Carline Jean-Gilles is a Skilled Birth Attendant (SBA) at St. Therese Hospital and mother of four.  We recently sat down with Carline to learn more about why this work matters to her…

Tell me about your family.

My husband left several years ago. I live with my mom, children and some other family members. My mom has been disabled for four years. I have four kids (ages 21, 18, 13, 7). It’s because of Midwives for Haiti that I can provide for and take care of them.

Why do you like being an SBA?

Before becoming a Skilled Birth Attendant I used to see people catching babies alone and I always wondered if I could do that, too. Now, when a person is laboring I know that it’s not that complicated and that I have the skills to do a whole normal birth without help.

Why is your job at St. Therese Hospital important? 

Often, at St. Therese Hospital we have patients from very rural parts of the country. The Midwives for Haiti mobile clinic mobilizes and takes care of women from the countryside and then they are very frequently referred to our hospital. I’m glad that I get to work with people from rural places because they have fewer chances to get care or access to care elsewhere. So, at the hospital I’m decreasing maternal and fetal death.

What is the biggest challenge in keeping moms and babies healthy?

The high rate of pre-eclampsia here.

I learned a lot of skills from MFH about taking care of babies and counseling moms to make them feel comfortable, safe and good about taking care of their babies (like breastfeeding technique, for example). Last week there was a baby that wasn’t crying or wanting to breastfeed. I had taken care of the mom as she labored the whole night before and now the baby was having a hard time wanting to suck. I prepared the baby after the birth and carefully helped the mom to get a latch and breastfeed. Even the father was impressed by my work and so thankful. I was very proud of that birth.

Join Team Carline… We need 23 sponors at $15/month to get Carline’s salary funded and keep her on the maternity floor, providing life saving skills and compassionate midwifery care in Haiti.

Carline will provide quality maternal care and manage about 165 births annually. Her monthly salary is $320, and annual salary (including the customary holiday bonus) is $4160.

As her contributing sponsor, your donation will go directly to Carline. You will also receive a tax-deductible receipt, a photo and thank you letter from Carline,  and bi-monthly email updates on his work.

Here is the Donate form for Carline’s salary. There are three ways to contribute:

1) One-time payment: $15 x 12 = $180 (or any amount above this that you are comfortable with)
2) Recurring donation: Please select  any monthly increment of $15. You can cancel at anytime.
3) Via check: If you’d prefer to send a monthly or annual check, please let us know via email info@midwivesforhaiti.org and then mail to: Midwives For Haiti, 7130 Glen Forest Dr. Ste 101, Richmond, VA 23226 (with “Carline” in memo line)

Carline’s salary is fully funded. Thank you so much!