Global Birthing Home Foundation
Rating: 5 stars 15 reviews
Issues: Health, Reproductive Rights
Location: 5000 W 134th St Leawood KS 66209 USA
Results: >4300 babies delivered since Oct 2004 without a single maternal mortality!
Target demographics: Women and infants in impoverished communities.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Several thousand women and babies
Geographic areas served: Torbeck, Haiti
Programs: Maison De Naissance provides the following services: •Quality, evidence based practices combined with extraordinary hospitality •Integrated community-based and home-based care •Continuum of care: family planning through childhood vaccinations •Competent staff and consistent services, including nurse midwives, 24/7 •Laboratory and pharmacy services •Spiritual care and social support •House calls, home education, and directly observed therapy (DOT) •Information technology including electronic medical records and internet tools •Quality assessment, outcome monitoring, and improvement processes •Telemedicine with maternal and newborn specialists •Pro-active recall system for continuity of care •Transport and follow-up system for mothers or infants at special risk •HIV screening, counseling, and treatment for the prevention of maternal to child transmission of HIV •Mother's clubs and breast feeding support •Community programs for infant vaccinations, clean water and sanitation, prevention of Vitamin A deficiency and treatment of intestinal parasites •Integration with economic development and community education programs
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Maison de Naissance opened in 2004 with the intent of breaking down barriers to prenatal care and safe delivery for women in rural southern Haiti. After almost 8 years and over 3500 deliveries, no mothers have been lost in a region where maternal mortality is distressingly common. Though initially the concept of American physicians, the protocols and procedures have been adapted by the Haitian staff of expert certified nurse midwives. Constant effort to support the local community by hiring local builders and workers, purchasing supplies in the nearby town, and interviewing patients, neighbors and community health committee members has produced a clinic and delivery service which are prized by the national health department as the reference for maternity care in Haiti. Next steps include expanding HIV care to include case management and nutrition, and integrating assistant midwives into the care team.
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Continue to enhance the professional development of the administrative and clinical staff so that they may become more and more independent of outside decision making and policies.
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Driven by the goals of our Haitian staff, whose dedication and expertise create a warm and loving place for underserved women living in poverty to receive preferential, expert, FREE care.