MAM (Mujeres Ayudando Madres – translates as Woman Helping Mothers)
A woman-focused center that supports dignity and agency in the birthing process for families in Puerto Rico. Since Maria, MAM has been operating as a free center. They offer partum and post-partum care with doula and midwife services as well as offering educational programming that supports positive health outcomes across generations.
Founded by Vanessa Caldari in 2007 A Certified Professional Midwifes and have worked extensively serving their community. After her midwife certification, Vanessa holds degrees in nursing and public health. She has proven herself by translating community need into policy and innovation by founding the first and only midwife-led community health and educational center on the island
As you know, we have been working hard on emergency responses and support for pregnant and newly born families, whose access to health resources has been limited after earthquakes. We greatly appreciate your words of encouragement, good energies and sent intentions, tools and support articles, as well as the money you have donated so that we can continue with this management.
For these purposes, we share that we have been able to serve pregnant women and families with newborns by providing prenatal care to about 15-20 families per day. From these numbers it is important to rescue that we have supported the coordination and relocation of 24 people, and we continue to evaluate cases. We aim to be able to mobilize as many families as they wish.
None of this would be possible unless we had allied people and organizations that would support us to continue arriving and creating options for pregnant families and / or with babies in their arms. We are extremely grateful, we are honored for your trust in our MAM Center.
This is an approach to the packages we have been delivering and we will continue to offer the families we are accompanying. You can channel your help by coordinating personal delivery at MAM Center, Isla Verde or at some meeting point with one of our members.
We will continue coordinating visits and scheduling appointments / schedules at the support center in Sabana Grande. Do not hesitate to contact us and join this solidarity management. The Midwives and MAM Center team are committed to collaborative work and networking to face adversity and safeguard perinatal well-being.