Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. We have been establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992, and to date more than 12,000 babies have been delivered free of charge for the poorest of the poor in Mercy In Action's Birth Centers, and literally tens of thousands of lives have been helped and healed in the medical outreaches. Mercy In Acton also teaches clinical internships, seminars and training retreats to prepare midwives, medics and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary chil...
Jul 10, 2015

A Warm Welcome

A warm welcome for a new little one
A warm welcome for a new little one

Babies born with the help of the Mercy In Action midwives in the Philippines receive a warm welcome, no matter the time of day or night! Midwives are always available to assist a woman in labor, and help make her journey to motherhood more comfortable and empowering. No pregnant woman is ever turned away for lack of ability to pay.

The midwives are trained in all 10 steps of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Initiative (IMBCI), which outlines their care as respectful and evidence-based, and as a part of IMBCI, they are also trained in the UNICEF 10 Steps of Baby Friendly Care, which supports breastfeeding.

Because of their training through Mercy In Action, our midwives proudly reported back from a training they attended in Manila recently:  "We already knew and were implimenting the best-practice information that was being taught in our continuing education training. We Mercy midwives were so proud we knew that already."

Your generous donations help us to support the local midwives here in the Philippines, so that they are able to give a warm welcome to every newborn baby in their care!

Happy MotherBaby pair
Happy MotherBaby pair
Welcome to the world
Welcome to the world

Links:

May 26, 2015

Rebuilding in the Disaster Zone

With your generous help, Mercy In Action rebuilt an entire clinic/birth center that had been smashed to rubble in the disaster zone.

You remember how devastated Leyte Island was last year after the largest storm in history ripped through the Philippines. Known as Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda in the Philippines) this storm destroyed all the hospitals and clinics for hours around the epicenter of this terrible disaster.

So we chose one birth center to rebuild from the ground up. It is now complete, open for business, and truly one of the nicest birth centers in the entire Philippines! Cumpio Clinic is well furnished, well stocked, well staffed, and so full of love and gratitude from the patients who are all survivors of the 2013 Super Typhoon that wiped out much of Leyte Island.

Since Cumpio Clinic opened the new doors last fall, 102 babies have been born in the newly rebuilt birth center, 238 prenatal exams have been done in the outpatient clinic, and over 100 home visits have been made to postpartum mothers and babies.

These attached pictures tell the story of what is possible when people come together and respond quickly, compassionately, effectively, and efficiently following a natural disaster.

This recent email from Nerissa to Vicki speaks volumes about the profound effect this project had on one typhoon survivor:

"Dear Ma'am Vicki,
Thank you. Indeed i am so very happy and that i am so thankful for all the donors. You just didn't rebuild the clinic but you gave back my life, hope, the zest and will to live and the most important my faith in God.
You really made an impact to us.
I love you with all my heart.


Nerissa"Heartfelt thanks to our Global Giving donors who made this project possible.

Links:


Attachments:
Apr 28, 2015

Mercy In Action delivers...for the incarcerated

Vicki, Jen and Jennifer at Women
Vicki, Jen and Jennifer at Women's Prison-Olongapo

A few days ago I went on an unusual home visit... to the provincial women's prison to provide prenatal care.

Society often forgets women in prison, even if she is pregnant, which here in the Philippines means she may not get any medical check-ups during pregnancy, and may be subject to disrespectful treatment during labor and birth from overworked and underpaid staff at an overcrowded government hospital.

Mercy In Action is changing that here in Olongapo by reaching out to the local women's prison to give free maternity care, including prenatal exams, pregnancy vitamins, pre-natal testing for HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis B, and medical treatment as needed. After the birth we go back to the prison to follow up with postpartum check-ups.

And when the woman goes into labor? Mercy In Action opens our gates wide to receive the prison wagon that pulls up and brings out the laboring woman in chains. The midwives lovingly greet her and take her inside, where all chains and handcuffs are removed, and she is treated with respect and dignity for the duration of her stay. Our center is the only place where a woman has unrestricted access to her newborn after birth, especially important for a mother who knows in a few days she has to let go. The female guards who accompany the mother often express their praise for this haven of rest and kindness, a kind of bubble for the mother and baby before reality intrudes again all too soon...

...For that is sad part of this story. Babies are not allowed to remain with their mothers once they go back to prison three days after the birth. Here again, Mercy In Action steps up to help arrange for the transfer of the newborn into safe care either with family or in a local baby home. And of course we offer comfort to the mother, who is often grieving to lose her baby in this way. Recently a woman told us "Mercy helped me during my worst time, I will not forget you".

What do you think? How can we help these women even more? We appreciate suggestions, comments and prayers from our donors. Please email us at info@mercyinaction.com. Without you we would not be able to conduct all the outreach we are currently involved in through our birth center. We love helping pregnant women in prison, and we hope you loved hearing about this compassionate outreach.

Midwife Jen gives so much love to all women!
Midwife Jen gives so much love to all women!

Links:

donate now:

Make a monthly recurring donation on your credit card. You can cancel at any time.
Make a donation in honor or memory of:
What kind of card would you like to send?
How much would you like to donate?
  • $25
    give
  • $35
    give
  • $60
    give
  • $150
    give
  • $500
    give
  • $25
    each month
    give
  • $35
    each month
    give
  • $60
    each month
    give
  • $150
    each month
    give
  • $500
    each month
    give
  • $
    give
gift Make this donation a gift, in honor of, or in memory of someone?

Reviews of Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Great Nonprofits
Read and write reviews about Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC on GreatNonProfits.org.