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
Although it has been 7 years since I went to Haiti and actively served MN, I still speak of the experience to anyone who will listen. My heart, spirit, and strength will be forever stronger due to the profound people I met, traveled with, and served while in Torbeck. People always praise me when I speak of the work I did, and MN does. I always reply, "Haiti, its people, and MN did more for me than I could ever repay"
Since its inception in 2004, this birthing home has delivered thousands of women, giving them healthy babies, birth control options, vaccinations, and a chance at a better life. Our support of this foundation goes directly to Haiti (over 90%), as there is a very limited staff here in the US. We believe that every mother and baby in the world has a RIGHT to prenatal care and someone to help them through delivery. Maison de Naissance makes that miracle happen, free of charge, every day.