Making a Difference in Haiti

August 08, 2014  | Maternal Health, Global Partner

The TBAs in Haiti at one of the their monthly training meetings.

The Traditional Birth Attendants (TBA) in Haiti at their monthly training meeting

Did you know that maternal health is one of the five initiatives that Global Women addresses through our global partnerships? We are so thankful that we get to partner with Global Health Action in Haiti to increase access to skilled care before, during, and after childbirth. In the past 3 months, 61 Traditional Birthing Attendants (TBAs) have: - Attended 3 training meetings - Delivered 240 babies - Used 240 clean delivery kits - Referred 42 pregnant women with dangerous signs to clinics - Provided post-natal care to 677 women We are so excited about all the women and babies that have been helped in Haiti through GHA!

Marie is one of the 61 TBAs. She has been a TBA for more than 20 years. She inherited her position as TBA from her grandmother, who taught Marie how to attend births. Marie talks about her experience as a TBA before and after being in the TBA program with GHA: "Before, I carried out the activities of a TBA without any guidelines. As we say in creole, 'Matrone bout kouto.' Even for difficult births, I didn't usually refer the woman to a hospital. I had blind faith in my skills and experiences. But since 2006, I've had the opportunity to participate in trainings with GHA and to learn guidelines for births. I am now a trained TBA who knows her limits. GHA does not just give us training, but supplies us with the necessary materials to do better work in the community. Now, when I am faced with a difficult labor, I refer the woman to the hospital without hesitation. If she refuses to go, I try to motivate both the woman and her family, making them understand the degree of risk of her condition and the potential complications it could have on her health. If she continues to refuse, I contact the local authorities in order to have them support me in my fight to save this woman's endangered life. And the whole community is delighted that I'm taking these efforts to help our women." Please join us in rejoicing in all that God is doing in Haiti, and please continue to pray for Marie and all the TBAs.