Birth & Midwifery in Trinidad-Tobago
Resources for parents and practitioners
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Midwifery Today Country Contact*
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Debrah Lewis a founding member of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives. She is Midwife/Director of the Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre, where they started doing births in 2008, including waterbirths. Her goal for international midwifery: “To see a network in my region—the Caribbean—and ultimately the world.”
- www.mamatoto.net—Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre
- www.frontierkidscare.com—Frontier Kids Care is a site with info on babies
- www.missingsolace.com—Solace is a site for families who have had a loss
Amicus Maternity Center: Part I
Located in the small double island democratic republic of Trinidad-Tobago is one of the most unique birthing practices, possibly in the world. Named Amicus Maternity Center, from the Latin words for love and friendship, it is located on the island of Trinidad, seven miles off the east coast of Venezuela. Amicus has flourished as a result of the strength and perseverance of one midwife who founded it thirty five years ago.
Venus Mark, a brilliant and dynamic nurse-midwife, opened this full-service birth center on July 23, 1970. She continues to mother it and to work there. Often only one strong, tenacious individual is needed to manifest a great idea. In the world of midwives, doulas and activists, many such determined people are working with heart and soul for the good of motherbaby. That is certainly true in the case of Amicus, which is a replicable model.
[Please read the rest of this article here.]