Imagine a World…
Where the nearest health facility is a two-day walk away. Where the risk of dying from pregnancy or childbirth is 1 in 16. This is the world where millions of women live – a world where childbirth injuries are far too common.
Childbirth injuries like obstetric fistula are a result of prolonged obstructed labor where C-section delivery is not possible. Often, women are in labor for days and the babies are stillborn.
These grieving mothers are left with internal damage that causes them to leak urine or feces, or both, uncontrollably. In many cases, they are rejected by their communities and left to live in isolation.
But these injuries are preventable and treatable.
The Hamlin Model of Care
Our vision is a world without childbirth injuries. Hamlin Fistula USA supports world-renowned hospitals that treat women with cutting-edge, compassionate care; a college for midwives who are helping to stop childbirth injuries from happening; and rural healthcare clinics to ensure all mothers can have safe births.