Copyright ©2020 Maternl | Hygeia Health Systems, LLC
Michael R Berman MD MBI FACOG Founder and President
through communication, information, respect, empathy, trust, and social justice, while addressing disparities and unmet needs in care for vulnerable and underserved families and communities, reflecting one standard of healthcare for all.
Our programs are your programs
Joining Maternl© is free and gives you full access to our unique programs. Joining only requires you to submit your email address. When you join Maternl©, you will have your own personal homepage. This will be your dashboard for all the programs at Maternl©.
Your personal prenatal health record
A personal pregnancy health record (PPHR) with each and every entry sent to you by email to store in your private email account including your prenatal health information, your visits with your provider, your daily baby kick counts and keep a personal diary. Users whose entries contain abnormal findings or concerning symptoms will be alerted to suggest follow-up with your provider. Users who identify their need for essential social services such as sheter / housing, food, transportation and utilities will be directed to appropriate resources.
Get Care: help to find and access centers for pre-natal care
A personalized letter of introduction to a center for pre-natal care and women's health with our "Get Care: Get The Healthcare You Deserve" program. The Maternl© organization believes that all families must be able to enter and be embraced by a healthcare system. Through its 'GetCare' program, Maternl© can provide not only help with finding and access to pre-natal care centers and resources, but Maternl© fosters advocacy and personalized direction to these center by providing a letter of introduction to the center so dignity and respect can be realized and essential pre-natal care services be obtained.
Comfort and support for pregnancy loss
A place for comfort, empathy, support and hope if you should experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or newborn death including original writings, poems, sharing and bereavement resources
"Though strangers we may be, we are all connectied by the loss of a child, and that makes us all soulmates..." ( from a Maternl / Hygeia user )
Receive a personalized, original poem of loss and hope
A program to rededicate an original, personalized poem to a loved one or friend or keep for oneself as a remembrance or celebration and the ability to select a poem to download and print which is personalized, signed and rededicated for you to have and share.
"Poetry enables me to ask why even when we already understand how. It permits me as a Doctor of Medicine, witness to the frailties of our humanity, to abet healing through the very core of what makes us human, our language and our personal emotions." ( M.Berman )
The Maternl© blog: share your thoughts and feelings
A personal or public space to reflect and share. This program offers a private space for only the registered user to access to memorialize thoughts and reflections and a public space, moderated by the Maternl© team. Here, you - including but not limited to healthcare professionals, students and patients - will find a place to document and share personal reflections, essays, stories and commentaries that reflect perspectives on maternal and child healthcare, including humanism, disparities in access and care, ethics and the importance of trust: the hallmark of the doctor-patient relationship as well as thoughts and teachings about our patients when they die or are incurable: the ultimate challenge to the bond of patient with doctor. Each entry is also emailed to the registered user.
A mission to believe in the values of social justice
Inherent in what defines the best practice of prental care is an unfaltering responsibility of the healthcare provider and an unconditional trust of the provider by the patient. Together these bond the chasm between vulnerable patients and the knowledge and experience of the physician / provider; a synergy of the need for care and the privilege of caring. This paradigm must apply to all mothers seeking pre-natal care ( albeit to all those seeking healthcare ) to play a role to reduce maternal and perinatal morbidity and mortality and address equally pervasive disparities which exist to deny access to one standard of maternal care for all, disparities defined by the social determinants of health.
The following Social Justice Blog documents and shares with all users, the Maternl© Organization's thoughts on social injustice, unconscious bias, racial disparities, the disenfranchised and vulnerable, hunger and needs for shelter and access to health care.
It is our hope Maternl© will join the strivings and sucesses of other highly respected, inkind organizations devoted to the health and well-being of all mothers and families, complementing each's humanistic values and missions to improve the healthcare of those at-risk, vulnerable and disadvantaged families, world-wide. Complentary organizations include:
Michael R. Berman, MD, MBI, FACOG
Founder, President and CEO
Hygeia Health Systems, LLC
P.O Box 3674
Woodbridge, Connecticut 06525
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