Access to Skilled Birth Attendants (SBAs) is so very important to improve birth outcomes for the mothers and infants of Haiti. At St. Therese Hospital in Hinche, we currently pay the salaries of 16 staff SBAs, all graduates of our program. We do this because the hospital is underfunded and the women of Hinche deserve to have quality skilled care available 24/7. Day in and day out, we see the difference that these SBAs make in the lives of the mothers and infants they care for.
In a country that has a severe shortage of Skilled Birth Attendants and lacks the resources to pay a fair salary, we believe that this support is a long term investment with the potential for huge returns. We are investing in the careers of women and men who are not only supporting their own families, but have also committed their life’s work to fighting maternal and infant mortality within their own communities.
Please join us and sponsor a Skilled Birth Attendant today. An annual salary is $4160, or $320 per month.* A seemingly small amount to us but a life-changing sum for a SBA, her family, and the 160+ mothers and babies she will care for each year at St. Therese Hospital. (*Including the customary one-month holiday bonus.)
As a sponsor, you will receive a tax-deductible receipt, photo and personal letter from your sponsored SBA, and quarterly updates on their work.
Below are the Skilled Birth Attendants whose salaries we need sponsored immediately. In the past we have crowdfunded these salaries, each person chipping in a minimum of $15 a month, until the salary was covered. It takes 26 indivduals at $15 each to pay a monthly salary. Click on each link to learn more about team sponsorship and to pledge a minnimum recurring donation of $15/month* to support his or her work. You could also take on all or part of a salary. We absolutley appreciate whatever you might be able to give, however often.
Ysemonique Thelesmon: Mother of three (ages 12, 8, and 4) and daughter of a Traditional Birth Attendant (matròn in Haitian Creole), Ysemonique is also the sister of fellow Midwives For Haiti SBA and preceptor, Gennette.
Of her job at Ste. Therese Hospital, Ysemonique says, “There is a lot of postpartum hemorrhage here and there are not enough people working at the hospital. There is a lack of staff for the number of people we care for. My job is important because I’m taking care of my own family but also providing care to the community.”