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Jermain Romeize is suffering complications during childbirth in post-earthquake Haiti. Fortunately, she is being looked after in a maternity hospital, which was built entirely out of shipping containers as a rapid response to the earthquake.
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Segment 1

VOICEOVER
Jermain Romeize has been in labor for six hours. She has preeclampsia -- high blood pressure, dangerous for both mother and baby.
DOCTOR
Breathe, breathe. Now push, push.
JERMAIN ROMEIZE
Wow, mercy, mercy.
VOICEOVER
Fortunately, she safely delivers a healthy baby boy: Stanley. Giving birth in Haiti is risky. It has the highest maternal mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Skilled medics supervise only a quarter of births. But Jermain and her baby are lucky. She's being looked after in a specialist maternity hospital. It's built entirely out of shipping containers. It was created as a rapid response to the devastation caused by the earthquake, which put many health centers out of action.
SYLVAIN GROULX [Head of Mission, Medecins Sans Frontieres, Haiti]
There was a need; the hospital in which we were in prior to the earthquake, unfortunately the structure was no longer safe.
VOICEOVER
This one hundred and twenty bed facility is one of four container hospitals built by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Haiti for local doctors and nurses. A container hospital like this can be set up in five or six months.
SYLVAIN GROULX
All of the electrical furnishings that you see, the air conditioning units for example, all of the plumbing as well, this all came as part of the package.
VOICEOVER
These services create safe, hygienic workspaces for the Haitian staff.
SYLVAIN GROULX
It's very, very important for us to have proper working conditions for our lab techs. It has cold chain, so fridges, and freezers, for example here we have our blood bank.
VOICEOVER
The hospital specializes in caring for mothers whose lives, or those of their babies, are in danger. This woman has complications in her pregnancy, so her baby is being carefully monitored using ultrasound.
NURSE
Your baby is normal. He looks okay on the scan. When he is born, we'll have to take him for tests, to check that he doesn't have any respiratory problems.
VOICEOVER
Over three hundred babies are born here every month. Many of them are small and weak, so this neonatal ward is designed to give them the special care they need.
SYLVAIN GROULX
These children are all born premature. They really need intensive care 24 hours a day.
VOICEOVER
Basic incubators have replaced the more sophisticated ones that were lost in the earthquake. Life remains extremely challenging in Haiti. But for today at least, Jermain is able to just enjoy her first moments with her baby.