Haitian mom gives birth in Jacmel, names newborn after Canadian helpers

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JACMEL, Haiti - A baby girl has been born in Haiti, and her name was born in Canada.
To be more specific, the origins of Monique-Lucie Marie's name can be traced to Oromocto, N.B., and Quebec City.
The six-pound girl with a full head of hair was delivered Thursday at Canada's military hospital in Jacmel.
She is the first baby to be delivered there, and follows several that have already taken place at another Canadian clinic in nearby Leogane.
Canada's military and volunteers have been handling much of the medical work in some southern Haiti communities since they were ravaged more than two weeks ago by a magnitude-7 earthquake.
Thursday's delivery went smoothly, and was altogether ordinary.
But it had a special ending: a pair of Canadian medical technicians, Cpl. Monique Bartlett and Master Cpl. Lucie Rouleau, helped in the delivery.
Monique-Lucie's parents named their baby after both of them, a decision that the two Canadian women described as a tribute that left them overwhelmed with emotion.
Jean-Charles Pierre proudly snapped pictures of his new baby girl in the green canvas military tent by the beach, where she was born on a medical gurney.
He explained why he and his wife, Marie Jean-Jilles, arrived at their decision.
"I did it to say thank you," Pierre said.
"I will tell her one day that in the middle of a natural catastrophe, Canadians were in Jacmel. And she carries their name."
Bartlett is from New Brunswick, and Rouleau is from Quebec.
The woman who leads the medical team was proud of their work.
Maj. Annie Bouchard, an obstetrician by training, looked on to make sure things went smoothly.
She couldn't do any hands-on work of her own during the delivery; she broke her right hand after slipping and falling in Haiti.

Geographic location: Jacmel, Haiti, Canada Quebec City Oromocto Leogane Southern Haiti New Brunswick

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