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Kids Making a Difference

Sammy is only 5 going on 6 but is making a difference to the lives of 2 babies in the slum of Manila

She worked extremely hard making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and sold them at a Fair in The Barossa Valley she raised enough for 2 births making a difference to 2 Mothers and Babies in The Philippines . Well done Sammy!

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Here are your 2 mums, one of them has had their baby and was sick in hospital so your sponsorship has blessed this family in a time of great need!

EVALYN CELEBRAN/ RADO

BACKGROUND
Evalyn lives in an area in Baseco called Gasungang. She has a partner husband who is a Labourer and they live with their Mother-In-Law.
She is 21 and this is her first baby

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
She had a good pregnancy
All testing and scans good
Good birth

BABY
Baby boy Galvin was born on June 13th 2016
He was 9lb and healthy
He is having all immunisations
She breastfed the baby and now is working so the Mother-In-Law is caring for the baby so they are bottle and breastfeeding him.

 

MARY-JOY VILLAGONZALO/RELESO

BACKGROUND

Mary-Joy lives in a part of Baseco called Aplaya, this is very close to the sea and often floods, the area was recently underwater in a typhoon and the water was up to Pastora Marivic’s waist, when she visited the area the women were sitting on top of the rooves or on top of plastic boxes with their belongings in.

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
As far as we know the pregnancy went well for Mary-Joy as we had limited conversation with her, but her pregnancy was fine.
This baby was actually born at Home (which is not ideal and not what we advocate but it does happen, but as soon as he was born they took him to the Baseco Health Centre who checked him and gave him injections and newborn screening. See Mark’s Blog for details HERE


BABY
Baby was born on the 4th June 2016
His name is Prince Kian
He was 9.8lb and very healthy
She was breastfeeding him
He then developed a serious Chest infection and was admitted into The Gat Andreas Hospital on the 29th of August with BPM (Bronchial Pneumonia)
We visited him in The Gat soon after that and he was getting better slowly.

 

The most important thing is that sponsorship allows these parents to buy medicine and travel to and fro to the hospital, that is extremely important as every single swab and injection costs in The Philippines. So without Sponsorship this baby and his family would have had a big struggle to pay.

Thanks Sammy for your sponsorship, you really really made a difference.
Love Aunty  Cath

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“Illegal Abortions” Reality Check

Over the past 5 years Ps Mark, Christine and I have seen various and shocking incedents of illegal abortions in Baseco, we have seen suspected failed abortions and babies have been born with extreme and sometimes life threatning disfigurements and sicknesses. We have met ladies unable to concieve probably due to botched abortions…. we have heard stories and grieved over this very thing.

This determines us once again to persist in BBB and make a change, give women and girls an option to control their fertility, educate them to understand their bodies and to help them to stay in school as long as possible. To help them understand God has a plan for them and a hope and future.

We are determined to make a change.

This video is excellent but is graffic in areas. But reality.

Ponder these things and they will make you want to make a difference

Cathy

Birth Highlights for Lighthouse

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

Thanks Lighthouse

Cathy, Mark and Chris   xxx

Day to Day

In Baseco there are so many young mothers the Team find themselves constantly Mothering these young mums

Often they are alone and scared, they have left their home in the Province or parents and have no support and find themselves with a baby in a strange world! Just  like this sweet mum Christine helped this year.

She was not a Birthing Better Baby mum but she was young alone and inexperienced with a new baby. The baby was struggling to feed and she just needed some support.

She just needed some mothering. It does not take much to love and listen. The women on the ground in Baseco are constantly being a mother to the motherless.

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Our quote really fits into this situation…..

“Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” — Charlotte Gray

Providing an ear and a spiritual shoulder to lean on goes a long way in Baseco

Desiree Robles

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This is what we do on a day to day basis.

Freely given to whoever comes.

Cath

 

Special Babies for a Special Family

We have some exciting new births for the inspiring Secomb family who have sponsored so far 3 babies and a 4th is coming!

How exciting to see a family sacrificing for gorgeous babies in Baseco!

Here are your Births (there are some changes so stay tuned)

CHRISTINE REYES

Celestina Reyes

History and Background

  • 30 years old
  • Already has 2 year old twins but unfortunately one of the twin boys died in July from  pneumonia. Very sad and tough life for Babies and their mothers in Baseco.
  • Her husband is a labourer on a very small wage
  • She came to us when she was already 8 months pregnant

Pregnancy and Labour

  • She had all ultrasounds, XRays and transport to and from hospital
  • She also had all vaccinations and tests required
  • She delivered a baby girl on the 21st June 2014 her name is Mika Reyes
  • Baby was 8lb 2 oz (great weight)
  • She did need medicines which we paid for
  • She is fully breastfeeding
  • Did not want ligation but will discuss contraception at a later date

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This is a gorgeous photo of her in front of her house with a beautiful quilt made by one of the Barossa Valley Grandmothers (Barb Granzion)

Mika is a healthy chubby and happy baby! Christine looks happy as well!

Thanks Secombs!

ENALY BABATIO

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History and Background

  • Enaly is one of our very young teen pregnancies
  • This is her first pregnancy she has no husband or boyfriend and is a single mum.
  • She came to us at 4 months pregnant
  • She does not work but lives with family

Pregnancy and Birth

  • She had a good pregnancy,  with all screenings and ultrasounds successful
  • Gave birth to a boy Kenjie Babatio on the 16th August 2014
  • 3.9 kgs
  • He has had all injections and screenings
  • We also paid for a Birth Certificate
  • She is fully breastfeeding him

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He is safe in the arms of his family,  very important with girls like this. Without a supportive family she will not be able to work and provide for her child!

VICKY  PRENSICA

Note this lady replaced your previous Mum,  Lindy Estrada….

Baseco has such a transient population many times we start a sponsorship and the mother simply disappears. We are not sure what happens to them, sometimes they are moved back to the province (the country) to their grandparents, sometimes they shift quickly and cannot tell us. Either way we start again with a new mum!

I actually do not have a photo of the mum in this instance but I do have a baby photo

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Background and History

  • Older mum married in a stable relationship
  • This is the mum’s 5th baby, so she was very experienced

Pregnancy and Birth

  • Had all tests and ultrasounds all were successful
  • Baby boy Joven was born on the 24th September 2014
  • He was 3.5kg
  • He had all new born screening
  • Joven is healthy and chubby
  • He is fully breastfed

Thanks so much to Miss S and The Secombs.

You are a blessing to me and Birthing Better Babies

Each of these beautiful babies will start life better because you all DID something! Well done! You have made a difference, when I get to Baseco I will give these babies a kiss from you!

Hugs Cathy

New Year Births

Mary Rose Tenado is sponsored by Gina Tapia

Mary Rose is 21 years, she was found when she was 8 months pregnant.

Her husband Joseph is a tricycle driver who was treated by Jn 14:12 for a hand injury in 2013

She was tested for all things and had a good pregnancy

Her baby Atilia Rose she was born on the 31st of July and weighed 6 1/2 pounds, her labour was difficult so the first few weeks were tough found it difficult to bond and breastfeed.

However she has since improved and her and baby are doing well!

Changing the world one birth at a time !

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New Babies

Jade Oliver

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Some new babies!!

Above is Jade Oliver and her baby

Below is Realyn Padilla sponsered by the Lighthouse ladies and wrapped in a gorgeous quilt that the Barossa New Life Ladies and our beloved Barb stitched with love!

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Really Padilla

Below is Siony Baldon with a gorgeous  little man!

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And Renalyn Peralta with yet another gorgeous plastic backed quilt from the ladies at BNLC!!

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Lovely news!

Cath