The Maternity Center is a place where expectant mothers can find medical care and support, education, safe and sanitary conditions, and respect for them and their babies. We have two full-time midwives and two full-time RNs on staff who love these women and are committed to giving them loving and honoring care before, during, and after their birth experience. We also enjoy having a number of highly-trained part-time volunteer staff who come work with us for varying periods of time. If you are a midwife, RN, MD, dentist, or other medical profesisonal and are interested in volunteering with us, we would love to hear from you.
We are seeing healthy babies being born in Haiti and are so blessed to share in this experience with these precious mothers! And just as important we are seeing mothers survive the birthing experience and return home to their family. It is a sad fact that, in Haiti, too many mothers die during or shortly after birth due to lack of simple medical care leaving their children orphaned. In our maternity center we are turning the tide against this terrible trend. It is our belief that the best way to care for orphans is to prevent this from happening.
After the ladies in our prenatal program have their babies, they begin attending our Tuesday child development classes. Every week Haitian mothers show up faithfully for class. When they arrive their babies are weighed to check for proper weight gain. If a mother is having breastfeeding issues we work with her, encourage her, and give her the information she needs to continue to successfully nurse her baby. Then the women eat a high protein meal together.
After lunch the ladies attend the child development class. We teach about topics relating to parenting, motherhood, womanhood, nutrition, and breastfeeding. We see these classes as very important in empowering women with truth and life-saving information for themselves and their children. In addition to teaching, we also learn a lot from the women about Haitian culture. We teach, but we also listen. When class is over medical care is offered for the women and children who are sick.
Tara Livesay - apprentice midwife
Part time volunteer staff includes but is not limited to-
Jen Halverson, MD
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.
We are so grateful ... Especially to each and every person that supports the Heartline Maternity Center with your financial gifts and your prayers - God shows up and does God-sized things every week, it is an honor to be a small part of His work. - Tara Livesay