Traditional Birth Attendant Training – A Day of Recognition

On Friday June 29, 2012, Haiti Village Health celebrated the achievements of the trainees involved in the Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) training program. Gathered at the guesthouse for the afternoon alongside the TBA trainees, were all HVH/Santé Pou Yo personnel, Dr. Emmanuelle Britton, Women’s Health Director and Hannah Steadman, Country Director. Miss Youselène Pierre-Louis, (Santé Pou Yo nurse and Traditional Birth Attendant trainer), conducted the ceremony as the audience members discussed the training program, shared stories, ate, sang, danced, and gave thanks.

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On Friday June 29, 2012, Haiti Village Health celebrated the achievements of the trainees involved in the Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) training program. Gathered at the guesthouse for the afternoon alongside the TBA trainees, were all HVH/Santé Pou Yo personnel, Dr. Emmanuelle Britton, Women’s Health Director and Hannah Steadman, Country Director. Miss Youselène Pierre-Louis, (Santé Pou Yo nurse and Traditional Birth Attendant trainer), conducted the ceremony as the audience members discussed the training program, shared stories, ate, sang, danced, and gave thanks.

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In review of the program, the TBAs felt that their learning objectives were met. Knowledge and skills were taught in an interactive and fun manner, such that retention rates were high. They felt that through the dissemination of such programs, there would be an overall reduction in maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality. Thank you Miss Youselène and Sarah (volunteering nurse midwife) for your hard work in hosting and facilitating these sessions, your teaching skills definitely shined and will not be forgotten.

Each traditional birth attendant who participated in a minimum of 80% of the sessions, received a certificate of attendance to the TBA training in Healthy Pregnancy and Safe Delivery.

Thanks to AmeriCares funding and donations from the Cap Health Network, each TBA also received safe birthing kits to assist them in at least 3 deliveries. These kits include: soap, gowns, sheets, sterile gloves, gauzes, razor blades, alcohol swabs, tie strings, antibiotic ophthalmic ointment, suction bulb.

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With the help of AmeriCares funding, we plan to complete 2 more revision sessions – these will held monthly and we hope to continue providing safe birthing materials to these hardworking and important community members, the TBAs.

We hope to be able to continue monthly revision sessions and material distribution thereafter.

Final comment of the day: participating Traditional Birth Attendant - “When will you host another TBA training program – for the upcoming generation of TBAs?”

 

Written by Emmanuelle Britton MD CM, CCFP
Women’s Health Director & Assistant Director
Haiti Village Health


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