Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

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

Project Report | Oct 21, 2014
Amid Destruction, Midwives Bring Life

By Vicki Penwell | Executive Director

This past year, Mercy In Action midwives were called up to step up above and beyond the normal call of duty, when we divided our attentions between our permanent Birth Center in Olongapo, on Luzon Island, and our disaster response tents on Leyte Island. This was in response to the largest storm the world has ever seen-Super Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda here in the Philippines.  

Because of monitary gifts from UCLA students to Global Giving, Mercy In Action was able to mount a disaster response to help the survivors of  Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.  From last November through Feb 1 of this year, we set up tents to provide both maternity care and emergency medical care for the victums of that horrific natural disaster. 

Jen Bunquin, a Registered Midwife, was one of the Mercy In Action midwives who lived in tents for six weeks to deliver babies at ground zero of that disaster zone. “There were lots of complications (for the mothers),” Bunquin, said. “You can feel the trauma in their hearts. They were scared.”

Here is a breakdown of the medical and maternity care Mercy In Action staff provided during the disaster response:

Total Documented Medical Encounters: 3,616 patients in 65 days!

- Total Deliveries: 116
- Total Primary Health and Wound Care: 1,532
- Total Breastfeeding women fed in ongoing feeding program: 648
- Total pregnant women examined and fed in ongoing prenatal care: 367

Equally important were the midwives we left at home, In Olongapo. Cecille Manaois was one of th Registered Midwives who stayed behind. "Someone needs to hold things together here", Manaois said. 

 

Three reporters for the UCLA Bruins Newspaper in California came to the Philippines to  interview us and report on how that Global Giving money was spent.  They wrote a wonderful set of six stories, two of which featured the work of Mercy In Action and the midwives we work with. Please open the link in this report and read the news stories they published. 

Blessings and thanks for all our donors do to keep our permanent and our disaster response teams functioning at top levels to give the best maternity care anywhere in the Philippines! 

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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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