Miss Toussaint is the head midwife at SBH. Below, she tells us about the role of midwives in Haiti and the crucial care they provide to thousands of women and children each year.
I decided to become a midwife because I love life. When a woman is pregnant, and she delivers, she is creating a life. I love this, and I love to care for the newborn babies.
Midwives are incredibly important for hospitals…In Haiti there are a lot of women who die in the process of childbirth because they do not receive the care they need when they need it.
Midwives help to lower the rate of maternal deaths as they educate mothers about their pregnancy. [We] can respond to any complications that may arrive throughout the pregnancy and delivery. [We] provide care to women from the day that they find out they are pregnant through their delivery. We also give mothers additional support and counseling for pregnancy and motherhood. We educate them about the process of their pregnancy, what to expect during pregnancy and delivery, what foods to eat, and how to stay healthy, and we advise mothers on care for their newborn babies.
After delivery, [we] continue to provide care to the mother and baby. [We] also provide mothers with education about family planning, showing them the various methods that they can choose. We serve many roles!