Vision & Mission
Mother Health International is committed to improving birth outcomes in areas where the burden of mortality is highest. MHI uses the midwifery model of care to reduce barriers and build collaborative, community-focused maternal health care solutions.
Reproductive Healthcare is a human right.
Mothers have the right to not only survive childbirth but thrive.
Our Model of Care
Every minute, somewhere in the world, a woman dies in childbirth. That is approximately 536,000 women a year. 99% of these deaths occur in countries outside the West. Most are preventable.
MHI has a model birth center that employs traditional midwives, community health workers, nurse midwives and doctors who work collaboratively to enroll women in pregnancy early and follow them through the year after birth. MHI trains and mentors midwives in the midwifery model of care.
MHI staff are guided by principles of compassionate care that combine practical skills from the West and renewable traditional methods that are specific to the communities being served. This combination is the ‘secret sauce’ to MHI’s good outcomes.
MHI removes barriers to high-quality care by addressing the three delays and offering collaborative care between traditional midwives, nurse midwives and doctors. Our model starts in the home and is unique to each family’s needs.
Midwifery care starts in the community. Our locally-led collectives determine health care priorities and as such, our programming is reflexive and responsive to the deepest needs of the families we serve.
MHI offers a full spectrum of training for birth workers. Traditional Midwives, Nurse Midwives and Doctors all have the opportunity to learn in a variety of collaborative and innovative programs including partnerships with some of the top midwifery education programs in the world.
The MHI model is replicable and is evidence of the profound Lancet findings that scaling quality midwifery care can reduce up to 80% of unnecessary mortality. We help communities to thrive.
Innovations for Traditional Midwives
Yala Yala Midwifery School
Make an Impact
In thirteen years of service, MHI has scaled in Atiak sub-county, providing full-spectrum reproductive healthcare to 90% of the women in the region and turning perinatal mortality rates upside down.
While the neonatal mortality rate is 54/1000 births in Northern Uganda, it has consistently been 11/1000 at the MHI birth center in Atiak.
In close to 20,000 deliveries MHI has never lost a mother.