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 woman and child are deeply beloved. We believe that each of them deserve our respect as well as our care.
We believe God’s dream for humanity includes the women and children of Haiti.
We believe God dreams of shalom – an all-encompassing active peace that is more than the absence of conflict but the life-giving presence of justice, wholeness, and flourishing. We are committed to participating in God’s heart for the women, girls, and babies of Haiti to grow and thrive.
We believe that lament and joy are sisters in this work. We are unafraid of the hard and challenging truth of life here in Haiti. We believe in holding space for the truth-telling of lament and grief. But we also believe in making a commitment to celebration, to life and joy as acts of resistance to despair, anxiety, hopelessness, and powerlessness.
We believe God has called us to actively pursue peacemaking through birth.
We believe in “stay and listen” because we are committed to faithfulness. We are stayers – we are not quitters. We have been here for more than a decade and we are committed to our friends and clients for the long haul.
We still believe in transformation – that God is still transforming the world and we are participating in that transformation, one safe birth at a time.
We believe that maternal health care is vital to the rise of Haiti. We believe that maternity care is the best and most long-lasting way to reduce the number of children placed in orphanages and effect change in our community.
We believe the materially poor deserve access to maternal healthcare and that Haiti needs more accessible care. We believe in tackling the root causes of poverty, oppression, and injustice by supporting and equipping the women of Haiti as mothers.
We believe that caring for women and babies is a way of experiencing and knowing God. Jesus said he was among the poor, the marginalized, and oppressed of our world and so we are there, too.
We believe that the physical needs and spiritual needs of our clients are inherently intertwined.
We believe that maternal justice is holistic – it includes the whole woman: her spirit, her soul, her mind, and her body.