborn eye discharge.
A woman treated in November received a prenatal follow up. She had been initially treated for the chief complaint of low abdominal pressure and repetitive miscarriages. She was now 36 weeks gestation, the longest she had ever gone!
Lauren and Holly Manoogian, Executive Director, met with the director of the hospital who confirmed his enthusiasm for the program and welcomed our consideration to teach there again in the future.
Homeopathy Course for those Who Attend Births
By 2013, HWB, at the request of Haitian birth attendants, had developed the Homeopathy for Birth Attendants curriculum. This program provides midwives and birth attendants who already attend births with theoretical and clinical training. Course participants learn homeopathic therapeutics for pregnancy, labor and delivery and the postpartum period for mother and infant along with principles, methodologies and procedures of homeopathic care. Protocols are provided to include treatment for common conditions during the prenatal, antenatal, and postpartum periods, as well as emergency conditions. The first class of Homeopathy for Birth Attendants graduated in June 2014.
Maternal and Birth Statistics for Haiti 2014
- Birth Rate: 22.83/1000
- Mother’s Mean Age at First Birth: 22.7
- Infant Mortality Rate: 49.43/1000
- Maternal Mortality Rate: 350 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
- Lack of any Healthcare: 47%
- Women who have no prenatal, ante-natal, or post-partum care available: 67%
- Children under age 5 who are malnourished: 18.9% (2006)
In March 2014, three American homeopaths traveled by microbus over steep mountain passes to the much smaller coastal city of Jacmel to participate in the second of three homeopathic training sessions for birth attendants (matrons & patrons), each of which lasts three days (1 training day and 2 clinic days for pregnant mamas and babies). Lauren Fox, FNP-BC, CCH organized this comprehensive training, and PG Legerme was the Haitian teacher of what HWB hopes is the first in a series of Haiti wide trainings to address the enormous maternal/child health consequences of 67% of rural Haitian women giving birth with no support. Lauren is a thirty+ year veteran nurse midwife / nurse practitioner and homeopath from MA., and HWB is blessed with her dedication to the work in Haiti. The training and clinic were well received by the matrons and patrons who attended, despite the tete chaje (problems beyond problems) that occur daily in a country virtually without infrastructure. Learn more.