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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

 

 

 

Too Soon Too Young

Please look at these faces

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All these beautiful girls are 19 years and under

The youngest is a 13 year old.

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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.

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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.

Updated New Births for Melody

MATILDE ABITONA

Matilde Abitona

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Background and History

  • I have known Matilde for years now, she has belonged to our Gasungun fellowship and church for years
  • She attended every single one of my Birthing classes originally in 2009
  • She is 34 years old
  • She has 4 children this is her 5th
  • Her husband Leo is a carpenter and is 38 years old
  • Their children are well cared for and loved
  • She is 3 months pregnant in this photo

Pregnancy and Birth

  • Matilde had a good pregnancy and when we visited her 2 weeks before her bay was born she was well, albeit uncomfortable!
  • The baby was in a good position and we all hoped she was going to have the baby when we were in Baseco, but it was not to be
  • Her baby girl was born on Friday the 15th of May weighing a hefty 9lb
  • Ps Marivic had the honour of naming her and named her Aleah
  • She is fat and healthy and Matilde is breastfeeding her.
  • This week she attended clinic to get testing and screening of the baby.
  • She was also given a Kit from Days for Girls and says they were very comfortable and loves them!
  • Very successful BBB

Here are some more photos! Beautiful healthy baby.

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JENNY ROSE PUTABUNAN

Jenny Rose 3mths

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History and Background

  • 21 years old
  • Has two other children
  • Has a husband Edison 22 years old who is a sidecar driver
  • This means they are on a very low income

Pregnancy and Delivery

  • This was a very exciting birth for BBB, we were actually there the day after her baby was born able to give her a postnatal check up and supply her with a postnatal Days for Girls Kit which she loved!
  • Her baby was a good size unable to get details as she delivered at home in a very quick manner
  • Her baby boy was born on Monday 4th of May
  • As with a lot of multiple deliveries she did not even realise she was in labour and was in too quick to move
  • Her husband gave me the honour of naming the baby…I called Him Joshua after my oldest Son! Why not he turned out great!
  • We visited with a Midwife on the BBB team who examined her and the baby and was very happy with her progress
  • Her husband is very supportive and is looking after the other children well.
  • He is also cooking and cleaning which apparently is a big thing!

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Tiny house, separated by a thin wall from their InLaws, but an extremely neat and tidy clean little house.

Great family .

We also delivered a handmade Barossa quilt to this lovely mum!

Baseco 2015

This is an exciting time in the Birthing Better Babies World

This year in April I am going to Baseco with Australian  midwives from Impact Erina Church, this presents the BBB team with a greater and wider opportunity to touch and bless the local community with reaching skills much wider than my own. Very exciting but at the same time challenging.

It has been interesting though, throughout the past two years I have found my heart leaning heavily toward the word PREVENTION….

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Prevention rather than cure! Birthing Better Babies is a cure, albeit a worthwhile one, it is a cure to an essential problem which can be whittled down to a few basic facts which are prevalent in Baseco …

  • Unplanned pregnancies for women
  • Multiple pregnancies and fear of contraception
  • Teens getting pregnant
  • Lack of education for women in general
  • General body ignorance

So with more man/woman power we can now tackle at least some of this problem. Every ounce of time we spend educating the next generation will eventually have an impact on the babies they create.This will be our focus.

Even the interpreters we use are young impressionable girls who will hear the message of health, awareness, education advantages and sexual health over and over again! They will speak it and eventually they will become it! They in turn will teach their children a better way and the level will slowly begin to rise, the tide will begin to turn!

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So as we travel to Baseco this year we are armed with tools that will open doors of communication for this kind of communication. I have found most of my most impacting times have been one on one with women, door to door sitting in women’s houses and speaking as sisters Days for Girls Kits are a perfect tool to open these conversations as well as bless them with a great resource.

Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. We help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits, by partnering with nonprofits, groups and organizations, by raising awareness, and by helping  communities around the world start their own programs.

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These kits will allow us to speak to women and girls and share on principles of

  • Body awareness and correct terms for body parts
  • Hygiene and germs
  • Body respect
  • Schooling and advantages of
  • Sex Education

We will also take part in a General Body Awareness Day with the Youth of the areas and churches, focusing on

  • Finding out what they actually know
  • Body parts and correct names
  • How are babies conceived
  • How can we prevent pregnancy

With these tools we can begin to build a fence of protection around the top of the cliff rather than an ambulance waiting at the bottom.

So pray as we prepare to go. I am sure we will all be challenged and stretched. But above all pray for the women and the girls we speak to that we will make a difference that they will be open to hear!

Thanks and Blessings

Cathy

One way you can help……

Mark just posted a brilliant article on the effect of vitamin deprivation in babies in the womb. It is a well documented fact that ample vitamins and minerals are  linked to higher IQ, of course good general health and flourishing babies and  lots lots more.

BBBabies are constantly on the prowl for Pregnancy and Breastfeeding Vitamins, we find that the Aussie gear is supremely better than the Vitamins we can source in the Philippines.Copyright (c) <a href='http://www.123rf.com'>123RF Stock Photos</a>

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We use any brand, we also use low date and have even used slightly out of date tablets as they are without a doubt BETTER than what we are able to source locally. Whole or half bottles work too, I remember only using half of my vitamins when I was pregnant. Chat to me either way……as long as postage does not make it uneconomical it may be an option.

We have seen first hand how the babies in Baseco who have access to vitamins are bigger at birth, chubby as they get older, they are alert and much much happier than their baby friends who do not get any at all. They are alert and awake at birth also, this would add to a better breastfeeding outcome…….so many babies have no strength to suck as they are born malnourished rather than NOURISHED and content, ready for a vigorous first and subsequent feeds!

So if you are looking for a away to help this may be another way you can help us

Pray and ask God

More soon

Cathy

Women and Baby Updates

I have updated some of my ladies stories and new mums we are sponsoring………

Updates include

Genelyn sponsored by the Gunn family……

Here is the link to Genelyn’s Baby

Gina who is sponsored by the ladies from Keep Hope Alive

Here is the link to Gina’s Story

Juliet is sponsored by the Ladies from Keep Hope Alive

Here is the link to Juliet’s Pregnancy

I have even added a photo of our pioneer baby Maria Faith as I cuddled her in Baseco, testimony to the remarkable difference some time, care and funds can make

Here  is the link to Cherri and Maria’s Story

I have some great stories, pregnancies and births to share still, so stay in touch!!

I have tried to fill in lots of life details in these women’s stories so you can really get a picture of life for these resilient, remarkable women, mothers, wives and girls  living in an urban slum……they are truly inspiring!

Visiting Baseco Oct 2010

Just letting you all know I am leaving in a week for a trip with the family to the UK and Scotland mainly, but then I am visiting Manila and our beloved Baseco and our sweet sweet Babies…..and mothers (of course!!).  I will be there for 3 weeks! I cannot wait either!

I describe them as our Baseco babies with an Aussie kiss on their foreheads……. from their Aussie mum’s……..

So stay tuned for a heap more photos and progress reports as I want to see ALL of our babies and precious mum’s which number 13 now!! that is more than one a month so far, what an amazing begining………

I think i am blessed having the opportunity to see these precious ones, what a job!!!

Meet Our First BBB Pregnancy – Cherry

I have just posted the first details on our first woman to be Sponsored by BBB Cherry…………..I just think it is so exciting I am posting it here too

In future all I will register and post all sponsored ladies under that section/tab so anyone who has sponsored a women can see the progress and hopefully even the baby!!

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For now I am very pleased to introduce you to Cherry a special pregnant friend

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This is our very first Sponsored women Cherry, she is one of Jn 14:12’s leaders in the church, she is really acting as a pilot woman for us, as we make sure the money we have provided is sufficient, and ironing out distributing bugs etc

This is a photo of her with her gorgeous daughter Diane who is around two years old, and keeps Cherry very busy she is active and wanders around and moves very quickly….I remember many times running after her and around corners…..she is fast!!!

You can imagine that Cherry would be tired as she carries a new little babe!

Cherry is married to Dan Dan and has another daughter Danielle who is about 4 years old.

She has actually had four pregnancies but only two children have survived, this is the tough life this women must face continually in Baseco, death becomes second nature as babies simply may not survive. Hopefully with this pregnancy things will fare better and she will find the support that she has not had previously.

She is about 6 months pregnant now and will be due in May sometime……

Pray for her she is a beautiful Christian and loves Jesus…..she is Pastor Annie’s sister too!!!!

Ohhh and pray for her because she does NOT like injections!!! In hospital she will have a few for tetnus etc