Board of Directors
President- Jennifer Gallardo LDM, CPM
Jennifer has been a midwife since 1994 and is passionate about providing safe and gentle care to women and babies. She attended midwifery school in Latin America and attended births in the hospitals, slums, homes, and finally at a birth center she and her husband, Fernando, built in Guatemala City in 1994. She and Fernando are founders and owners of Andaluz Waterbirth Centers in Oregon, USA, open since 1998. After the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Jennifer went to Haiti to provide medical relief. She returned home with a burning determination to open a birth center in Haiti. She, Fernando and two midwife friends, Patricia and Desiree, opened MamaBaby Haiti in 2010, with the dream of providing a safe haven for women to come to labor and birth, and a place for women to be cared for in pregnancy and postpartum. She is very excited that their dream of opening a midwifery school to create a sustainable model of midwifery education is starting to blossom as well, as she knows that each midwife trained will make the difference between life or death for hundreds of mothers and babies.
Creative Director- Echo Zielinski
Echo is a wife, mother of three, and birth doula with a heart that beats for justice work. She first fell in love with Haiti during a post earthquake trip to Port-au-Prince in 2010. It was then that she was ruined for an "ordinary life" and has since devoted much of her time to serving those whom many overlook both locally and abroad. Echo became involved with MamaBaby Haiti after volunteering in December 2014. After just over a week with the Haitian staff, mamas & babies, she knew God had a bigger plan for her in bringing awareness, justice, and genuine love and care to these amazing people who quickly went from strangers to precious friends.
Vice President & Education Director- Patricia Couch CPM, LDM
Patricia has served people throughout the childbearing year in a variety of roles since 1997. She has been an actively practicing midwife in Oregon since 2006. She currently provides care and attends births in Oregon with Andaluz Waterbirth Center. She is passionate about gentle birth, the gentle treatment of babies and bonding. She has also served abroad in Mexico and Haiti.
After the Earthquake in early 2010 Patricia felt called to Haiti and arrived within a couple weeks to provide aide. While there she volunteered in the hospital, mobile healthcare clinics, orphanages and feeding houses. Later in 2010 she along with Jennifer, Fernando and Desiree founded MamaBaby International and opened MamaBaby Haiti near Cap Haitien, in Northern Haiti. Her goal was to provide a place that offers safe, loving, and compassionate midwifery care free of charge and to reduce the maternal and neonatal mortality rates in Haiti. This goal has become a reality. MamaBaby Haiti serves thousands upon thousands of people each year and provides free prenatal, labor, birth, postpartum and newborn care, a nutrition program as well as village clinics.
Operations- Fernando Gallardo
Fernando Gallardo has helped open (and sometimes built with his own hands) five birth centers. He is the father of nine children, grandfather to three grandsons, and the husband and avid supporter of a midwife. Fernando is a visionary, and does not give up. When Jennifer was discouraged that she was running into road blocks to open MamaBaby Haiti, he flew down to Haiti and found and finished building the location for the birth center in Haiti. He is a problem solver, and when there are problems at the birth center in Haiti, he will figure out a way around or through them. Fernando loves to create things, whether through carpentry, construction work, or on computers programming. The past few years he has been busy supporting over 100 birth centers and midwives nationwide with an electronic medical record system he created. He is now working on translating it to French so that we can use electronic medical records at our birth center in Haiti. When you have up to 70 women waiting outside the gates in the morning, that is an overwhelming number of paper records to find! Our dream is to someday have a satellite with good internet so we can use electronic medical records at our birth center in Haiti and make providing great midwifery care even easier for the midwives in Haiti.
Haitian Director- Claudin Inelus
Claudin was born and raised in a village just west of Cap Haitian, Haiti. He married his beautiful wife Carline in December 2015 and are now proud parents of two young sons. Claudin is an honest, humble, and hardworking man and became the Clinic Director in March 2015 after working as our night translator for many years. He also studied assistant accounting which has been very helpful in managing the clinic. Claudin's kindness and vibrant smile made him a volunteer favorite and we are so fortunate to have him on the ground managing MamaBaby Haiti and serving as a member of our board.
Volunteers and supplies coordinator- Jill Roper CPM
I am a wife, a mother to 7, and a grammy to 14 so far. I am also a midwife who absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, loves serving young mama's. The LORD has been so good to me and I want to honor Him in all that I do and say. I fell in love with MamaBaby Haiti back in 2013. I spent 6 weeks there serving the women of Haiti. I am so proud of the work they are doing there and will be returning this coming December to serve again. We all can make a difference, one MamaBaby at a time.
Secretary and Communications- Julie A. Shivley, BS, DEM, MS
Julie is a midwife, fertility consultant, and health care educator with over 25 years of experience in the clinical and educational application of Nutritional and Herbal medicine. She received her BS in Finance from the University of Illinois at Chicago, attended Birthingway College of Midwifery, and has a MS in Human Nutrition and Functional Medicine from the University of Western States. Her involvement with MamaBaby Haiti began as a volunteer midwife at the MamaBaby clinic in Northern Haiti in 2012. She fell in love with the place and the people and her experience volunteering in Haiti and working with the Board of Directors of MamaBaby Haiti fulfills a long-standing goal to make a difference in the lives of women and babies in countries where resources are limited. It is her goal to bring about a shift in the foundational understanding of vital health and healthy birth in local and global communities. Julie is co-author of the Chinese Medicine Clinical Reference Guide. She created and taught a community college course called Nutrition in the Childbearing year. She is the mother of two and resides in Canby, OR.
Fundraising Committee Lead- Gail Gassner
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