The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) midwifery event À chaque maman, son bébé. À chaque bébé, sa maman took place at the Espace Mushagalusa in Montreal on October 24, 2017.

Guest of honor, Ambrocckha Kabeya, male midwife and President of the Congolese Society for Midwifery Practice (SCOSAF) was accompanied by Canadian midwives Raymonde Gagnon, professor and former president of the Order of Midwives having worked in the DRC, and Sylvie Saunier, CAM consultant recently returned from the DRC.

Together, they discussed the DRC’s dire need for maternal care as well as the steps that led to the development of new training on emergency neonatal obstetric care (SONU) by and for midwives in the DRC, a joint collaboration involving the Canadian Association of Midwives and Cuso International, and funded by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada.

“The partnership was first and foremost to seek reinforcement, to gain strength in this particular field in order to save women. It is known all over the world that in the foreground the midwife is the carrier of health which is essential for the health of the mother. And in the world, the countries that have invested in midwifery have been able to solve the problems that the DRC is experiencing today.”

– Ambrocckha Kabeya, President of the Congolese Society for Midwifery Practice (SCOSAF)
Raymonde Gagnon, Ambrocckha Kabeya (SCOSAF), Sylvie Saunier, and Caroline Tessier (Cuso International)
Raymonde Gagnon, Ambrocckha Kabeya, Sylvie Saunier,  and panel facilitator Caroline Tessier, Cuso International

“For my part, I accompanied the SCOSAF which wants to go towards regulation, therefore, a professional law for midwives. (Here in Canada), we have a history of having established a professional order, so it is something that is interesting to share with the SCOSAF and with the Democratic Republic of Congo because it is really a way to help midwives to be better recognized and to also be more efficient in the field.”

– Raymonde Gagnon, Canadian midwife, and professor

“They themselves found that they were really much better equipped now after completing the training. They were completely convinced that they wanted to transform their workplaces upon arriving at work on the following Monday morning after the training, so we explained to them that they had to go slowly to not jostle everyone who had not followed these same courses so as not to risk making enemies, and instead to quietly start sowing seeds once they were back in their workplaces.”

– Sylvie Saunier, Canadian midwife

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