Founder, Executive Director – Foundation For Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM)
Martine Jean-Baptiste, CNM, MS, BSN has been involved in women’s health since 1986 after graduating with her Bachelor of Science (BS) degree in nursing from the College of Mount Saint Vincent. She has worked with women and their families throughout the lifecycle in a variety of settings. Ms. Jean-Baptiste subsequently graduated from State University of New York, Downstate with a Master of Science (MS) in midwifery in 2000. As a licensed midwife, she worked at an inner city hospital as well as a free-standing birth center. In June 2002, Ms. Jean-Baptiste co-founded and ran a very successful home birth practice, JJB Midwifery, serving the five boroughs of New York City and offering full scope midwifery care including preconception counseling, well woman gynecology, contraception and home birth. In 2013, Ms. Jean-Baptiste spearheaded the founding of a nonprofit organization, Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc. (FAHM). She is a founding board member and currently serves as the Executive Director.In the summer of 2019, after 17 amazing years of offering home birth services and well woman gynecological care in New York City, JJB Midwifery closed their practice allowing her to delve full-time into the role of Executive Director of FAHM. Ms. Jean-Baptiste strongly believes in women’s innate ability to care for themselves and their families. She believes in supporting women’s right to safe, supportive, and informed healthcare throughout the lifecycle. Her dream is to help promote the midwifery model of care and increase access to midwifery care in Haiti and the USA.