During an expectant mother’s 1-2 week stay at Kay Fanm Ansent they can take part in educational sessions on a variety of topics relating to newborn health, infectious disease prevention, hygiene and sanitation, and general health topics. Ms. Rose Andre, who has worked at Kay Fanm Ansent for four years, conducts these sessions at 9 AM every morning. Since the average length of stay for each mother is about one week she makes sure to rotate topics frequently enough that each mother can benefit from learning about the most important health issues.
One topic Rose covers regularly is infant nutrition and breastfeeding. “Many mothers in Haiti buy powdered milk for their children. Sometimes people think that becomes something is expensive it must also be healthy. So, we teach mothers here that if they take care of their own nutrition, eat proteins, carbohydrates, and vegetables, they can breastfeed their children (and provide all the nutrition they need). Every mother leaves here knowing that their babies can find fats, sugars, and vitamin A in breast milk.” They also discuss how breast milk is safer for newborns in Haiti because formula mixed from powdered milk carries high risks of infection from contaminated water or containers. “Most mothers are happy to learn that,” says Rose.