What is MOMS?
Briefly, MOMS is a humanitarian, non-profit agency whose mission is to improve maternal and infant health in the poorest areas of the world.
MOMS' teams build capacity among the women in the rural areas. We teach the traditional birth attendants (their own choice of term) four things:
- To be the bridge between the community and the clinic system
- To make changes to solve women's health problems
- To provide evidence-based maternity care
- To teach their neighbors about women’s health needs, sanitation, and nutrition
For more information, see the MOMS Mission pages.
Our Upcoming Trip to Sierra Leone!
Getting the tickets for a trip intensifies the team’s excitement. And this is true, once again. Trish Ross, Chris McManus, and Elizabeth Price have tickets for March-April, and we are happy!
Trips where we get to implement an important next step in our plan is especially exciting. Our plans all support our values on building capacity and fostering independence. And this step is a big one!
We will train a group of local women to be trainers of MOMS’ program. They can teach more classes at a lower cost, reaching more communities. In our first plan for this work in Sierra Leone, training a cadre of trainers was a key goal. And now we are doing it!
Thanks to you who support MOMS, the Sierra Leonean women are not only healthier, but have a more resilient maternity care system. Together, we make an important difference in the lives of so many.
The Traditional Birth Attendants in Tikonko welcome the MOMS team.
You can help!
If you want to work with us, see Volunteer! on this website. We need help with leadership, teaching, social media, fundraising, grant-writing, secretarial work, etc.
To help financially, we give you lots of choices: click one of the following links…
Our Accomplishments - with your support!
Since 2006, MOMS' teams have made 14 trips to Sierra Leone, for a total of about 18 months in-country.
- Initial Training: 232 women in six cohorts
- Continuing Education: 165 women in over a dozen classes
- Helping Babies Breathe: 28 people; eight clinics supported
- Essential Care for Every Baby: 6 people; one clinic supported
- Gardening businesses established: three groups
- Palm oil business established: seven groups
- Clinic built, supplied, and staffed
- Advisory Committee established
- MOMS Community Health Workers included in the District Medical Health Team
- Maternal or fetal mortality related to MOMS CHW errors: 0
We have also made two trips to Uganda to teach at Kitojo Integrated Development Association.