Legal Status, Policies & History
MOMS' Legal Status
MOMS is a 501(c)(3) humanitarian, non-profit, agency with EIN 93-1254632. MOMS is organized in Oregon.
MOMS is registered as a national non-governmental agency in Sierra Leone, and works with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation (MOHS).
MOMS works legally in all countries!
MOMS' Policy on Discrimination
MOMS does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, or nationality; marital status, gender, gender identity, gender role, or gender orientation; age; religious preferences; veteran’s status; or economic status.
We hope to maintain or increase our level of diversity. We find ourselves enriched by the differences in us.
MOMS was founded in 1999 by a few midwives to help educate birth attendants in West Africa. They tried to bring high-potential women from Senegal to the US to study midwifery. However, the events following September 11, 2001, stymied this plan. So MOMS changed gears, training US midwives with the hope that they would share their knowledge in developing nations. In 2005, the Board of Directors re-evaluated the priorities and decided to focus directly on West Africa, and later closed the US programs. MOMS gathered volunteers to travel first to Senegal in 2005 to work in a clinic, then to Sierra Leone to teach the Traditional Birth Attendants (TBAs) how to provide safe maternity care — with an emphasis on nutrition, sanitation, family planning, breast feeding — and to act as change agents in their communities. In their new role, they are identified as “Community Health Workers.” MOMS started teaching in Sierra Leone in 2006. Statistics show marked improvement in maternal and neonatal mortality in the areas where MOMS teams have taught. The compliance with government regulations is higher, as is the cooperation among the clinic staff and the CHWs. One of the clinic leaders, Veronica Foday, says, “When anyone asks how our results improved so much, I tell them that MOMS TBAs make the difference!”Return to the homepage