Robendji Saurtilive clings to her mother as they wait for Robendji’s time for surgery. In the recovery ward at Hopital Universitaire de la Paix, a sense of community has formed among the mothers.Photos by Jennifer Browning.
By Jennifer Browning
PORT-AU-PRINCE–While the fans keep the air from being completely stale, the recovery room is still hot. This is where the waiting takes place. The mothers and caregivers sit here with their babies waiting for a nurse to come in and call their child’s name. And after surgery, this is where they wait for their baby to recover until it is time to go home.
Most recovery rooms are quiet, but as you walk down the hallway you can hear babies crying, mixed in with chatter, and sometimes the voices of mothers singing prayers. While other recovery rooms in Haiti offer observations of voluntary individual isolation, walk into the mother’s world of wait here and you will see that these mothers have created a sense of community.
Some of the mothers who were brought in through Healing Hands of Haiti attended a workshop offered by the organization. During the workshop, the organization informed the mothers how to care for their babies after surgery. So maybe a small bond was created through the workshop, but look into this room and you will see that this bond has grown.
While Rosaline’s little girl, Phoebe, was in surgery, Rosaline held Vigiline’s daughter, Semia, as if Semia were her own. It is a common scene here.