When I traveled to Haiti for the first time in 2003, I left there a different woman than I came. As a certified nurse midwife working for a well-appointed women’s medical practice in the United States, I regularly provided prenatal care and accompanied women during births that, by and large, went smoothly. (And when they didn’t go smoothly, a physician and back-up medical intervention were readily available.) It’s easy to take such services for granted in the comfort and wealth of the United States, where maternal and infant mortality are relatively low.

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