About our Organization

Global Motherhood Initiative is pioneering an innovative model of maternity care.

The T-SIPS model (Transformative System of Integrated Perinatal Services) was designed in consultation with expert midwives, mental health professionals, and local public health authorities on the ground. Gentle, respectful, mother-centered midwifery care is completely integrated with deep trauma therapy.  Each visit is attended by both a midwife with education in trauma informed care, and a therapist specializing in refugee/IDP issues, with  training in basic maternal health. All care plans are written cooperatively, with guidance from the mother herself.

We know the midwifery model of care works. One large Cochrane review concluded that there were no adverse effects to this model, and many benefits, including an overall highly level of patient satisfaction, and less routine interventions, including a lower cesarean section rate.2  This low tech, high quality of care is crucial in camps where hygiene is poor, and medical practitioners are few.  This model of care is based on mutual respect, relationship building and compassion.

We also know that counseling and psychosocial support is absolutely crucial for most trauma victims' recovery, and that it is in incredibly short supply in Iraq. With only three psychiatric hospitals in the entire country, demand far outstrips supply.  The greatest need here is for mental health professionals trained in short term therapies, as the population is mobile; women are coming and and out of camps in unpredictable waves.  

By providing integrated midwifery care and mental health care, we can provide a safe, loving spot for women to connect with their providers, themselves, and their babies. This dual professional care can make all the difference in helping mothers work with their almost unimaginably difficult pasts, making the space for them to reclaim their power through a safe, supported perinatal experience.

In consultation with Queen Mary University of London and Evidence Aid, we have developed a year long pilot study to evaluate our propriety care model in the field.  After the data is collected and evaluated, we hope to share our program with other organizations around the world.

With your help, we can change the face of maternity care for survivors of complex emergencies.

Our Team

We would not exist without our dedicated Boards.  We appreciate all their hard work and advocacy for the women and babies of Iraq! Our Boards are truly global, with representatives from Iraq, England, the United States, France, and Brazil.

Board of Directors


Jane E. Drichta



Georgia Ramirez

Co-Founder, MSc.

Haliz Ozman

BS Degree

Advisory Board

GMI's Advisory Board members lend their experience and expertise on a voluntary basis.  They advise on matters of  public health policy, maternal health, systems analysis and programming content.  Their professional recommendations and perspectives are invaluable and appreciated.

Andrea Savar

BS (Mathematics), BA (Foreign Language)

Amanda Meier

BSN, Registered Nurse

Kristina Kruzan


Heidi Koss

MA (Applied Behavioral Science), Licensed Mental Health Counselor


Natasha Crouch


Salam Jegbhir


Beverley Compton



Aurelie Paviza

MS (International and Comparative Health Law), MSc (Global Public Health and Policy)


Nathali Arias

MSc (Migration, Culture and Global Health)


Milton Santos

BSc (Global Public Health)


Angie Millington

BA (Fine Arts)


Alisha Wilkes

DNP, CNM, ARNP (Doctor of Nursing Practice in Midwifery)


Sean Hoke