A healthy baby on vaccination day
Every day at Maison de Naissance (MN), our midwives deliver on average 2 - 3 babies. Professionally attended births are significantly less likely to result in the death of the mother or baby, and so every healthy baby delivered to a healthy mother is a life saved.
Relatively simple complications in unattended births (eclampsia, hemorraging) can lead to the death of the mother, baby, or both, if the mother or others present do not recognize the signs or have no knowledge of basic treatment for the conditions. Even a healthy birth can end tragically if proper hygiene and/or sanitation are not understood or practiced during and after delivery.
Our midwives are professionally trained and certified; they know how to treat most complications, and when to call for a hospital referal if surgical intervention is required. In eight years of operation and over 4300 deliveries, there has not been a single maternal mortality our birthing center. The lion's share of credit for this statistic goes to our dedicated midwifery staff.
Another amazing fact is that our midwives have always kept the center open, 24 hours per day, through hurricanes and floods, when the power and water were out, no matter the circumstances or difficulties. They have delivered babies by candlelight, flashlight, kerosene lamp, and under car headlights. They are truly unstoppable when it comes to delivering healthy babies to healthy mothers!
A tired but content newborn with her mother
Another happy, healthy mother and her new baby