Rose Annette–a 49-year-old Haitian woman living in the rural village of Boyer outside of Les Cayes with her five children and husband–is 36-weeks pregnant with twin girls and has not had any prenatal care. A severe pain in her stomach brings her to her knees. The pains come and go violently. She is in labor and sends her 4-year-old daughter to fetch the local lay midwife. When they return, the daughter and midwife discover Rose Annette passed out on the ground bathing in a pool of expanding blood. The lay midwife quickly unhinges the door to the hut where Rose Annette lives, ties Rose Annette to the door, attaches the door to her waist, and proceeds to drag Rose Annette’s pale, pregnant form down the mountain to the clinic located an hour away by foot.
Unfortunately, Rose Annette is suffering from pre-eclampsia, a condition of pregnancy marked by dangerously high blood pressures, seizures and strokes. Coaching his mother and the midwife on how to stabilize and get Rose Annette to the closest hospital in Les Cayes, Dr. Tovar is inspired to create Mimsi.
Read our timeline to see how Mimsi has grown since.