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 17,700 mothers who have given birth safely.
A Legacy of Love
Our deepest gratitude to the Quail Roost Foundation for their generous gift of $25,000 in honor of the dedicated life and work of pediatrician Loretta Ortiz y Pino. Loretta and her compañera, Callie Williams, helped in the early formation of the Casa Materna’s Follow-up Program. Loretta died on February 28th, leaving a huge legacy of love, not only to the Casa Materna, but in Taos, New Mexico where she lived for many years.
The Loretta Ortiz y Pino Memorial Fund will be used to fund special projects presently being identified by the Casa staff. One of these will be an in-depth investigation/follow-up with adolescent mothers served in the Casa the past five years. This will enable the Casa staff to make a better assessment of how women and their families are doing at present and identify better ways for women to help prevent teen pregnancy in their own home communities.