Published in the Kansas City Star:
JoCo nonprofit supplies healthcare, support to Haitian moms and babies
By Anne Marie Hunter, Special to The Olathe News, January 05, 2019 11:25 AM
For thousands of Haitian mothers and babies, The Global Birthing Home Foundation has been a blessing, allowing them to build a prosperous future.
Founded by local physicians Stan Shaffer and Betsy Wickstrom in 2004, the Johnson County nonprofit planned and oversaw the development of Maison de Naissance (“Home of Birth” in French), a maternal health and birthing center in the southwest Haitian city of Torbeck. Since opening, the foundation has helped support the healthy birth of nearly 6,000 babies at the center.
The Maison also offers numerous other healthcare services, including pre- and post-natal care, infant care, family planning, well-baby checkups, immunizations and home visits. In 2017 the group provided more than 53,000 patient consultations to those in Torbeck and neighboring communities.