Area Nurses to Volunteer in Nicaraguan Hospital
Aimee Creelman, Kristin Anderson, and Debbie Kitzmiller from the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital Birthing Center will be traveling to Nicaragua in March on a volunteer mission to raise awareness about lactation and other issues related to labor, delivery and newborn care.
The group will spend one week in Leon, Nicaragua’s second largest city, at the request of Hospital Escuela. According to BMH Birthing Center Nurse Manager Debbie Partrick, the hospital has been seeking volunteer assistance in strengthening their current lactation support services. The group will also bring much needed medical equipment and educational supplies to provide safe care for their obstetric and newborn patients.
In addition to promoting and supporting lactation, the group will collaborate with Nicaraguan nurses in the care of mothers and newborns in labor, delivery, and post partum care. Partrick says one volunteer is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, while other members of the group hold specialty certifications in fetal monitoring and neonatal resuscitation. All the volunteers have extensive experience in public health, speak Spanish and have traveled to Latin America previously.
“Breastfeeding has been shown to improve infant and maternal health, especially in developing countries where lack of clean water is linked to diarrhea illnesses, a leading cause of infant mortality in Nicaragua.” says Partrick.
To donate, you can either mail a check made out to Aimee Creelman to:
Aimee Creelman c/o Brattleboro-Nurses-Nicaragua
P.O. Box 6424 Brattleboro, VT 05302