Oct 11, 2021

Featuring Terresa

A proud graduate who is now a CPM Midwife!
A proud graduate who is now a CPM Midwife!

Today, we would like to feature another recipient of the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship. Terresa is a graduate of the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery who has been helped by the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship. She is from the Western Cherokee Nation, and we are all so proud to now call her a CPM Midwife Colleague, as she recently took and passed the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam. Congratulations Terresa and welcome to the profession of midwifery! 

Donors like you make these students' successes possible!  Thank you for your donations, in memory of Claudia, to this vital scholarship fund. Claudia was passionate about helping raise up midwives of color to serve their own populations in America. Through this scholarship fund, we are increasing access to midwifery all across this nation.

Your support of this scholarship has been a priceless help to students in Mercy In Action College of Midwifery who are working toward their educational goals, with the end goal in mind of helping to improve the health and health care of vulnerable families around the time of pregnancy and childbirth.

Gratitude, Blessings, and Love are sent your way with this update!

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Aug 28, 2021

Reaching Into New Community On Samar Island

Architectural Drawing of Birth Center to construct
Architectural Drawing of Birth Center to construct

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,

This past year and a half has been a time of growth and expansion for Mercy In Action sponsored Birth Centers in the Philippines, where our staff has been busier than ever with more than the usual number of childbirth deliveries, as well as many more pregnant women seeking checkups.

As the pandemic continues to rage throughout the Philippines, we are also finding that more communities are hard pressed as healthcare is less accessible to them, due to the continuing high number of COVID patients in the hospitals and shrinking healthcare labor force available, especially in rural areas.

One solution we have identified is the need for more birthing centers in areas where the community has none. We were approached by our head midwife about building a new birth center and clinic about 45 minutes from our existing Leyte clinic, on Samar island. So we have purchased a piece of land with a building damaged in the Super Typhoon In this community, and are in the process of renovations. 

Currently, there are no medical facilities in this area, and families are being forced to deliver at home with no trained birth attendant. When we get the new birth center and clinic up and running, we can address this problem with high quality midwife-led care in a lovely, welcoming birthing center. 

Thank you for helping assure there are safe places for babies to be born! We will continue to update you as this project comes to fruition. 

Blessings,

Vicki

For the Mercy In Action team in the Philippines

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Aug 14, 2021

Pandemic still impacting Philippines

Every mother is given food and vitamins at clinic
Every mother is given food and vitamins at clinic

Dear Supporters,

It is with heartfelt appreciation that I write this report, as the COVID pandemic is still wreaking havoc in the Philippines. Hospitals are full and often refuse to accept pregnant patients. Lockdowns are still impacting people's ability to work or even to travel to access healthcare visits. 

Mercy In Action's birth centers are a beacon of bright light in this dismal situation. Always open, we are not only continuing all our services, we are also accepting women in labor in record number, and meeting this need with our usual high standard of maternity care. We have hired new staff midwives and birth assistants to meet the need, as we are only getting busier the longer the pandemic goes on.

Thanks to you, our donors, we are able to keep the birth centers well stocked. Your donations also help us keep supplies like cleaning products, gloves, and masks always on hand so that the midwives and staff can follow best-practice guidelines. 

Also because of your donations, our clinics have been able to set up food pantries in our waiting rooms, where people coming in for care can take anything they need, and also have the option of leaving food for others who are less fortunate. 

Thank you for continuing to help with this situation, your kind concern is appreciated more than you will ever know,

Blessings,

Vicki

For the Mercy In Action team in the Philippines

Mercy In Action pantry - take food or leave food
Mercy In Action pantry - take food or leave food
Mercy In Action pantry - all our clinics have this
Mercy In Action pantry - all our clinics have this

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