Hamlin Fistula USA

World Class Treatment and Prevention of Childbirth Injuries

What We Do

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.

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Prevention

Safe births prevent fistula from happening in the first place. Hamlin trains and sends midwives to rural areas of Ethiopia to ensure women have the best chance at high-quality care.

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Education

From training midwives and surgeons, to teaching women skills that help them rejoin their communities post-surgery – education is at the core of Hamlin’s mission.

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Treatment

We pioneered the surgical techniques used to restore the lives of millions of women around the world. So far, Hamlin has treated more than 50,000 women.

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