This visit to Manila bought many things to Birthing Better Babies including a team who partnered with BBBabies from Impact Church (in NSW and South Australia) which is incidentally MY church now! We planned and networked before we left but could not really SEE how things would work until our feet were on the ground in Baseco. It was a great journey!
Included in this team were Midwives, Student Midwives, Students aspiring to be nurses and normal mums and Nanas with a heart for the Women and Babes in Manila (and a few fellas who learnt a lot!!) What a joy it was to work with them. Some words that spring to mind when I think about this team was
They laughed they cried they sweated and taught their hearts out
They shared my burden of teaching and we certainly achieved so much more together that I have done in the past by myself. It was a great 10 days, with lives from both nations impacted forever!
New babies and bellies
Classes in Don Bosco and Baseco
Birthing Classes and some great homemade props, babies heads inside a skull teaching women NEVER SHAKE YOUR BABY
This team worked and sweated and cried for these beautiful mums in Baseco, they shared a burden and carried the weight.
Thanks Impact Team, until we do it again
One of our most commited sponsors is Lighthouse Church in Melbourne,
Here are some of the highlights from last year’s births, so exciting to see healthy babies being born in Baseco!
Roselyn Espinosa had a gorgeous baby boy John Mark
He is pictured here with his 2 sisters, they actually care for this gorgeous baby boy as his mother was forced back into the workforce. She however breastfed for as long as possible and now his sisters bottle feed him. They are responsible girls and look after John well. But again this situation shows the enormous pressure these families are under.
Thank you Lighthouse for sponsoring this mum, birth and baby, he is certainly healthy and you had a great hand in that outcome!
Here is another Lighthouse success Mary Jane Caintoy’s baby was a 9lb boy, great hospital birth with no complications.
Another teen pregnancy Annalyn had a baby boy Daniel , yes she is in a relationship but she is still very young, but her baby was big and healthy!.
Just a beautiful photo of another baby happily breastfeeding, Emily Saler and her baby girl Rhea Mae born safely in hospital.
These are only a few of the many, have a peep on the Lighthouse Sponsor Page, I am sure this church will have such a reward in heaven…..looking after the little ones here on earth blesses those in heaven
Cathy, Mark and Chris xxx
While we were in Manila this year we were honoured to partner with Days For Girls International
Please check out their website for some fantastic reports and details
One of our most impacting mornings was spent with this gorgeous young mum and her newborn.
Midwife Sandra a member of our Birthing Better Babies Team (Impact Church) was able to give her a Days for Girls Post-partum Kit and explain exactly how she needed to use it. It was a joy to watch.
It was an emotional experience, every response we have had has been gratitude and delight.
We are saving these women at least 40 pesos a day (that is approximately $1.00) doesn’t sound much right? BUt this family only earns approximately $1 a day, her husband is a pedicab driver. These Kits CAN and DO save lives.
Today this family will be able to afford rice AND some fish. Instead of buying sanitary pads.
Very very exciting! I am enriched knowing that a small thing can affect lives!
Oh by the way, they asked me to name the Baby…a little boy I named him Joshua.
I love my work….. it makes me happy!
Thanks to Days for Girls you empower me to empower others I am grateful!
I only just posted about my 6 plus teen pregnancies in Baseco when Pastora Marivic sent me this set of simply heartbreakingly gorgeous photos of a BBBaby mum Danica.
Danica is one of our teen pregnancies only 16 years old and her sweet baby girl Khaira Kate Narce was born on the 10th of June.
She was confined in Hospital for one week as she and the baby had an infection due to a urine infection in Pregnancy, probably untreated until the delivery. BBBabies helped this young girl with all of her Hospital expenses which probably would have been impossible to pay without us.
They are well and Khaira is being breastfed fully.
I am grateful we were able to help her but saddened that another young girl has began the journey to motherhood at such a young age. Pray we can turn the tide of teenage pregnancy in Baseco. Really agree that we can make a difference to the girls in this area.
A very sweet baby born to a very sweet girl!
Please look at these faces
All these beautiful girls are 19 years and under
The youngest is a 13 year old.
These faces are the faces of girls who have had their childhood and education cheated away from them because of ignorance and lack of education.
They will be destined to a life which statistically keeps them in a lower wage bracket and trapped in a cycle of poverty.
BBB is committed to Educating the teens in Baseco.
This cycle needs to stop.
There must be a generation of nurturing women educators and midwives who will rise up and end it.
It starts with us.
Make a difference come on a team, join with us as we fight the battle of ignorance.
The kids at Impact Up Club have changed the life of an unborn baby in Baseco…
Last year they collected enough bottles and cans to change a life perhaps forever!
Was it hard? Not really
They just did it!
Well done kids!!
Here is a picture of Meraluna!
Click HERE to read the details
When we visited Baseco and Don Boscoe in May we started a new initiative Body Awareness Classes. The main thrust of this programme was Teaching the girls about their body. We had about 40 girls attend.
We have been alarmed on numerous occasions by the simple lack of knowledge and sheer ignorance that girls and even child bearing women have….
Not that it is their fault, the doctors treat women as generally ignorant (which is unfortunately truth) but kept ignorant deliberately…
The teachers are embarrassed and very traditional in sex education classes, I have been told that the sex ed class consisted of simply chastisement if they do get pregnant. No knowledge, no information, no wisdom is imparted. Just embarrassment and confusion.
Many girls are too shy and confused to ask what is happening to their bodies and why. Naturally they fall easily into situations that cause pregnancy and voilà a baby!
Armed with some basic props and some great interpreters we began to tackle some priority issues including
- Teaching them about their bits, what is actually inside them
- Teaching them the proper names for their organs, naming = power
- Teaching the girls HOW a baby is concieved
- Boys body parts and how they are made to make babies
- Why they have periods
- How a baby is born
- How to stop babies being born, good decisions, personal safety, marriage, life partners.
- Focusing on education, those who stay in school are less likely to have early pregnancies.
It was a great success, the girls were animated, engaged and some even asked questions and became vocal about their body and what was evolving in them……
Yes a drop in the ocean, but if we can prevent one girl having one baby too early we have won.
BBB can make a difference one girl at a time
This generation will be better off than the last!
I am defiant. Well God and I 🙂
I was in the market, and some came up behind me and jabbed me in the ribs, happens a lot…
Turned around to see this smiling little face…
Emerald Cilso, she is severely mentally retarded, I think she is has cerebral palsy (not really sure). She was about 13 when we first met her. We sponsored her in kindergarten for maybe 4 years, she loved it. She can’t talk, but she has learned to communicate enough to be understood. If she ever sees us she comes up with the biggest smile and gives you a huge hug, just cute.
She is 21, and 4mths pregnant. I think she was first pregnant at 17 to some animal in his 40’s. Everyone who hears that over here goes “tut tut tut”, then continued on their merry eat. So wrong.
Once the baby was born, family just took it off her, suppose they will do the same with this one… I have no doubt that Emerald would not be able to adequately care for a baby.
But in an ungodly culture with almost no morals at all, no one thinks about doing something with the pervert who is repeatedly having sex with an intellectually handicapped girl.
If I was her father, the first time this happened I possibly would of kicked the animal hard and repeatedly until nothing between his legs ever worked again…but of course I am a Christian, so I am not allowed to say that or even think that (guess someone must of hacked my site). Parenting, not really done all that well over here.
One of the things BBB does, is just get accurate information into the hands and hopefully the minds of some of the young girls before they get pregnant. I am not sure it can really help some one like Emerald, although her first baby was a BBB birth. In Emeralds case, it’s just a crime and the guy should go to jail, definitely should of the first time.
When it comes to sex, body awareness and babies, ignorance is definitely not bliss. The more accurate information that can get into cultures where the topic is almost taboo, the better.
We are very grateful to everyone who supports BBB. Every little thing that we can contribute, education or expertise wise, practical care or just sponsoring a birth, together it can all begin to make an impact. Thank you for your support, we pray it continues, there is so much to be done.