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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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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

New Things…

When we visited Baseco and Don Boscoe in May we started a new initiative Body Awareness Classes. The main thrust of this programme was Teaching the girls about their body. We had about 40 girls attend. 20150502_140112

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We have been alarmed on numerous occasions by the simple lack of knowledge and sheer ignorance that girls and even child bearing women have….

Not that it is their fault, the doctors treat women as generally ignorant (which is unfortunately truth) but kept ignorant deliberately…

The teachers are embarrassed and very traditional in sex education classes, I have been told that the sex ed class consisted of simply chastisement if they do get pregnant. No knowledge, no information, no wisdom is imparted. Just embarrassment and confusion.

Many girls are too shy and confused to ask what is happening to their bodies and why.  Naturally they fall easily into situations that cause pregnancy and voilà a baby!

SO

Armed with some basic props and some great interpreters we began to tackle some priority issues including

 

  • Teaching them about their bits,  what is actually inside them
  • Teaching them the proper names for their organs, naming = power
  • Teaching the girls HOW a baby is concieved
  • Boys body parts and how they are made to make babies
  • Why they have periods
  • How a baby is born
  • How to stop babies being born, good decisions, personal safety, marriage, life partners.
  • Focusing on education, those who stay in school are less likely to have early pregnancies.

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It was a great success, the girls were animated, engaged and some even asked questions and became vocal about their body and what was evolving in them……

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Yes a drop in the ocean, but if we can prevent one girl having one baby too early  we have won.

BBB can make a difference one girl at a time

This generation will be better off than the last!

I am defiant. Well God and I 🙂

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Cath

 

 

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

 

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!

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

Empowering Kids to Give

Over the past year we have seen over 6 births sponsored by kids and kids groups in Australia.

I will be posting about some of these success stories soon.

What an absolute encouragement to see children excited to give and raise money for babies in other nations. These kids have a lasting impact on the children in a developing nation!

How did they do it?

Up Kids Club in South Australia raised money simply by collecting recyclable cans and bottle for a term, they raised enough money for nearly 2 births!

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The church now has a permanent recycling bin which pours money into BBBabies.  The power we have to give is simply in our perspective. Finding money is not hard when we look!

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We have another family who have just raised enough money for 4 births…. two births were raised totally by Miss S (then 8 years old)  ALONE! She sold toys, clothes and baked for her Babies!

Sometimes it is  a matter of perspective, sometimes it is opening the door to kids and empowering them to give and be generous. As adults it is a gift we can give our kids!

Be challenged as you lead the next generation of leaders

Let’s make this world a world of diversity and colour, compassion and grace. A world where we share resources and poverty is challenged!

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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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