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….
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!
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.
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
Last week in the Western world we saw the birth of a Monarch, celebrated and anticipated…….shouted from the rooftops, the skies and even the waterfalls!!
it was marvellous to see Princess Kate show off her sweet newborn babe and her still extended belly after her natural birth, no shame or excuse….beautiful!
She and her husband Prince William expressed such emotion at the time! It is natural, it is beautiful!
It struck me that motherhood is the great equalizer……from the slum in Baseco to the African plains, to the Eskimo in the freezing environs.
The feeling of joy and anticipation, the hormonal flow and bonding after birth between babe, mother and father are universal. From the rich to the poor, we are still connected with the bond of motherhood!
Most of our babies are born unheralded, without fanfare and worldwide acclaim, nevertheless these babies are just as important, valued and anticipated, called and destined by God. Kate will now understand that in a way we all share!
Mothers understand one thing, each other!
“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
Just a thought
Grace Garcia has been sponsored by BBB through the amazing efforts of the women from Lighthouse Church
Her story is one of incredible hardship and courage
When Mark found Grace she was 37 years old, had 7 children with another on the way (8 months pregnant)
Her story reflects the brutality of life in an Urban Slum
Her husband was a scavenger, who day by day actually made his living searching and finding junk in the rubbish that could be sold or used. they obviously were very poor, in fact probably one of the poorest types of people in Baseco.
A week before Mark found her, her husband was doing his normal work scavenging and an argument developed over rubbish. He was shot in the head and died instantly, the shooter was not caught. in fact the police probably did not try all that hard as he was merely a scavenger!
He left behind 7 children and a pregnant wife Grace,
Imagine if that happened to one of our sisters, or church members?
On top of this overwhelming tragedy, Grace’s house was flooded and then was smashed up by a storm that raged in Baseco one night. No husband, no money, no protection and 8 months pregnant, with 7 kids to look after as well.
I think you would want to curl up and die! Really!
However, God knew she needed help and miraculously Mark found her, helped her, rebuilt her house, supplied her with relief food and sponsored her Birth………….that is really what it is about, helping the widowed, the orphaned and the poor! Read here on Mark’s blog for the full story
Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
I think Grace’s life has been touched by God, she will never be the same again! No wonder she smiles!
What a great thought as we launch into Christmas
I have always admired Audrey’s poise and dignity
She is a woman of worth!
Let there be more women of influence like her in the world!
For attractive lips, speak words of kindness. For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people. For a slim figure, share your food with the hungry. For beautiful hair, let a child run his/her fingers through it once a day. For poise, walk with the knowledge that you never walk alone. People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone. Remember, if you ever need a helping hand, you will find one at the end of each of your arms. As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands;
One for helping yourself, and the other for helping others. –
~ Audrey Hepburn
Statistics do not lie.
This is the reality our BBB sisters face everyday
These are just some of the reasons we do what we do!
Every day, 10 women in the Philippines die while giving birth, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). Nearly half of the pregnancies are unintended and many of the deaths could be prevented by providing access to reproductive healthcare, skilled birth attendants and emergency obstetric services. The Guttmacher Institute, a non-profit organisation which aims to promote sexual health, estimates that the provision of modern contraceptives alone would avert 2,100 maternal deaths each year.Manini Sheker
guardian.co.uk, Wednesday 23 November 2011 01.00 GMT
Every woman needs to be attended in birth by Skilled Birth Attendants (SBA) whether they are poor or rich.
Source: Macro International Inc, 2011. MEASURE DHS STATcompiler.
http://www.measuredhs.com, June 14 2011.
Each day in Baseco woman die for the lack of SBA’s!
Each sponsorship has an impact, each sponsorship gives a mother and child a better chance at life and a better future with organised Family Planning.
No wonder our kids are smiling!
We are making a difference in one of the poorest areas Baseco!
One baby at a time!
Poverty is like punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. ~Eli Khamarov, Lives of the Cognoscenti