Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
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Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
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Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days
Mercy In Action's First 1,000 Days

Project Report | May 16, 2024
Protecting the First 1,000 Days...even in Prison

By Vicki Allen Penwell | Executive Director

Babies are well cared for when mother is in prison
Babies are well cared for when mother is in prison

The First 1,000 Days is so important for every mother and baby, but we especially watch out for those who may not have normal access to prenatal care.  Recently Mercy In Action was featured in a post put out by the Olongapo Jail. Here is what the warden wrote: 

Amidst uncertainties, Ms. Marlene Domalaon and Ms. Meddie Raaging of Mercy in Action, Olongapo City become a beacon of hope for a pregnant Person Deprived of Liberty through the conduct of medical assistance (Pre-Natal Checkup). With compassion and expertise, they also conducted a Doppler Ultrasound, allowing the mother-to-be to hear her baby's heartbeat for the very first time. Overwhelmed with emotion, tears of joy flowed as she realized the miracle growing within her. In this moment of connection, Mercy in Action reaffirms the power of love and care in transforming lives.
The Olongapo District Jail Female Dormitory under the leadership of JSINSP, Acting District Jail Warden, would like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to the said organization for the unending support to our PDL.

We are proud of our team of midwives who offer respectful and dignified prenatal care in our local jails and prisons so that all pregnant women have access to quality prenatal care and childbirth education, given freely with love. This is just one of the ways Mercy In Action protects the vulnerable child's First 1,000 Days and changes birth outcomes by reaching out into the community to find pregnant women who may not be able to come to us to access prenatal care for one reason or another. Our relationship is such that the prison warden will call us the next day if a pregnant woman is arrested overnight so that we can begin to give care for her and her growing baby and prevent complications. We arrive with free prenatal vitamins as well. Often, it is the first check-up of any kind that she has had during her current pregnancy. As you read above, often mothers cry to hear their baby's heartbeat. All this helps them be more determined than ever to give their baby a fighting chance at life.

If you would like to read more about Mercy In Action's activities in the Olongapo prison, including a Mother's Day Women's Empowerment/ Know Your Worth activity from this past weekend, you can follow the stories at 

As always, our most heartfelt thank you for donating to Mercy In Action to help the less fortunate with top-quality and loving maternity care during the critical First 1,000 Days of life! It is making a difference in so many marvelous ways by impacting the physical, emotional, social, and spiritual health of the people we serve! Babies can have a good First 1,000 Days, no matter the unfortunate circumstances their mothers find themselves in during pregnancy.

Love, Vicki

Story featuring Mercy In Action's service in jail
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Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

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

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