Updated Apr 16, 2019

Maternal Continuum of Care Program

https://savingmothers.org/

Jennifer Zelmer

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The Maternal Continuum of Care Program is an innovation designed to improve perceptions and encourage prenatal and obstetric care for women who would otherwise have a home birth.

The MCCP enables pregnant women to visit their local hospital or birth facility three times to monitor gestation and to mitigate any preventable complications they may face during this time. Visit one begins at the community level where we encourage pregnant women to visit their local health center to receive an ultrasound to view their fetus in utero and accurately date their pregnancy. Women ...
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The MCCP enables pregnant women to visit their local hospital or birth facility three times to monitor gestation and to mitigate any preventable complications they may face during this time. Visit one begins at the community level where we encourage pregnant women to visit their local health center to receive an ultrasound to view their fetus in utero and accurately date their pregnancy. Women are also given a 6-month course of prenatal vitamins. Women whose ultrasounds determine their gestational age to be between 18 and 22 weeks are counseled about our Pre Term Birth Indicator Study and invited to participate. Consenters are invited for a second prenatal visit between 28 and 32 weeks where they will receive routine prenatal care and a preterm birth indicator test (PTB). All positive testers receive a dual dose of corticosteroids to encourage maturation of the fetal lungs, and are encouraged to stay at the maternity waiting home until delivery. All consenters are counseled on the use of long acting reversible contraception. The third visit is the delivery itself, where all deliveries are performed with a Saving Mothers Safe Birth Kit. Healthcare provider and traditional birth attendant training is offered at the hospital where women deliver, which ensures that providers can identify and treat obstetric complications – this is an integral part of our program as it contributes to both its success and sustainability. All services in this program are provided free of charge.
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Stage 4: Transition to Scale

The Maternal Continuum of Care Program pilot in West Pokot has been enthusiastically received by the community, and maternal health statistics for the county have demonstrated the program’s measurable impact. We aim to expand to neighboring counties.
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Focus Areas:

Gender Equity, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Education and 3 MoreSEE ALL

Gender Equity, Maternal Newborn and Child Health, Education, Sexual and Reproductive Health, Citizen Participation and Data Collection/Needs AssessmentsSEE LESS

Implemented In:

Kenya

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Country Implemented In
20,000
Customers
10
Employees
$200,000
Funds Raised to Date

Problem

In Kenya, maternal and neonatal mortality rates are exceptionally high. This problem is exacerbated by barriers to access, including distance to the hospital, travel costs, underutilization of prenatal care services, and a high rate of home deliveries (up to 83% in rural areas).

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Solution

The Maternal Continuum of Care Program enables pregnant women to visit their local hospital or birth facility three times to monitor gestation and to mitigate any preventable complications they may face during this time. This program utilizes resources and training to equip the medical teams and community members to more accurately identify preterm births, ensure optimal development of the fetus, recognize warning signs during delivery, and to offer birth spacing solutions.

Target Beneficiaries

By not only including, but reaching out to all young girls and women in rural Kenya, we have the potential to break down many barriers (social and economic) that marginalized communities face when receiving clinical care. Our goal is to tackle the root causes for maternal mortality (unintended pregnancies, pre-term births) and the MCCP aims to maintain and restore community health and cohesion - so much of which hinges on the role of women and mothers.

Mission and Vision

At Saving Mothers, we believe that no woman should die giving life, so we have made it our mission to dramatically reduce preventable maternal deaths and birth-related complications. We do this by: 1. Educating birth attendants and training medical personnel in underserved communities; 2. Pioneering low-cost, high-impact solutions such as our safe birth kits; 3. Coordinating pro bono surgical interventions by highly skilled medical professionals from top hospitals in the U.S.

Competitive Advantage

The MCCP pilot in West Pokot has been enthusiastically received by the community, and maternal health statistics for the county have demonstrated the program’s measurable impact. Prenatal visits have increased by 15%. Deliveries are up 25%. Maternal deaths are down an estimated 20%, and neonatal deaths are down by 25%. The Preterm Birth Indicator that we have piloted is an essential part of this success story, as the ability to predict preterm birth allows us to intervene to prevent serious complications for both mother and child. As an organization: 1. We are medical professionals – our team of surgeons, anesthesiologists and nurses deliver unmatched care; 2.We design our own programs – our medical expertise enables us to develop proprietary interventions that are more effective because they are customized and culturally informed; 3. We train all levels of local healthcare providers – this ensures that our impact is sustained well beyond our presence in the communities we serve.
Funding Goal2,500,000
Projected Cumulative Lives Impacted10,000

The Team Behind the Innovation

Saving Mothers is a 501c3 organization dedicated to eradicating preventable maternal deaths and birth-­‐related complications in developing countries. Founded and run by medical professionals, we educate and train local healthcare providers to ensure that women in low‐resource areas can have lasting access to the quality of care they deserve. Further we develop and implement low cost, high impact interventions to improve healthcare for women in even the most remote areas.

EXECUTIVE TEAM INCLUDES WOMEN

Milestone

Mar 2019
Recognition ReceivedPENDING
Date Unknown
New Country Implemented In
Kenya