Profile on Debrah Lewis
Debrah Lewis received a MSc/Midwifery from Columbia University in 1986 and worked in New York as a public and private practice midwife and volunteered in Africa before moving to Trinidad.
Debrah is an Independent Midwife and one of the Founders of, and Executive Director at Mamatoto Resource & Birth Centre. All families, regardless of their ability to pay, can access pre and post natal care and a safe, natural, individualized birth experience with a doula and midwife.
After serving 2 terms as the Americas Board Member at the International Confederation of Midwives (ICM), Debrah was elected in 2011 as Vice President. She was the first person from The Caribbean to hold either of these positions.
Debrah spearheaded the formation of the Caribbean Regional Midwives Association and is a founding member and remains on the Executive of the Trinidad & Tobago Association of Midwives. She has served on committees with the Ministry of Health and the Nursing Council; is a clinical preceptor for midwifery programs in the USA and Canada; contributes to Midwifery Today; and has presented extensively regionally and internationally.
Debrah is the recipient of several awards including the American College of Nurse Midwives (ACNM) Dorothea M. Lang Pioneer Award in 2012; and in 2014 the ICTC Black History Month Recognition Award and a National Award for The Development of Women – Gold – for her work in Community Service and Midwifery in Trinidad & Tobago.
In a TEDx talk – Why fathers should be present at birth: Debrah Lewis at TEDxPortofSpain youtube.com – she talks about the shortcomings of a system that does not offer fathers opportunities to be fully engaged parents. A topic she is passionate about. She is an international champion for the midwifery model of care.