Mission: The mission of Maison de Naissance is to significantly reduce maternal and infant mortality in impoverished communities.
In Haiti, the services of a modern maternity center and community health program are offered from the hospitality of a safe, culturally appropriate, and welcoming home: a home for birth - Maison de Naissance.
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
At Maison de Naissance, it is their mission to provide every mother with the opportunity for a safe delivery of a healthy baby, which includes 3 prenatal visits, HIV/AIDS testing, midwife supervised delivery, one postpartum visit, one family planning consultation, and a well baby visit, all for $115! That is one percent of the cost here in the USA, and their total cost to deliver a healthy baby at MN. They have delivered over 4,000 babies at MN, without a single maternal mortality, and a neonatal mortality rate of less than 2% – one quarter of the Haitian national average.
You can donate through their website. More than 90% of your donation goes directly to the cause and it is tax deductible. What a wonderful thing they do for these women and their families by helping transform an entire community. Brilliant!
This is the most amazing place! The thing I like best is that it provides excellent care for women and babies in a country where their lives are not valued. They are afraid to go to hospitals as they are so often abused there and the care is inadequate care anyway. MN also provides care that is culturally appropriate which is so important in so many ways. Oh, and 100% of donations go directly to care for the women and babies. They can keep women and babies healthy and alive for a tiny fraction of what it costs in the US and the women are so happy for it that they often walk miles to get there, even when in labor. Can you imagine that? Walking MILES for good care?