Empowering women with lifesaving and compassionate maternal care, education, and support.
At Heartline, we believe birth is a human rights issue.
The Heartline Maternity Center combats the dismal maternal health reality in Haiti through excellent medical care, health education, nutrition, and compassionate support that effectively reduces the high incidence of maternal and infant mortality and prevents children from becoming orphans.
The Heartline Maternity Center provides expectant mothers in Haiti with a full prenatal program, labor and delivery services with certified midwives and nurses, and a six month postpartum program of weekly medical care, child development education, and breastfeeding support.
Medical clinics open to the wider community are also held each week to provide pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, and free birth control to promote healthy timing and spacing of pregnancy as a proven strategy to reduce maternal mortality and improve child survival.
When women and girls enter the Heartline Maternity Center doors, they find love, joy and celebration, compassionate relationships, empowering education, excellent maternal care, and respect.
Expectant women and girls attend weekly prenatal programs throughout pregnancy. In addition to regular medical check ups, these programs include educational classes, vitamin and iron distribution, nutritious, high protein meals, and the opportunity to develop supportive relationships with other pregnant women and girls. This weekly care model integrating medical care, education, nutrition, and emotional/spiritual support is what makes the Heartline Maternity Center model both distinctive and effective.
Child Development and Health Education
Education is central to everything we do at the Heartline Maternity Center. Midwives and nurses teach classes to prenatal and postpartum women each week covering a wide range of topics from preparing for labor and delivery to infant care and attachment, breastfeeding, healthy relationships, and other critical topics.
Heartline Maternity Center staff screen for high-risk conditions and run medical labs in accordance with North American protocols. As a result of the frequency of patient care, staff are able to identify and treat the conditions that most frequently lead to poor maternal and infant health outcomes in Haiti – malnutrition, pre-eclampsia, hypertension, malaria, sexually transmitted diseases, and other infectious diseases.
Personal and Compassionate Care
The Heartline Maternity Center model is based in quality care, love, respect, and trusting relationships. Staff are committed to personally knowing women and their stories, which frequently include extreme material poverty, sexual abuse, and disease.
Postpartum Medical Care and Support
The first days, weeks, and months after birth are a vulnerable time for new mothers and infants. The Heartline Maternity Center provides weekly postpartum programs to support new mothers in breastfeeding and provide critical medical care and education until their babies are six months old. Weekly postpartum programs include well-baby check-ups, child development classes that teach practical parenting skills, nutritious meals, breastfeeding support, and community building with other new mothers.
Free Birth Control
The Heartline Maternity Center provides free birth control to nearly 2,000 women each year. Access to birth control promotes healthy child spacing, empowering women to prevent pregnancy-related health risks that arise when pregnancies are closely spaced. It also prevents children from becoming orphans due to maternal mortality, especially for older women who have had many pregnancies and face higher risks.
We desire to holistically minister to the women and children in our program by giving the gift of knowledge and medical care while incorporating the gospel and God’s love into all of our interactions with the ladies.
Maternity Center Recent News:
Solange arrived at the Maternity Center on a Tuesday morning in the early stages of labor. After checking her, we told her she could go home for the day and return when things picked up or later that evening if she was nervous about trying to get to us in the middle of the night. Solange returned early the next morning and labored all day Wednesday and through the night.
One of the most beautiful moments in the process of getting to know these strong ladies is the joy of being allowed an opportunity to take them home. It is my favorite assignment. After spending months getting to know the women at the Maternity Center, it is a blessing to enter into their space and sit with them in their homes. Sometimes we are rushed and we simply say a quick prayer and get back on the road. Other times we sit for a long while and get to meet the whole family.
Mothers across the world are all connected. Not because of income, culture, race, religion or daily experience. But because all mothers share a deep desire for the absolute best for their children, starting with survival. The safe birth of every healthy baby in Haiti is cause for celebration, never something taken for granted. We recently had a three baby day at the Heartline Maternity Center. This happens a few times a year and is always thrilling and exhausting. We were overjoyed that on this particular day, Murielle, Gina, and Rosetanie all safely welcomed their little ones to the world. Babies arrive when babies choose to arrive. Try as we might to have an orderly and predictive system, babies come when they are ready and often at unexpected times.