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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

2 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I have been blessed to see the work of Maison de Naissance in Haiti first hand, as well as know Dr. Wickstrom. Her heart, as well as their entire team, is the catalyst that is changing the lives of the pregnant mothers and babies in Haiti. I have seen it with my own eyes and continue to be amazed at the impact they make in so many lives. Keep up the amazing work!!! If you haven't been involved with Maison de Naissance , make it a point to do so and watch how they make a difference!

1 Betsy8

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.