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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Reproductive Health Care, Reproductive Rights

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

Community Stories

4 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Christine73

Donor

Rating: 5

First world care to women in rural Haiti, HIV negative babies born to HIV positive mothers, Free prenatal care, birthing and post natal care in to women who would otherwise have to choose between feeding her other children and caring for herself while she is pregnant. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies it's what they call Dekabes! A double win!

Every effort is made to have the experience be in balance with the culture of the community while providing this level of healthcare. What a great way to celebrate your mother or your motherhood by donating to this wonderful foundation. Perhaps one of the lowest administrative costs you will find for your dollar, this is funded by your love and donations, please give generously.

Linda164

Donor

Rating: 5

What a great way for to help some of the most needy in the world, babies and their mothers by starting Maison de Naissance. My friend, Betsy Wickstrom MD an OB in Kansas decided to help mothers and babies by starting a midwife program and birthing center in Haiti. What a wonderful way to help those in need by starting a life giving program where there was not medical assistance nearby. She goes several times a year to Haiti to support this program. If all doctors were so caring and shared their knowledge with others in need our world be a better place.

Jake G.

Donor

Rating: 5

MN has done some amazing things in an region that is nearly without any medical assistance for women. Their staff of employees and volunteers are dedicated and hard working, and though I have yet to visit myself, I plan to in the near future. I am very proud to donate any time or money to the foundation because I know that the money will go directly to helping people who need it.

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Donor

Rating: 5

Maison de Naissance was started by two doctors in Kansas City who wanted to ensure that women in the southwestern peninsula of Haiti had access to professional healthcare at the time of delivery. Their efforts to bring modern standards of healthcare to the poorest of the poor have had a dramatic effect, reducing infant mortality rates in the region by 75%. The hospital is staffed entirely by Haitians with the exception of a single ex-pat clinical director.

Since the fall of 2004 Maison de Naissance has delivered nearly 3,000 babies and conducted over 42,000 healthcare visits with women and their babies.

In Haiti, women typically have to bring their her own medical and surgical supplies and pay for medical care in advance, before being admitted to a hospital for delivering a child. Maison de Naissance provides its services free of charge.