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Review for Global Birthing Home Foundation, Leawood, KS, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

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What is unique about this organization?

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.

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field & Helped to found the organization and write clinical protocols; instrumental in professional education and fundraising.