Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC


Mothers and babies die unnecessarily during childbirth in the Philippines because 50% of the poorest women do not have money to pay a skilled birth attendant. Mercy In Action midwives provide free childbirth services including kind, evidence-based prenatal, labor and delivery, postpartum and newborn care, as well as vitamins, anti-hemorrhage drugs, and immunizations for poor malnourished women, resulting in a maternal and neonatal mortality rate 4-times better than the country of the Philippines
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Mothers and babies die in childbirth when they have no skilled birth attendant at the birth, due to anemia, hemorrhage, infection, hypertension disorders, and obstructed labor. Mothers who deliver in Mercy In Action's birth center receive excellent prenatal care, vitamins, and childbirth education. During delivery, they are given the benefit of up-to-date evidence-based midwifery practices in a clean, well-stocked mother-friendly and baby-friendly environment.


Anti-hemorrhage drugs prevent the most common cause of maternal death in the world, which is hemorrhage following childbirth. Vitamins prevent anemia and malnutrition in the pregnant women, preventing prematurity in the baby. Babies who are born to women with Hepatitis B do not acquire the potentially fatal disease because we give the Hep B prevention treatment. Mothers can deliver in a safe, compassionate environment because there is never a user fee for services or drugs at Mercy In Action.

Long-Term Impact

So far Mercy In Action has provided free deliveries for 12,500 women in the Philippines. We kept statistics which were printed in a book by medical anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd entitled "Birth Models That Work". These statistics show that Mercy In Action's Birth Centers had excellent results, showing a maternal and neonatal mortality rate 4 times lower than the country we are in. In the coming years thousands more mothers and babies will benefit from this project.


Mercy In Action website
Slides: Mothers and Babies born in birth center

Organization Information

Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Location: Boise, ID - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Vicki Penwell
Paso Robles, CA United States

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