Supermodel Adriana Lima shares a story of hope and perseverance that should resonate with everyone this mother’s day. The model mom and humanitarian travels to Haiti and visit’s St. Damien & St. Luke Hospitals to see the country’s maternity prpgrams and spend time with fellow expecting moms. What she discovered was inspiring – take a look at this special piece Lima wrote for the Huffington Post to learn more.
In a country where one out of 37 women is at risk of dying form pregnancy related causes during her reproductive years, St. Damien’s and St. Luke’s are ensuring that women have access to the care that they need both during and after their pregnancy. St. Damien’s maternity unit, led by Haitian OB/GYN Doctor Aupont, performs 500 births per month, many of them high risk, low birth weight children that are given place in their neonatal program. Walking into the neonatology unit, I was overcome at the site of these beautiful babies. It made me think of my own experience as a mother, made me appreciate how delicate these little lives are, and made me grateful for the work being done to fight for and protect them.