Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response

by Circle of Health International Vetted since 2016 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response
Hurricane Maria Women's Health Response

Meet Vanessa, a changemaker in Puerto Rico

It is our pleasure to introduce you to Vanessa, the founder of COHI’s partner in Puerto Rico, CentroMAM. CentroMAM is an organization we are so proud to support, as they lead the way on the island toward positioning Puerto Rican women as leaders in the long recovery from Hurricane Maria.

Vanessa and CentroMAM have truly made lemonade out of lemons. Puerto Rico has one of the highest maternal and infant death rates in the US and one of the highest cesarean section rates. CentroMAM is leading the way on the island in changing the health care system by training Puerto Rican doulas to care for Puerto Rican families and by providing the island’s premiere birth center, where families have a choice and some control over the kind of care they receive.

But don’t take my word for it.  Want to know more about what our work looked like as we responded to Hurricane Maria? Watch the video and hear about our shared impact directly from Vanessa herself.


We are proud to stand with local partners like Centro MAM and so thankful that we can continue to support their recovery efforts. Their solar-powered birth center is now offering free reproductive health services and doula training! Check out the latest in this wonderful article from Bustle:

"Midwives & Doulas Were Critical Healthcare Providers After Hurricane Maria — And Are Still Filling A Gap Today."

They are also now training Promotoras de Salud, Health Promoters, for their mobile clinics. We are so grateful to be able to partner with Centro MAM.

Thanks to all of our donors for your continued support!



COHI is proud to be supporting Centro MAM and all their efforts to serve their community. Mobile clinics are up and running and more staff and volunteers will be at the center beginning in August.

The big push is happening now to have everything organized and prepared because hurricane season 2018 is here!

Centro MAM's role within the community remains the same:

~Promote and work towards birth justice

~Offer midwifery care based on sliding scale or free of charge

~Offer doula care based on sliding scale or free of charge

~Breastfeeding support and consulting

~Education of midwives, doulas, health-care professionals, and communities in relation to holistic health, prevention, and maternal-infant care

Thank you for your role in supporting the women and children of Puerto Rico.

COHI is super excited to be continuing our work in Puerto Rico through support of CentroMAM, a local and community-based organization of midwives and maternal health professionals on the island. CentroMam is doing so much to help rebuild their community and continue doing the work of supporting moms and babies in hard places.  

We are in the beginning phases of helping them create a birth center sustainability plan in 2018! We hope to help them build a sustainable community center so that they have the skills and tools available to support women, babies, and their communities in the face of natural disasters.

We have committed funding to CentroMAM for the rest of the year. In addition, we are trying to procure in kind gifts and supplies to fulfill their wish of building a rain catchment system and solar panels on the new birth center.

COHI is also providing a volunteer to help with logistics, administration, and fundraising for their sustainability plan.

We have lots to do and we couldn’t do it without supporters like you, so thank you!



10 days after Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico on September 20, COHI’s 1st field team arrived to distribute maternal and newborn related healthcare supplies and to support local midwives.

With your help, we successfully transported 4,000 pounds of supplies, including syringes,  gauze, speculums, gowns, pads and diapers, and delivered them to our partners in Centro MAM (Mujeres Ayudando Madres). Two separate clinical teams including OB/GYNs and midwives have provided upwards 100 prenatal and postnatal visits and organized the intake of a women's health assessment.  We have also distributed $5000 in cash grants given to the island’s midwives and $60,000 worth of essential medicines were provided to women’s and newborn health clinics across Puerto Rico.

You made this happen!

Your donations mean so much. Thanks to you, pregnant women and new mothers will receive care from midwives trained to deliver babies under crisis conditions. We are in touch with local midwives to support their ongoing needs.

COHI wants to continue to help women and children affected by Hurricane Maria. Here’s some of what we hope to accomplish in the year ahead:

  • 5,000 women and children provided with direct clinical care.
  • 5 new cash grants given to local birth and maternity centers to help with disaster related costs.
  • 100 cash grants given to local pregnant/expectant mothers and families with newborns.
  • Provide financial assistance for medical care and counseling services.
  • Provide financial assistance for housing and transportation costs accrued by vulnerable women and children.
  • Provide direct clinical, maternal and newborn healthcare.

Thank you for your continued generosity! With your support, we hope to continue funding Centro MAM for women and newborns in the area and accomplish our impact goals this year.

Follow us on our social media channels if you'd like to receive even more updates from Circle of Health International on the field @circleofhealth .


The COHI team



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Circle of Health International

Location: Austin, TX - USA
Project Leader:
Leah Little
Austin, TX United States
$60,364 raised of $100,000 goal
181 donations
$39,636 to go
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