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:
We couldn’t think of a better way to end 2017 and start 2018 than with the births of two precious baby girls – Rose and Thea! Her mama, RoseMirlene, is absolutely in love with her sweet daughter. They spent the first days of 2018 resting and bonding in the Maternity Center postpartum wing and then headed home to be with their family.
Heartline Maternity Center Theology of Care At the core of the Heartline Maternity Center is our unshakeable belief that every woman and every baby is created in the image of God. We believe their lives have unsurpassable worth and value. We believe every. . .
We are honored and grateful that Heartline is featured on the Faith to Action Initiative Blog this week! Faith to Action Initiative believes that strengthening families is the best way to support orphans and vulnerable children. Learn more about their work by clicking here. It is a joy to partner with organizations like Faith to Action Initiative who know that children grow best in the love and care of families!
Thank you for your dedication to standing with vulnerable mothers and babies in Haiti! Over the past year, your compassionate support has helped save the lives of many at risk women – including Guetchina, a 29 year old beautician who longed to be a mother after a history of miscarriage. Like far too many Haitian women, Guetchina experienced serious complications resulting from gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, which sadly resulted in three miscarriages. These heart wrenching losses left Guetchina and her husband longing even more deeply to be parents. As Guetchina and her husband anxiously approached a new pregnancy, your partnership gave her the opportunity to attend the Heartline Maternity Center prenatal program where she received excellent medical care, critical health education, and loving support.
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.