Upper Room

MARIA CABAGUE

   

CHILD

Baby boy- Justine

11 months old

Born in Feb 2011

FAMILY HISTORY

This is Maria’s 8th child!

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

Maria attended all prenatal appointments at Fabillia Hospital

She had all tests/ ultrasounds there

Good pregnancy no problems

However she went into labour very quickly and had the baby in her house attended by a Hilot (Read this story which gives an idea of what a traditional midwife or Hilot can and cannot do)

This was not Maria’s preference, see comments.

However

Birth was successful and there was no problems

POST NATAL

Baby fully breastfed

Immunisation completed

He is happy and healthy

FAMILY PLANNING

Maria had a tubal ligation after her forced home birth at Fabella

COMMENTS

Maria became a Christian during her pregnancy, Jn 14:12 ran a Bible Study for many months in her home at Aplaya near the beach at Baseco. She became a committed Christian and attended Pst Bohol’s church which is very close to her home in Aplaya.

She testifies to the goodness of God, because she was very very frightened at her birth with the Hilot, she believes that if she did not have faith in Jesus she may have had big problems in her forced homebirth.

She desperately wanted to go to hospital and was very frightened but Jesus was her saviour.

In the end it was a great delivery and Maria praises God for the faith she now has and testifies of it to many people.

She is very happy to be a Christian!

CATHERINE CHOZAS

   

    

CHILD

Baby Girl- Cyrin 1 year

Born in 2011

MOTHER

Family History- This is her 4th child

PREGNANCY & BIRTH

Born at the Mother and Child Hospital (Newest Hospital in Manila)

She attended all antenatal check ups there, all testing/laboratory tests/ ultrasound

No problems in pregnancy and birth

POST NATAL

Baby fully breastfed

Baby is in good health

Immunisation complete

FAMILY PLANNING

Wanted to ligate but was diagnosed with a thyroid problem which needed to be fixed before the operation

She will still complete ligation when her medicines are finished in the meantime she is using IUD for contraception

COMMENTS

Catherine’s Mother in Law is a Christian and goes to Pst Nolie’s church in Baseco (very close to her house)

She attends there too with all of the children!

ROSEMARIE BINATERO

   

   

CHILD

Boy -John Carlos

1 year 2 months (Born Jan 2011)

MOTHER

History-This is her 4th child

PREGNANCY and BIRTH

She attended  all prenatal checkups at Fabillia Hospital

All tests/ ultrasounds etc good

Good birth but was unable to get to the hospital for the birth, she was too late

She gave birth with the assistance of a friend who has had many babies

POST NATAL

Baby breastfed until he was 1 year old

Immunisations are almost complete

Baby well and healthy

FAMILY PLANNING

Rosemarie is involved with the new Family Planning organisation in Baseco called Likhaan

She attends monthly meetings with Family Planning Nurses and Midwives

She has had a contraceptive year long injection

ROSELYN PIABOL

   

FAMILY HISTORY

Roselyn has been involved with the church for years, but her husband is not a Christian

He is a pedicab driver, and they own a small shop with video games etc

She has 6 children

BABY

She had a little boy called Justin he is now 10months old

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

Roselyn went to Fabella for her checkups they were all ok until she was diagnosed with high blood pressure in late pregnancy and delivery.

She nearly had to have a Caesarean Section, as the baby had no heartbeat during delivery but she prayed and believed. She believes that the delivery was a miracle.

Blood pressure returned to normal after the birth,

She has had a ligation

POSTNATAL

She breastfed up til 4 months old now the baby is on the Bottle

Babies checkups are nearly done.

MARILOU DAHAN

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FAMILY HISTORY

Marilou  has 6 children

Her husband works in Divisoria and her husband works in Pst Tino’s church as well (another church in Baseco)

BABY

Baby boy is 7months old a baby boy called Rowan

PREGNANCY AND DELIVERY

She went to Fabella for her pregnancy, all tests good.

Delivery went well

She had a ligation before she left

POST NATAL

The baby was fully breastfed for 6 months, he was put on the bottle as she had to go back to work as there was not enough income.

Baby has had all immunizations.

ROLINA MUNDA

   

FAMILY HISTORY

Rolina has a sad story, one of the many kinds of hardships  faced by the women of Baseco.

She has 4 children we sponsored her last pregnancy.

She has separated from her husband, who provides her with no money.

She now lives with her parents.

Rolina must work full time to support her children, she works very hard. She is what is considered a good mother, not lazy. She makes and sells  sweet rice with her parents.

This story of hardship has an impact on children, the baby we sponsored at the time we interviewed her was 6months old. He was not living with Rolina, due to her circumstances she had to give her baby boy John Paul to her sister in the province, who cares for him fulltime (this is a common practice in Manila). When time and money  permit she visits him and her sister visits Baseco with the baby.

But the reality is they are separated

Responsibility drives Rolina to give up her baby, but she cried as I prayed for her. This is not what she wants.

Hundreds an hundreds of women face the same hardships. Rolina is perhaps one of the lucky ones, she has supportive parents, who have work for her, she has a kind sister who is able to take the baby. Many women do not!

Such is the harsh world of an Urban slum!

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

Rolina’s pregnancy was good

She went to Fabella, she also had an ultrasound (which we provided)

POSTNATAL

The baby had some problems at checkup. From what we could make out he had something like a cleft palate and we think the epiglottis was not formed. He has to have an operation later.

He was breastfed whilst still in Baseco!


SHERLY LOMOTOS

   

BABY

Sherly had a a Baby Girl- Ruby Anne

She is 10 months old in the picture (Born in May 2011)

Ruby Anne is an extremely chubby and BIG baby by Baseco standards

She is much bigger than the other baby we looked at who was the same age (and that baby was very healthy too)

FAMILY HISTORY

This is Sherly’s 4th child

Her husband is a pedicab driver, so earns about 2-3 dollars Australian on a GOOD day!

Above there is a photograph of Sherly’s modest but neat and tidy house

One room, outside bathroom, laundry and kitchen

The next door neighbour’s house is only about 4 feet away, she lives in a very congested part of Block 15

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

She attended Fabella for all of her checkups

All of her tests and ultrasounds were fine with no problems

She had a good pregnancy

She delivered at Fabella , there was no problems during the delivery also

Before she left Fabella she had a Tubal ligation

POST-NATAL

Ruby Anne is fully breatsfed

Her immunizations are complete

Very happy mother and baby!

JOSEPHINE LANGUINSAY

This lady was involved with the programme but has left Baseco indefinitely

EMILY DUPULAG

Also Emily used the programme and has since left Baseco, without notice. This is quite common in the slums. People come and go.

EDITHA AGILLO

   

FAMILY HISTORY

She has 3 other children

Husband is a fish delivery man (tahong and crabs)

BABY

Her baby girl Judith is 5 months old

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH

She went to Fabella for all checkups, they were all good

She had no time to get there for the birth so used a Hilot (not ideal and we do not pay for it)

Fortunately the delivery went ok

POST NATAL

The baby is fully breastfed

She has been to all  of the babies checkups

FAMILY PLANNING

She is on Injectable contraceptive.

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