Stories from Haiti by the staff of Midwives For Haiti.

STORIES FROM OUR STAFF

A MIDWIFE IN HAITI: GENETTE THELESMOND

We recently sat down with Genette Thelusmond, Class 3 graduate and MFH teacher, in her home to hear about her life as a midwife in Haiti. The following are excerpts of our conversation. MFH: Tell me about yourself. Why did you want to be a midwife? GT: I’m the 2nd of 8 children

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Midwives in the Making

Three months into their year long training, we caught up with Imene, Judith, and Vadley, all students in our current 8th Class of skilled birth attendants. This trio studied together at the same four year nursing program in Port-au-Prince. All three women were called to midwifery during their nursing training and

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Spotlight: Guillet Enelus, Graudate + Hospital Staff

To ensure access to 24/7 maternity care at Hospital Ste. Therese, the public referral hospital in the Central Plateau of Haiti, Midwives For Haiti recently hired two new staff members (taking our total paid staff at the hospital to 16). The following interview is with Guillet Enelus, skilled attendant and graduate of

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Solutions that Work: Bringing Maternal Care to Rural Women in Haiti

Each day, 800 mothers in the world die from mostly preventable causes during pregnancy or childbirth and 99% of these deaths occur in developing countries. In other words, it is mostly the poorest women in the world who die from causes that we know how to prevent.  In Haiti, where the

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Baby in the Bag

Three weeks ago Rebecca Barlow and I wanted to recreate Frontier Nursing’s “baby in the bag” photo in Haiti. For those of you unfamiliar with the story, in the 1920’s to the 1960’s Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service in south eastern Kentucky. Small clinics and nursing posts were

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Spotlight: Magdala Jude Tells Her Story

My Story by Magdala Jude, Graduate SBA and Mobile Clinic SBA, Midwives For Haiti (MFH) (The setting:  Magdala sits at the kitchen table in the MFH volunteer/instructor home in Hinche, Haiti with Manno, the house manager and translator at her side.  Hopefully, these words will capture Magdala’s spirit, enthusiasm and sincerity.  I would hate for

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The Hospital: Through the Eyes of a First Time Visitor

  The Hospital. Part One: It’s my second day in Haiti. I already have the wonderful, earthy smells and thick heat of Haiti under my fingernails. I’m also covered in mosquito repellant but haven’t seen a single buzzing pest since arriving from London the previous evening. After lunch, Nadene and

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