The Casa Materna Mary Ann Jackman changes the lives of rural Nicaraguan mothers - one safe birth at a time!
The Casa Materna seeks to reduce maternal and infant death rates in the Matagalpa, Nicaragua region. We provide pre-natal and post-natal care and education for mothers from rural areas with high risk pregnancies.
We provide a short-term residence in the city of Matagalpa, offering food, shelter, education, transportation and support for high-risk pregnant women 1-2 weeks before and after childbirth. As we celebrate our 25th year we give thanks for the more than 17,600 mothers who have given birth safely.
Zika in Nica
No doubt you have been following the media focus on the Zika Virus in Latin America, and especially the perceived threat to pregnant women. Many of you have been writing to ask how the Casa Materna is being affected. The mothers and staff are so grateful for your loving concern and ask for your continued prayers and support.
As of mid-September 2016 there were 1,845 reported cases, although only 20-25% of people will show symptoms so the number is likely much higher. Of these, 977 were pregnant women being closely monitored (as of that time 186 had given birth without problems). The first child with Zika-related microencephaly was born to a Nicaraguan mother in August.