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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
Mother and baby at our Maternity Waiting Home
Mother and baby at our Maternity Waiting Home

The first Christmas was about a baby, a very special baby that changed the world. At Mercy In Action, we seek to follow the example of the Christ Child in all we do, as well as to change the too common narrative of a poor woman in labor and her desperate husband being turned away from comfort and care because they have no money… because just like that first Christmas, for the poor and marginalized, there never seems to be “room in the inn.” 

 

But not so at Mercy In Action! No pregnant woman is ever turned away from a Mercy In Action birth center. If she needs shelter, it is given to her. If she needs food, it is given to her. And if she becomes high risk and needs a hospital birth, or surgery, we help her with that, also.

 

This year we are housing a very special family at our Maternity Waiting home. Realynn and Bot are a tribal couple; they came to live with us to await their baby back in November. When she went into labor, she developed complications, and needed a cesarean. After the surgery, she faced life-threatening complications, and has been hospitalized since December 3, so our team is taking care of her baby, and helping both of them have the best chance to survive this harrowing birth.

 

Your donations make all this good care happen for Realynn, and the other 30 or so other pregnant women that will give birth in a Mercy In Action facility this month of December…

 

Thank you from all of us at Mercy In Action, and blessings for the very merriest Christmas and happiest New Year!

 

Love,

Vicki, for the Mercy team!

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The prenatal clinic that was damaged in the storm
The prenatal clinic that was damaged in the storm

Midwives are a critically important part of the community in nations like the Philippines, where resources are low and mortality is high during childbirth and early childhood.

RoseAnn is a midwife that Mercy In Action proudly sponsors and works beside in the Philippines. While working on earning her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, RoseAnn also tirelessly visits local families and hikes to far-distant tribal villages to provide free maternity care to the poorest women.

Yesterday, Super Typhoon Mangkhut (known locally as Ompong) made landfall on Luzon island, where RoseAnn lives with her family, blowing in with winds as high as 170 miles an hour, along with heavy lashing rain. The storm quickly destroyed the roofs on our prenatal clinic and the building we use as a midwife guesthouse and maternity waiting home.

Mercy In Action plans to help RoseAnn build back the roofs, and fix the damage caused by rain inside the buildings when the roofs were blown off.

The Philippines is a land of much beauty, and at times, violent storms. But the pregnant women need their community midwife and the care she lovingly provides. So, we will rebuild and carry on.

Thanks for your support and prayers, and thank you for your donations, which will help us complete this needed reconstruction and roof repair.

Love, Vicki

RoseAnn serving the women in her community
RoseAnn serving the women in her community
RoseAnn checking moms and babies in the community
RoseAnn checking moms and babies in the community

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Mothers appreciate home visits from the midwives
Mothers appreciate home visits from the midwives

In the rural mountains above Subic Bay, Philippines, pregnant women and new mothers used to go without maternity care. It was too far (and treacherous) to walk down the steep mountain trails, with several river fords, while pregnant or with a tiny newborn, to reach one of the clinics in the town below, and anyway, they were often turned away, for lack of money to pay for the visit to a medical professional

Mercy In Action has been changing that since 2010. That was the year we began outreach visits with our local midwives to the mountain people and Aeta tribes who dwell in the high and rural places off the grid. All of this outreach care is free of charge to the people, because it is an important part of our strategy for reducing maternal and newborn mortality and morbidity in rural, low-resource areas of our country.

During the time of outreach, we met a family, who delivered their last baby in our birth center. This family was the first to stay in our newly built Maternity Waiting homes on the land we bought at the trailhead leading up to the mountain villages. They later came to work for Mercy In Action, and we scholarshipped their eldest daughter to midwifery college. She is now earning her Bachelor degree while continuing to serve as an outreach midwife to the mountains.

Midwives bring vitamins and clothes for newborn
Midwives bring vitamins and clothes for newborn
Midwives help with breastfeeding
Midwives help with breastfeeding
Ambulance makes routine home visits with midwives
Ambulance makes routine home visits with midwives
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Nerissa at Graduation - BSM in Midwifery
Nerissa at Graduation - BSM in Midwifery

Licensed Midwives in the Philippines were told a few years ago that according to new rules, every midwife in the country needed to go back to college to upgrade their current two-year Associate Degree in Midwifery into a four-year Bachelor of Science in Midwifery.

Mercy In Action stepped up to help our midwives we support to meet this challenging task. Because we believe in excellence in midwifery. Because we believe in every effort globally to make birth safer for women and babies. And because we believe in our midwives.

One of these midwives, Cecille, had graduated college, passed her board exams, and qualified for her original Midwifery license in 1991! A full 27 years later, she found herself back in school. But in keeping with the spirit of everyone who works at Mercy In Action, Cecille wanted to keep getting better, so she bravely accepted the challenge. On the day last month when she defended her final thesis, she wrote these words to me:
I graduated Midwifery last 1991..27 years ago! And yesterday I defended my thesis for the BSM. I am happy going back to school…I am enjoying it. Thank you so much to all the sponsors.

For Nerissa, who survived the terrible typhoon in 2013 that decimated her island, going back to college was just one more overwhelming challenge in the recovery process. But she took the step, knowing she was needed to serve her community, and graduated with honors two years later. Writing to me after she earned her Bachelor of Science in Midwifery, she said: "Finally the moment has arrived, I graduated and I got an award Proficient in Clinical Practice. I dedicate this to you for you are my inspiration. Thank you very much for everything."

Currently Mercy In Action is scholarshipping six Filipina midwives to earn their BSM degree. We are proud of each and every one of them, and the ones who have already graduated, as they willingly and cheerfully g through the hard work it takes to upgrade their education and become the very best midwives they can be! We are proud of them, and thankful for the sponsors who donate to Mercy In Action to help us make excellence in health care possible for all the families we serve with best-practice maternity care in the Philippines.

Cecille and classmates defended their thesis - BMS
Cecille and classmates defended their thesis - BMS
Mitch's investiture for her Bachelor of Science
Mitch's investiture for her Bachelor of Science

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Christmas Outreach
Christmas Outreach

Merry Christmas from Mercy In Action! I recently watched a movie about how Charles Dickens came up with the ideas he wrote into his most famous book, "A Christmas Carol." What interested me the most was that at the end of the movie, it was stated that the year the book was published in London, giving to the poor went up exponentially. Since 1843, all over the world, we continue to find new and creative ways to bless the poor at Christmastime.

And so it is with Mercy In Action. Christmas is an opportunity to bless the less fortunate in our communities in the Philippines and remind us all of the true meaning of the season. Our midwives have been hiking to nearby villages and giving out bags of rice, vegetables, and canned goods to extremely poor families that we are caring for during pregnancy, as well as their neighbors.

But our gifts to the poor extends far beyond Christmas and the food that will be gone in a few days; by also giving free prenatal care to village women, we are insuring a healthier pregnancy and a better chance at survival for mother and baby when labor begins.

Our Mercy In Action birth centers are another place for a different kind of outreach. By offering a safe, clean, and friendly environment, with no cost to the patient, we are insuring that women and their families will feel safe to come when labor begins. They know and can trust that they will not be treated disrespectfully, or given a bill that will put them in debt for years. Our birth centers are a port in the storm, (or more appropriate to this Christmas message, a "room in the inn".

Christmas is indeed a time to remember the poor. For our donors and monthly sponsors, we want to say a big thank you for helping us help hundreds of mothers and babies this past year with quality maternity services. And with your help, we will continue to bless the ones that need us most all year long.

To quote Charles Dickens, "No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another."

Thank you for lightening the burden for families in the Philippines.
The very happiest of holidays to you and yours,

Vicki, for the Mercy In Action team

Walking thru floods to bring gifts of food
Walking thru floods to bring gifts of food
Prenatal check-up are part of the outreach
Prenatal check-up are part of the outreach
Two babies born in Birth Center at Christmastime
Two babies born in Birth Center at Christmastime

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Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

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

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