Help Pregnant Patients during Coronavirus Pandemic

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
Help Pregnant Patients during Coronavirus 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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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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Food Baskets for Pregnant and Postpartum Patients
Food Baskets for Pregnant and Postpartum Patients

Dear Supporters,

So many of you responded generously to our call for help getting food to all our pregnant and postpartum women on lock-down in the Philippines. In this report, I want to share stories and show you pictures of your impact.

Lockdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections looks very different in the Philippines, where many poor families are used to going out every day to find work or recycling to sell so that they can buy food for that one day. If you can't go out and work, you stay home hungry. This is not sustainable for anyone for long, but especially vulnerable in this lockdown are the pregnant women, the breastfeeding women recovering from childbirth, and the families with small children.

Our midwives and staff went straight into action when we began to hear of stories of food scarcity amount our patients. Mercy In Action has been wiring donations to the Philippines and our clinic staffs  have been busy buying food in bulk and making individual bags of rice and food for our patients. This past week we have given away 500 kilos of rice and hundreds of bags of groceries.

Please enjoy seeing these photos and knowing just how important you are during this time! 

Since our organization’s programming already aligns with COVID-19 relief/recovery efforts, we’re doubling down on this work. We’re doing this by adding more ambulance service to get patients to our clinic, and to deliver food other homes, and midwives to medically necessary home visits. We are expanding our budget to include food for all the vulnerable people we already serve. We’re grateful to be in a situation that allows us to continue serving our community during this crisis., with your help

 

Thank you, and please keep engaged (and pray!) until this pandemic is over.

Vicki Penwell

For the entire Mercy In Action Team!

Midwives Going Out to Deliver Food to Lock-ins
Midwives Going Out to Deliver Food to Lock-ins
Mercy Team Hiked to a Remote Village with Food
Mercy Team Hiked to a Remote Village with Food
We have already given away 500 Kilos of Rice!
We have already given away 500 Kilos of Rice!

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Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Location: Boise, ID - USA
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Project Leader:
Vicki Penwell
Boise, ID United States
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