By Vicki Penwell - Founder and Executive Director; Midwife
Birth Amidst the Crisis:
This is a picture of the baby born in the recent flood. We are so humbled by how resilient the Filipino people are; the woman in labor was so brave in the midst of the storm, and our Filipina midwives, who only hours before were frightened for their own lives with (water up to their necks) were heroes as they came to the aid of the woman in labor; they just figured out a space, a high bed and a way to use what we had to help this little one safely into the world. Two days later, while we were still cleaning up, two more babies were born; this time both mothers experienced potentially life-threatening complications of labor. Life is hard but God is good, and our Mercy In Action birth center is making an important difference in the lives of the local women.
Everyone on our team has gotten right to work cleaning and caring for the needy at the same time after this devastating flood...
Birth Center flooded:
As for our clinic and birth center, water was 5 feet high inside, so as you can imagine, much of our medical equipment and furniture are a total loss, although we were able to put many things up high before the flood hit full force. We will be rebuilding and purchasing new medical supplies with donations. Thank you for your kind generousity to help women in crisis to give birth safely. Your donations are more important now than ever.
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