Jan 3, 2020

Thank you! Building Project is Funded!

This birth officially opened the new Birth Center!
This birth officially opened the new Birth Center!

Words cannot express how thankful we are for our donors who helped us fund the newest Mercy In Action Building Project here in Olongapo, Philippines.

Because of you, our doors are now open again in our Olongapo community! 

Because of you, the first two babies have been born in the new facility already! (With thousands more to come in the years ahead!)

Because of you, we now have double the impact on good maternity care outcomes here in the Philippines!  

So thank you, you have helped get our new year off to a fantastic start! 

Remember that we have two birth centers up and running, delivering more than 300 babies per year. Please continue to donate to our ongoing maternity care project on Global Giving, so we can continue to serve the poorest families in the Philippines with quality, up-to-date and best-practice midwifery care that is kind, compassionate and always free to the patients! 

You can continue to donate through our regular project, and tell everyone about our ongoing work:

Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippinesby Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mercy-in-action-birth-center-saves-motherbaby-lives/

 

Blessings, and Happy New Year to you! 

Midwife staff with Mother and Baby in new building
Midwife staff with Mother and Baby in new building
Celebrating with the builders and staff at finish!
Celebrating with the builders and staff at finish!
Finished Mercy In Action Birth Center Olongapo, PH
Finished Mercy In Action Birth Center Olongapo, PH

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Dec 17, 2019

The Best Christmas Gift!

Best Christmas Gift is a Healthy Mom and Baby!
Best Christmas Gift is a Healthy Mom and Baby!

Aliz is worried; she feels her labor starting, but she does not know how she will pay for any assistance with the birth. Her husband is far away, looking for work. Her two-year-old son sleeps beside her. Its almost Christmas, but there will be no presents this year - the birth will take all the money she has and more. As morning dawns, she can no longer deny that she is indeed in labor - the baby will be born today.

Then her neighbor stops by and notices the contractions that come every 5 minutes.  "Have you heard of Mercy?" she asks. "You could go there, they will accept you, even without money".

Aliz shakes her head. She has not heard of this option. What is mercy, she wonders to herself? 

"Come with me", says the neighbor, and picking up the sleepy toddler, she leads the way out to the road, where they soon flag down a jeepney. It is only a short ride, and then they are there... the birthing facility Mercy In Action built, where all pregnant women are welcomed and accepted into care with no charge.

Aliz is now in serious labor, contractions coming close together. Her neighbor promises to watch her child, while two friendly midwives greet Aliz and take her down the hall to the labor room. She is given privacy, dignity, and informed consent for every possible option, and soon she surrenders fully to the force of the contractions, feeling safe and secure in this bright, clean, and warm birthing home. Before another hour is passed, Aliz is holding a new tiny daughter, who cries with protest as Aliz cries with relief.

Later, when Aliz is nursing her baby in the postpartum recovery ward,  her neighbor brings her son in to meet his sister. She smiles and Analiz smiles back. All worry has vanished from Alaliz's face. I told you they were kind and competent, and you will not be in debt when you leave here", declares the neighbor, for she had birthed her own baby here only last year.

As Analiz gets ready to check out the next day, 24 hours after giving birth, she stops by the Christmas tree in the lobby and gets her picture taken with her beautiful daughter. She leans down and whispers "I will name you Mercy, for mercy was shown to me this day...truly the Lord is good, at Christmastime and always..."

We hope you have enjoyed this short Christmas story.  We ask you to keep us in your thoughts and prayers as we continue to offer excellent maternity care at no charge to the patient and her family here in our Mercy In Action Philippines birthing homes and clinics! 

And please, won't you take a moment to click on the URL link and watch our short Chrismas and Year-End video...these pictures are worth a thousand words! 

Blessings for a Merry Christmas season and Happy New Year! 

Vicki, for the Mercy In Action team

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Nov 26, 2019

Big push to get Birth Center open!

Midwife Cecille watches progress on birth center!
Midwife Cecille watches progress on birth center!

A neighbor on our street had a baby earlier this week. She had been hoping our birth center would be open, but it was not yet. We are giving her good postpartum care at her home, but she wishes she could have had her baby in the birth center we are building here near her house. Now she has delivery bills to pay. 

Today a member of our local rescue squad called to ask if we were open, as his neighbor thinks she may be in labor. 

Each day that goes by without our clinic being open means that these neighbors of ours are not getting the best care that they could. The hospital is far from us and overcrowded, and it is expensive for the people who live around here. Homebirth is no longer an option since the municipality outlawed the practice in 2010 in an attempt to lower the very high maternal and newborn mortality rates in our region.

We are so close! Please help us finish this last push to get our birth center open here in the Philippines; it is our prayer that we could finish in time to give our community a great gift for New Years Day - a bright, new, well-stocked and free maternity clinic and birth facility! 

If we can raise enough money, we can pay our builders over time, which would also bless their families during the Christmas season, and greatly increase our chance of being finished by the end of the year.

But we need your help. Giving Tuesday is a few days away, and on that day, December 3,  all donations will be matched for GlobalGiving donors. 

Please donate something now, or if you plan to give big, wait until Giving Tuesday when every donation will be matched, to amplify your impact! 

We can get this done, and together welcome the pregnant women on our road, in our villages, and all throughout our community. 

Thanks and love from the Philippine team! 

Vicki

New Clinic and Birth Center - almost finished!
New Clinic and Birth Center - almost finished!
Stairs leading to the new clinic from our street
Stairs leading to the new clinic from our street

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