Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Architectural Drawing of Birth Center to construct
Architectural Drawing of Birth Center to construct

 

Dear Donors and Supporters,

This past year and a half has been a time of growth and expansion for Mercy In Action sponsored Birth Centers in the Philippines, where our staff has been busier than ever with more than the usual number of childbirth deliveries, as well as many more pregnant women seeking checkups.

As the pandemic continues to rage throughout the Philippines, we are also finding that more communities are hard pressed as healthcare is less accessible to them, due to the continuing high number of COVID patients in the hospitals and shrinking healthcare labor force available, especially in rural areas.

One solution we have identified is the need for more birthing centers in areas where the community has none. We were approached by our head midwife about building a new birth center and clinic about 45 minutes from our existing Leyte clinic, on Samar island. So we have purchased a piece of land with a building damaged in the Super Typhoon In this community, and are in the process of renovations. 

Currently, there are no medical facilities in this area, and families are being forced to deliver at home with no trained birth attendant. When we get the new birth center and clinic up and running, we can address this problem with high quality midwife-led care in a lovely, welcoming birthing center. 

Thank you for helping assure there are safe places for babies to be born! We will continue to update you as this project comes to fruition. 

Blessings,

Vicki

For the Mercy In Action team in the Philippines

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Mercy In Action is keeping mothers and babies safe
Mercy In Action is keeping mothers and babies safe

Dear Friends,

As this global COVID-19 pandemic continues into the second year, we wanted to say thank you, once again, for helping our Mercy In Action midwife-led team continue to make safety a top priority in caring for the pregnant women and newborn babies in our care in the Philippines. Your support has been invaluable in keeping mothers and babies healthy and safe in some of the poorest communities in the developing world. We are proud to say that the pandemic has not caused a disruption of services, nor has it compromised the excellent maternity care we provide, thanks to you.

How does your financial partnership with Mercy In Action keep mothers and babies safe? Donations ensure that every pregnant woman in our care receives free high-quality prenatal vitamins, and, during the pandemic lockdowns of the past year, each family that comes through our door receives food as well. Food is the most important aspect of good prenatal care to grow a healthy baby, body and brain, and the growing baby can't wait for the lockdowns to be over...any malnutrition at all in the womb can prove to be disastrous. Your support has kept our growing babies healthy during a time of true need, and supported the health of many pregnant and breastfeeding mothers! 

Donations also ensure that our midwifery care remains free to the patient, and our clinics and birth centers can purchase the medical supplies needed to keep birth safe, satisfying, and woman-centered. Thanks to your generosity, we have never once run out of soap, gloves, hand sanitier, or disinfectant. We have what we need to follow best practices in infection control, and all aspects of the provision of maternity care in our facilities is professional and high quality. 

There are just no proper words to tell you how much your donations have meant to so many vulnerable families this year! So I will just say "Thank You" on their behalf...

Love,

Vicki, for the Mercy In Action team

Pregnant women in our care receive free vitamins
Pregnant women in our care receive free vitamins

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Your support made a difference to 600 babies!
Your support made a difference to 600 babies!

What a challenging year 2020 has been, for so many people, and certainly for the families living in poverty in the Philippines that sought care from Mercy In Action this year!  We were there for the 600 babies that have been born thus far this year in our two birth centers, and our midwives helped hundreds of more pregnant women with food, home visits, and clinical check-ups and treatments. We visited the sick, the prisoners, and many in great need, and to them all, we offered medical care, food, and hope.

As this year comes to a close, we think of all of you who supported Mercy In Action in our work this year. It was because of your partnership with us that we were able to find those with no resources and help them safely through pregnancy and delivery. It was your donations that gave 600 low-income women safe childbirth. You saw the urgent need when the pandemic lockdowns began and helped us buy food for all our pregnant and postpartum patients and their families when they had no way to go to work. You saw the need for midwives to provide cost-effective and personalized care in areas where there was no good maternity care of any kind. You helped many people living in poverty - his report is for you to see that you are indeed making a difference in the world. In a tough year, you provided vital and life-giving help to many. On their behalf, we say a heartfelt Thank You! 

Sending this with lots of love from the Mercy In Action team in the Philippines!  

Safely teaching health classes at prenatal clinic
Safely teaching health classes at prenatal clinic
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Smiles can be seen even through the masks!
Smiles can be seen even through the masks!

It is November, eight months after a global pandemic was declared, and our Mercy In Action sponsored birth centers in the Philippines have been busier than ever with births!  Our mission to improve health and healthcare for pregnant women is carrying on stronger than ever during this pandemic and your support has made the difference! Thank you so much!

We want to thank you for many things. Thank you for your continued support of this vital work that has allowed us to provide the extra medical supplies needed to care for every mother and newborn baby properly.  

Another thing we are so thankful to you for is the support to keep our staff in the proper PPE needed to keep everyone safe from infection during the pandemic.  We are happy to report that so far there have been no COVID-19 infections in our clinics or birth centers of staff or patients!

 Masks and face shields are required everywhere in the Philippines, but what I love is that you can still see the smiles in the eyes of the mothers and fathers as they take their new babies home! The pandemic has not dimmed the joy that parents feel when being well cared for by the midwives of Mercy In Action in the Philippines.

 You make a difference in so many lives by supporting Mercy In Action, and never more so than now. We are thankful for you every day!

 

Love and Blessings from the Mercy In Action staff

The joy in parent's faces still shines through
The joy in parent's faces still shines through

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Mercy In Action Birth Center Sponsors Weddings!
Mercy In Action Birth Center Sponsors Weddings!

This is Having founded and run non-profit charitable clinics and birth centers for the past 29 years in the Philippines, you would think there would be nothing new under the sun! Yet I am constantly amazed at both our new challenges and our new opportunities. In the midst of a global pandemic, we found one more reason for hope, a series of weddings hosted by Mercy In Action for our patients who, because of poverty and overwhelming government regulations, were never able to get legally married, much less get married by a church official. 

Here is how it started: Last fall, before the pandemic, we realized that many of our clients having babies were not legally married, which complicates filling out a birth certificate. We knew that finances and not having their own birth certificates were a barrier for the poor to get married, so many live as "common-law". So, Mercy In Action offered to host a mass wedding in the spring for all who wanted it. Over 40 couples applied! So our staff got on board to help each couple get proper documentation to apply for a marriage license. This often meant rewinding all the way back to their own birth when they had never been issued a birth certificate (as it costs money their parents did not have). After partnering with a local church to counsel the couples and perform the ceremonies, and partnering with a US church to sponsor the cost of the legal documents, we were on our way...then the pandemic hit. 

The wedding dresses had been loaned, we had purchased rings for each couple, the marriage licenses were in hand... so we decided to go ahead, one wedding at a time, with masks and safe social distancing. 

What does this all have to do with our birth center goals? One thing that we know is that birth outcomes will be better overall if we can help in any way to lift parents out of abject poverty.  If a child's parents both hold birth certificates and are legally married, it gives that entire family a better chance for opportunities in the future. And the couples have expressed to us how much it means to have a real wedding; it has boosted their morale and given them encouragement that they are not alone in their struggles.

Thanks for partnering with Mercy In Action in our work for Safe Motherhood and Infant Survival. Today, that looks like a wedding! 

Love and blessings,

Vicki,

For the Mercy in Action team 

Weddings during the time of coronavirus!
Weddings during the time of coronavirus!
Masks are removed for official wedding photo
Masks are removed for official wedding photo

Links:

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Location: Boise, ID - USA
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Vicki Penwell
Boise, ID United States
$114,271 raised of $150,000 goal
 
1,673 donations
$35,729 to go
Donate Now
lock
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. View other ways to donate

Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC has earned this recognition on GlobalGiving:

Help raise money!

Support this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.