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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!


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




“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


Insight Into My Mother’s World…

Here is a link to a BBC video that takes you inside Fabella one of the Hospitals our mothers use.


BBC Philippines Maternity Care

This gives you an understanding why it is better to build a fence at  the top of the hill rather than an Ambulance at the bottom!

These women need Education

They need access to safe Birth Control

These things literally save lives in a developing nation

I have walked these halls, overwhelmed and shocked at the amount of people and babies.

This is reality in The Philippines


On a dirt floor in a slum.

Interesting choice!


Eye Opening Philippino Statistics

PHILIPPINE’S QUICK STATSIndicator 1993 1998 2003 2008
Percentage of women with no education 2.1 1.5 1.4 1.2
Percentage of women with access to newspaper, television and radio 58.2 48.5 36.8 23.5
Total fertility rate (children per women) 3.7 3.5 3.3
Percentage of teenagers who have begun childbearing 7.2 8.0 9.9
Percentage of married women currently using any method of family planning 40.0 47.8 48.9 50.7
Percentage of married women currently using any modern method of family planning 24.9 28.2 33.4 34.0
Median age at first marriage for women age 25-49 (years) 21.6 22.1 22.0 22.2
Median age at first sex for women age 25-49 (years) 21.8 22.1 21.9 21.5
Percentage of married women who want no more children 62.8 61.9 61.2 62.7
Percentage of married women with an unmet need for family planning 25.9 18.8 17.3 22.3
Mean ideal number of children 3.2 3.2 3.0 2.8
Infant mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 35.1 28.7 24.9
Under-five mortality rate (per 1,000 live births) 48.4 39.9 33.5
Percentage of live births receiving antenatal care from a trained health professional 83.1 85.7 87.6 91.1
Percentage of live births delivered at a health facility 28.3 34.2 37.9 44.2
Percentage of live births receiving assistance at delivery from a trained health professional 52.8 56.4 59.8 98.6
Percentage of children fully immunized 71.5 72.8 69.8 79.5
Percentage of children with acute respiratory infection or fever taken to a health facility 51.3 57.9 54.8 49.8
Percentage of children with diarrhea who received either ORS or RHS 49.5 44.7 57.6 58.6
Median exclusive breastfeeding duration (months) 1.0 2.1 2.6 2.6
This information is sourced from Measure DHS
“Quality Information to plan monitor and improve population Health and Nutrition Programmes”
Certainly some very interesting facts worth considering and examining as we implement and evaluate BBB.

UNICEF…..Undeniable Facts on Undernutrition

Here are just some profound FACTS by Unicef about the correlation of malnutrition in the womb with infant and child health, mortality and intelligence…….and 90% of these instances occur in Africa or Asia.

Note…..The baby pictured below Chris and I “discovered” on my recent trip to Baseco…..just when we thought it had improved we are confronted again and again but babes like this, these following UNICEF facts just consolidate and confirm our zeal to change these wee ones start in life and hopefully their destiny, one life at a time!

Maternal undernutrition affects a woman’s chances of
surviving pregnancy as well as her child’s health. Women
who were stunted as girls, whose nutritional status was
poor when they conceived or who didn’t gain enough
weight during pregnancy may deliver babies with low
birthweight. These infants in turn may never recoup from
their early disadvantage. Like other undernourished
children, they may be susceptible to infectious disease and
death, and as adults they may face a higher risk of chronic
illness such as heart disease and diabetes. Thus the health
of the child is inextricably linked to the health of the mother.

Undernutrition in children under age 2 diminishes the
ability of children to learn and earn throughout their lives.
Nutritional deprivation leaves children tired and weak, and
lowers their IQs, so they perform poorly in school. As adults
they are less productive and earn less than their healthy
peers. The cycle of undernutrition and poverty thereby
repeats itself, generation after generation.

Exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and
continued breastfeeding together with appropriate foods
can have a major impact on children’s survival, growth
and development. Adding vitamin A to the diet, to boost
resistance to disease, and zinc, to treat diarrhoea, can
further reduce child mortality.

Ensuring against iodine
and iron deficiencies improves lives and cognitive development.
Studies show iodine deficiency lowers IQ 13.5 points
on average.

Lack of attention to child and maternal nutrition today
will result in considerably higher costs tomorrow. With
more than 1 billion people suffering from malnutrition and
hunger, international leadership and urgent action are



Truth and Reality

Statistics do not lie.

This is the reality our BBB sisters face everyday

Source: World Health Organization, UNICEF, UNFPA and The World Bank,
“Trends in maternal mortality: 1990 to 2008”, Annex 1 & Appendix 14, 2010.

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!