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A Nation Leaning Into Change

I was a little surprised but thrilled when I saw a  newspaper when I was in Manila in September this year.

The headlines were remarkable.

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF NOT BREASTFEEDING
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From a country that allows Infant Formula advertisment to blazen boldly across their billboards and Televisions I was suitably impressed.

There were over 6 pages fully dedicated to Breasfeeding !

Also Philippine stars and VIPs supporting and advocating  breastfeeding both men and women!

Great links and advice, great images, even images showing breastfeeding TODDLERS.

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I know God has His eye on the Philippines and I am thrilled that He is stiring people even the famous ones to embrace truth, education and Him!

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There is a battle going on for the Children of this nation. I believe these are only prophetic steps in the right direction, it shows me that the Leaders and Influencers of the Nation are leaning into change, they also know it is up to them (Nationals) to bring true and lasting change NOT foreign missions and NGO’s the truth is change MUST eventually come from within.

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Am I doing myself out of a job? Absolutely

My desire is not to be needed.

Cath

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Educate Educate Educate

I often think about disasters in The Philippines….I have seen a BIG typhoon and the effects of them and frankly they are SCARY, imagine if you are heavily pregnant living through this ……so I think of our precious mums and their babies often…….

Facts are that babies are born early when disaster strikes, prem babies are common….but with some simple principles we can help educate our mum’s…this is a great article in Midwifery Today, simple but loads we can use! Kangaroo Care is simple but effective!

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Prematurity and Kangaroo Care during a Disaster

After Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda slammed into our central islands here in the Philippines last November, I saw a picture in the local paper of several newborn premature babies all wrapped in plastic bags and set on a counter in a broken-down chapel of a hospital. I knew in that instant that if only we could get down there to provide, and teach others to provide, good midwifery care, including the very simple and totally free concept of “kangaroo care” for the preemies, we could save many lives.

For many years, I have been teaching Disaster Preparedness and Response, which is no surprise since I live in a country with the most natural disasters of almost any…country. (The Philippines regularly is in the top three countries each year with the most natural disasters and the most deaths from natural disasters.) We have earthquakes, volcanoes, floods, mudslides, typhoons and super typhoons, and we have very little ability as a country to cope with, or mitigate, large-scale disasters, which was the case when the largest storm to ever make landfall occurred on November 8, 2013.

There are two things we know about disasters:

  1. Disasters tend to cause premature labors, due to the stress they put on pregnant women in the vicinity when the disaster strikes. This unfortunately creates a situation where premature births are happening under the worst of circumstances—during a typhoon, flood, blizzard, earthquake or an act of terrorism.
  2. Access to hospitals, NICUs and advanced medical care is often severely blocked, limited or totally destroyed in a natural or man-made disaster zone.

That’s the bad news.

The good news is that there are a few simple, easy solutions to this problem. It will require midwives all over the world, including in the US, to be prepared to address the problem of premature deliveries following any disaster.

Current best practice for prematurity, to prevent mortality and morbidity, dictates two things:

  1. We should try to prevent a baby being born with immature, under-developed lungs.
  2. We should care for any babies that are born premature with kangaroo care.

With regard to the first practice, at the recent Women Deliver Conference in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, we learned about new protocols for the use of antenatal corticosteroids for threatened preterm birth. USAID is advocating that all midwives and doctors use these corticosteroids if premature delivery seems inevitable, as they cause a premature infant’s lungs to produce surfactant, thereby helping to prevent death from respiratory distress caused by immature lungs.

Vicki Penwell
Excerpted from “Prematurity and Kangaroo Care during a Disaster,” Midwifery Today, Issue 111

 

 

 

Babies Having Babies

 

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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!

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Matilde: True Willingness To Learn

I have known this lady for nearly 5 years now…

She was one of my faithful attendees at my well attended and much loved Gasungan Birthing Classes many years ago.

She is a leader in this small fellowship and has been faithful .

I wrote a quote in the linked blog on Gasungan ladies and our ‘Tilde is a living example of a true learner

You don’t need fancy highbrow traditions or money to really learn. You just need people with the desire to better themselves.

Adam Cooper and Bill Collage, Accepted, 2006

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I just love this photo of her, relaxed feeding her big 9lb baby, we think that is a BBB record!  Very healthy little Aleah!

Sometimes I like to take a moment and smell the roses and rejoice in mothering with these ladies, the great equalizer and bond in the earth is birthing….we are all born through a mother and a father…..rich and poor, black or white, male or female, the lawyer and the pedicab driver we are all equal.

Birth proves it!

Selah Cathy

 

 

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

 

Is Nestle Helping?

I just wanted to post a slightly controversial post on the high profile company Nestle…..

Birthing Better Babies believes (along with the World Health Organisation I may add!) that babies should be breastfed for AT LEAST the first 6 months of life…………it not only gives the children a better chance of survival in developing nations but provides literally HUNDREDS of documented and proven benefits to the mother and child in all areas including health, development, nutrition, intelligence, weight and more.

Nestle is a multi national company, one where multitudes of breastfeeding supplements stem from. There is a very global movement which condemns Nestle for it’s stand of formula production, but especially condemns them for their ethics in promoting formula in developing nations…..where breastfeeding is essential not just important! Their ethics simply boil down to money, they pay to advertise and the nations who need the money succumb to the EASY buck temptation. It comes with a dreadful price though, see my post on Delilah this was a very typical case of malnourishment due to formula feeding…..or the lack of money to formula feed! There are other far more long term problems associated with formula feeding that I will not outline here but you can read in other places, there is a a Boycott Nestle Movement which is alive and well!

The latest “invention” and innovation from Nestle is below, literally an espresso machine for infant formula already released in Switzerland (which has a very low Breastfeeding Rate…..any surprise) it looks so appealing, clean and trendy to boot!

“A unique combination of nutrition innovation, high-tech machine technology and after-sales service.” (Their words not mine….)

“BabyNes is the world’s first comprehensive nutrition system for infants and toddlers, and is based on Nestlé’s latest scientific achievements in baby nutrition and systems technology.”

So basically it has made formula feeding quicker and easier than the breast????? One stop premeasured  formula, heating and voila your babies own Latte? By making formula feeding trendy and convenient we are putting at risk literally millions of children daily and yearly….

My prayer is that Nestle will only distribute to the Developed Nations in the world, where at least people have access to truth touted by Breastfeeding advocates, developing nations and communities like Baseco there is no hope if the Chinese make a quick copy of the technology………..

For my babies sake I hope they are WAY too expensive for my mums to even contemplate, but the Western Babies will suffer!

So sad!