Zita’s Healthy Beginnings
Sister Zita Iwuoha
The United States of America spends millions of dollars in healthcare every year but, the United States records the highest infant mortality among the developed countries in the world.
Zita’s Healthy Beginnings is working to close this gap through advocacy, education, and training of Doulas who accompany women during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum.
ZHB holds World of Women podcast live on the first Tuesday every month at 8:00pm Eastern Standard Time to educate and support women.
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My name is Sister Zita Iwuoha. I was born and raised in Nigeria. I am a nurse and a midwife with over twenty years of experience.
The organization seeks to reduce Maternal and Infant mortality by providing access to fertility education, training of community health workers, prenatal care and safe delivery to all mothers.
Our board members have a very diverse background in both the United States and Nigeria.Come and learn who they are
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The Free Annual Medical Clinic in Nigeria
When I was seven years old, my mother shared her ordeal with me, I admired her courage, resilience, and sacrifice, all done to save my life, and I said to her that I would travel the world and take care of women and children whenever I grew up.
After my secondary school education, I struggled with choosing a career part, but one thing that was clear in my mind was the plan to travel the world and provide care to women and children.
I finally decided to become a nurse and a midwife, knowing that these caring professions pointed to what my heart desired. I completed Nursing and Midwifery education in Nigeria.
I worked in Nigeria for a few years after becoming a missionary Sister and have traveled to many parts of the world to provide care to the different populations, especially women and children, for almost 29 years.
In 2015, I worked for the Allegheny health department as a family Nurse partnership RN and home visiting. I worked for four years in this capacity, and I experienced a lot of maternal and child health disparities. I recognized the problems women encounter in accessing health care during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum, and I wondered how to help.
In February 2016, I founded a nonprofit organization called Zita’s Healthy Beginning. This organization aims to reduce maternal and infant mortality in Western Pennsylvania and Nigeria, where maternal and infant mortality is high. We accomplish this through education, training of Doulas, and advocacy. Zita’s Healthy Beginnings conducts annual free clinic in Nigeria. We have secured a piece of land to build a standard maternity hospital (Birthing Place) where women can access care during pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum.
When I reflect on my life journey, I can say that God has positioned me to use my life story, experiences, and skills to provide care to families, especially women and children. I see this call as my mission, passion, and purpose.
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My name is Zita Iwuoha, and I am originally from Nigeria. Maternal health is my passion because my Mother fought her support and saved my life.
ZHB Songhai Farm Benin Africa. Zita’s Healthy Beginnings team visited the Songhai Farm in the Republic Benin in Africa.
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