Ms. Toussaint recently helped lead the transition into the new Maternal and Neonatal Health Center (MNH). “The old facility was too small and didn’t have enough beds. As our number of patients increased, more and more women had to go through much of their labor on the benches outside of the delivery room,” she recalls. “Women have always told me that they think we provide good care,” she continues, “but now we have a nice new facility that allows us to give even better care than before.” With 6 antepartum, 6 postpartum, and 5 delivery beds, Ms. Toussaint and the maternal health staff have a much-improved capacity to provide a safe and enjoyable birthing experience for their patients.
For Ms. Toussaint, the MNH center means that more women will deliver at SBH surrounded by the most advanced medical care available in the region. “People are more willing to visit our new center,” she remarks. “In fact, I am doing more prenatal consultations and deliveries than before the MNH center opened last month. We usually have 80-90 births per month, but we have already had 50 at the halfway point this month.” Though it means more long hours and late-night deliveries, Ms. Toussaint can’t help but smile as she turns back to her work in the delivery room, knowing that she will have the opportunity to help more women deliver safely.