Since Dr. Bob Skankey started the program in 2012, we have been training traditional birth attendants at Tamesna. Some have been there from the beginning. When Dr. Becky Jones and her mid-wife sister Pat Manzon took over the program in 2016 it became an all female team with Tamesna clinic director Rabi.
The matrones had all completed reports which indicated they had assisted at 246 births in the last year, with one maternal mortality (which actually happened in the hospital after evacuation) and four infant mortalities, all of which were born dead.
We are very proud of these hardworking matrones who are making pregnancy and birth safer and saving lives of mothers and babies.
The mission is now ready to expand to a new area of Iferouane–check back or click on follow to get updates on the new posts–
Wow! What amazing work you are all doing. So proud to have worked as a midwife alongside Dr Becky in Gisborne, New Zealand. An incredible woman. Much love to all the matrones
I totally agree–Dr. Becky is a wonder and makes all that hard work fun!