We are excited to share the Heartline Maternity Center model! We’ve compiled twelve years of experience in holistic maternal health care in the developing world setting into a manual and class.


We are excited to bring our newest initiative at The Heartline Maternity Center to your attention.

We have compiled twelve years of experience in holistic maternal health care in the developing world setting into a “how-to” manual.

Our manual with an accompanying class is called: The Starting Place: A Maternal Mortality Prevention Initiative.


We believe that the model we have slowly built at the Heartline Maternity Center works. We want to see this model duplicated around the world to bring quality maternal health care to many more mothers.

The World Health Organization states that “83% of all maternal deaths, stillbirths, and newborn deaths could be averted with Midwifery Care, including family planning.” WHO also states “Midwifery is a best buy investment.”


  • Port au Prince, Haiti

October 29 – November 1, 2019 (This class will be in English with Creole translators)

  • Port au Prince, Haiti

Feburary 18 – 21, 2020

  • Port au Prince, Haiti

May 5 – 8, 2020

We are available to come to your location to train your staff in our model of care at your clinic location. If you are interested in that option, please contact KJ@TheStartingPlace.com for 2020 or 2021 scheduling.


In the class and manual, we go over everything from meeting a newly pregnant woman at the door for the very first time, to offering her an effective and culturally appropriate method of family planning after her child is born. Our manual includes very specific outlines of all facets of care, setting up the structures necessary, help with budgeting, staffing, forms, charting, supply lists, sourcing ideas, and protocols.

After years of trial and error, the class and manual share what we know works. This class and our manual can potentially save your organization thousands of dollars as well as energy spent re-creating the wheel.


This class does not teach Midwifery. This is not a medical training class, although the manual includes dozens of medical protocols. The assumption is that a medically trained and legally licensed medical professional will be present at your clinic/birth center/prenatal program. We expect that clinic administrators will want to take this class, and that your medical staff is trained and prepared for prenatal, labor and delivery, and postpartum care of the mother and baby. If you are seeking training to become a Nurse Midwife or Midwife, please know this class is not your first stop.


Administrators, Directors, Midwives, Nurses, and Medical Professionals desiring to work in any under-resourced area in the world.  Please note that our Maternity Center model is donor-funded and is essentially a free program for clients that live below the poverty line.


Starting Place Class with guest house lodging and meals – $850

Starting Place Class without food or lodging – $500

Starting Place Manual – $1,500

Starting Place Medical Protocols – $1,000

(Medical Protocols will not be sold to anyone without current medical credentialing.)

Our hope is to save your organization thousands of dollars in mistakes made as we learned how to effectively do Maternal Healthcare in a resource poor country. Your fees for this class will be used to support the ongoing work of the Heartline Maternity Center, which serves approximately 120 pregnant women per year.


Please send an email to KJ@TheStartingPlace.com with the following information:

    • Your name
    • The class dates (October 2019 – February 2020, May 2020) you are interested in attending
  • An introduction of the work you do in maternal health, as well as the area you are doing the work.  

We will follow up with you by sending you an application.

“When there are so many problems to address and the needs are great, what better place to start than with mothers and their babies?”