Oct 28, 2020

Delivering during a pandemic

Midwife at home visit for new baby
Midwife at home visit for new baby

Jasmin was due to deliver her third child any day when she found out that the local birthing clinic where she planned to give birth had raised their delivery fee from 2,500 pesos to 6,500 pesos. She was told it was because of the pandemic; everything costs more now. Unable to afford this, she has in despair. Where will I get the money, she thought? Already they were running out of savings due to the lockdowns that made it difficult for her husband to find work.

Jasmin’s neighbor told her about the Mercy In Action sponsored birthing home over the river, where,  she said,  there is no charge, it is all free care sponsored by Mercy In Action.  Jasmin’s labor started shortly after the talk with her neighbor, so she discussed it with her husband and they decided to give it a try. Would it really be free? Would they welcome her or turn her away?

Upon arrival, Jasmin said the first thing she noticed was that the facility is so clean!  Then she was met by the midwives, who ushered her in with friendly faces, and knew right away she would be safe. A baby girl was born a few hours later.

When Jasmine and her husband checked out the next day with a healthy baby girl in their arms, Jasmine told the midwives, “What I love here is how you take such good care of me, you monitored me closely, and helped me with kindness...I have never had that before!”

As they loaded into the Mercy In Action ambulance for the ride home with their baby daughter, they were given a bag of food, as is every patient during this time of the pandemic. And told that a midwife would visit them in their home the next day, to check up on the new mother and baby.

This story, we hope, will show you just a glimpse of what your donations mean to the community we serve in the Philippines. Now, more than ever, we depend on your generosity to continue to help families like Jasmin's. 

Blessings! 

Vicki for the Mercy team

Mother with new baby after birth
Mother with new baby after birth

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Oct 19, 2020

Featuring Sumayya

Graduation Day 2019
Graduation Day 2019

Today, we would like to feature a recipient of the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship as we thank you for your donations to this vital scholarship fund in memory of our friend Claudia.

Sumayya is a graduate of the Mercy In Action College of Midwifery who has been helped by the Claudia Booker Memorial Midwife Scholarship, both with her initial midwifery education, and again as she prepares to take the board exam to become a midwife, the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) exam. Sumayya has worked hard on both her midwifery education and nursing classes and is preparing to take her board exam this month. We wish her all the best.

Your support of this scholarship has been a priceless help as students work 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, as well as caring for the newborn.

Thank you

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Jul 30, 2020

Special care for families in the Pandemic

A Mercy In Action Midwife caring for Mother & Baby
A Mercy In Action Midwife caring for Mother & Baby

Dear Supporters,

We want to thank you on behalf of the people we serve, who are very grateful for the assistance with food and medical care during this time. Mercy In Action has birth centers and clinics on two islands in the Philippines, and we have been bringing food to our patients and their families in our ambulances since the lockdown began due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our numbers of births in our birth centers on both islands have practically doubled due to the pandemic. 

Romie was one of our pregnant patients who received assistance, thanks to you. She said that without the donations of rice, canned food, and vegetables, she would not have been able to eat in the last months of her pregnancy. Happily, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl in our birth center this July. 

This is only one among hundreds of similar stories. You are making a difference with your donations, and we wanted you to know that. Right now, Mercy In Action midwives are delivering food along with delivering babies in the Philippines, where people have been hard hit with the coronavirus. We are glad to be on the front lines, and we are thankful to have you behind us, sharing generously with those less fortunate.

Blessings, thanks, and love,

Vicki

New mothers with food gift brought to their door
New mothers with food gift brought to their door

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