From 2000 to today, midwifery in Haiti has been evolving. This profession, which decades ago hardly existed for some and for others was confused with traditional childbirth, is beginning to take its place timidly within the Haitian health system.
From a nurse midwifery specialization school with approximately 18 months of study to a midwifery training school with 3 years of study, midwifery is now on the verge of becoming a 4‑year program, and will thus be integrated into the Univerisité d’État d’Haïti (UEH).
Thanks to various strategies employed by the Association of Nurse Midwives of Haiti (AISFH), many people in the Haitian community are beginning to embrace this profession, which is committed to the well‑being of women.
However, there is still a long way to go. This profession, which is the third largest medical profession in the world, is still struggling to take its rightful place in the health hierarchy in Haiti. Its recognition and valorization still leaves much to be desired. A process of regulation of midwifery is needed, and the number of midwives spread throughout the country is far from sufficient to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Haiti.
But the best is yet to come. Thanks to the support of many AISFH partners, midwifery may be moving slowly but surely towards a bright future: where more than one midwifery school will be in charge of training the quantity of midwives needed to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rate in Haiti; where midwifery will be recognized and valued by the Haitian community; and finally, where their working conditions will be improved and the practice of midwifery regulated.
– Jeffthanie Mathurin, Communications and Public Relations Manager, AISFH