Expectant mother holding pregnant belly

Volunteer Spotlight: Jen Ballard Provides Care for Expectant Mothers in the Dominican Republic

Neonatal and obstetric care is challenging in the Dominican Republic – nearly all births in the nation of 10.7 million take place at hospitals, yet many hospitals lack the space and equipment needed to meet the high number of patients. With help from volunteers like obstetrician Jen Ballard, Project HOPE is working to reduce the Dominican neonatal mortality rate and provide care to expectant mothers – many of whom are still teenagers.