About MOMS

MOMS’ mission is to improve maternal and child health and maternity outcomes through education and service.  

MOMS' focus is on women who lack access to quality maternity care and have the fewest choices.

To fulfill our mission, we...

  • Prepare women to be problem-solvers for their communities, especially for the pregnant women.
  • Train women in the skills and knowledge they need to make changes in the community, educate others, and support local pregnant women, especially with prenatal and postnatal care.
  • Advocate for effective maternity care to all women.

All decisions must emphasize these values…

  • Development is a key driver; criteria include building the following:
    • Capacity 
    • Resilience
    • Sustainability 
    • Independence
  • Partnership involves the following 
    • Working from strengths to mitigate weaknesses
    • Consistently displaying mutual respect at the country and local levels
    • Balancing and reciprocity in decision-making
  • Post-colonialism
    • Challenging assumptions about competence
    • Recognition of all strengths and weaknesses
    • Self-control
  • Effectiveness
    • Key measures include pride, satisfaction, hope, and confidence
    • Reality, including finances, technology, and social issues, shapes decisions

We serve women on the edge of life.  We have a vision of improving women's and children's lives by helping provide excellent maternity care.  We prepare women to support their communities skillfully.

MOMS' Philosophy

MOMS’ primary work is development, not crisis intervention or relief; we do not replace local staff or become part of a supply chain.  We are sensitive to the danger of creating dependance on us.  Volunteers and staff avoid working in clinics or implying in any way that we can provide better care than the local staff. 

MOMS values effective and efficient training.  MOMS' leadership includes people with extensive experience and credentials in training and teaching.  A key part of MOMS' program is applying a variety of adult learning theories in a way that makes sense for the subject matter, the learners, and the context.  MOMS' teaching is based on respect for the learners and for their government.

MOMS is a humanitarian organization, not a religious one.  However, many people work with MOMS as an expression of their spirituality and beliefs about service.  MOMS' supporters, volunteers, and staff represent several traditions including various forms of Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and Hinduism.  We cherish these perspectives, seeing the value that each brings.  

All of us, including the women we teach, place a high value on service. 

The Need

You can see how much improvement has happened.  And you can see that more is needed.  Your help makes a difference.  

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