Helping Haiti build the future with healthy mothers and healthy babies.
Maison de Naissance, (MN), “Home of Birth,” sponsored by Global Birthing Home Foundation, is a modern maternity center supporting healthy mothers and healthy babies in Haiti with high quality medical care and ongoing community oriented support.
Maison de Naissance has just celebrated its 10th anniversary. Thanks to the generosity of our donors and volunteers, Maison de Naissance has delivered over 4,700 healthy babies, and conducted more than 132,000 consultations since 2004. We serve an impoverished community in rural Haiti whose residents could not otherwise afford or access these services.
Our commitment for the next 10 years is to reduce poverty in this community while maintaining the highest quality of primary care services to women and their infants.
Our first challenge is to prevent maternal and infant deaths. Maternal and infant mortality rates in Haiti are among the highest in the world. Our strategy has been to recognize the barriers which deny healthcare to the poor and strive to overcome them. The three most common barriers to receiving quality health care in impoverished communities are distance, cost, and services that are insensitve to local cultures. Maison de Naissance provides accessible (transportation provided), reliable healthcare for women and babies in a culturally acceptable and welcoming environment. Fees are charged on a sliding scale, and no family is turned away because of inability to pay for services. Our outstanding all-Haitian staff, led by Nurse-Midwife Mme. Rosena Baptiste, are highly qualified and committed to listening as well as caring. We employ innovative technologies to ensure quality care, and produce measurable outcomes, that can be tracked month to month and year by year.
Our second challenge is to “work ourselves out of a job” in this community. Haitians are a proud people, with a keen desire to throw off the cloak of poverty and despair associated with living in a “donor culture.” Haitians want to become self-sufficient. As MN begins our second decade of serving residents in Southwest Haiti, we have expanded our mission to partner with women and their families in a variety of programs to increase their income and better their food security. Our shared goal is for Maison de Naissance to be entirely Haitian-funded by the year 2024. If this ambitious plan for self-sufficiency proves successful, the Global Birthing Home Foundation will further expand our mission to other impoverished areas of the world.
Please donate to help Haitian families grow and flourish! Suggested levels and how they will help meet the challenges:
- Friend: $120 annual, or $10 monthly donation.
- Doula: $600 annual, or $50 monthly donation. This will cover one woman’s prenatal and delivery care.
- Health Promoter: $1200 annual, or $100 monthly donation. This will cover HIV testing and counseling services at MN for one month.
- Health Protector: $2400 annual, or $200 monthly donation. This will cover the cost of maintaining ambulance service for emergency deliveries.
- Health Sustainer: $6000 annual, or $500 monthly donation. This will help one family attain self-sufficiency.
- Founder’s Circle: $12,000 annual, or $1000 monthly donation. This will cover MN’s basic budget for family planning, prenatal, and postpartum care for a month.
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