Midwives for Haiti: Unsung Hero Bernard Forteus
Bernard Forteus has been a Traditional Birth Attendant (TBA) since he was 25 years old. “I’ve delivered a lot of babies”, he says about nearly 40 years serving his community in rural Haiti. Midwives for Haiti, a Project Partner of GFH provides essential Continuing Education for Bernard and other TBA’s to recognize danger signs in pregnancy, provide sanitary birth techniques and clean birth kits, and promote health in their patients.
Midwives for Haiti (MFH) joins Global Force for Healing and other Network partners in our belief that no woman or baby should die during pregnancy or childbirth. MFH trains skilled birth attendants to increase access to care and end preventable maternal and infant deaths in Haiti (www.midwivesforhaiti.org). They also provide these essential services to families and communities who would otherwise go without them in Haiti, which has the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the Western Hemisphere. Bravo, Bernard!
To read Bernard’s entire inspiring story: https://www.midwivesforhaiti.org/blog/