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JCE president says DR is birthing room for Haitians

The president of the Central Electoral Board (JCE), Julio César Castaños Guzmán, said on Tuesday, 22 August 2017 that the Dominican Republic has become the “birthing room” (he used the word ‘paritorio’ in Spanish) for Haitians, referring to the large number of Haitian women that cross the border to give birth at Dominican hospitals. Birthing services are free for the poor in Dominican public hospitals and services are better, regardless of the status or nationality of the person who seeks these services.

Castaños said the births to non-resident mothers need to be registered in the Foreigner Book that gives the baby the right to a birth certificate issued in the country, but not to Dominican nationality.

The director of the National Health Service (SNS), Nelson Rodríguez Monegro, says Haitians pay RD$5,000 to RD$10,000 for birthing tours to the Dominican Republic. He said public hospitals are full of the foreign mothers coming to give birth.

Rodríguez Monegro says the women are attracted by the quality of the birthing facilities in the Dominican Republic when compared to those they would receive in Haiti. The biggest draw, nevertheless, he says, is that here they do not have to pay for the services.

Furthermore, he said the birthing cartels offer the women the possibility of continuing to reside in the country.

He said the hospitals on border provinces, such as Independencia, Dajabon and Pedernales, report more births to Haitian mothers than to Dominican nationals.

Rodríguez Monegro alerted that so far this year there has been a considerable increase in the number of births to Haitian mothers. It is not possible that in the different controls on the roads from Haiti this can happen without complicity, he observes. He said it is not unusual that to a public hospital in Santiago on a single day 10 pregnant Haitian women ready to give birth arrive simultaneously.

Source: DR1, Eldia

Aug 24, 2017

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