Baby #2000 !!

30 07 2016

This month we celebrated the 2000th baby born at our clinic!

For me, this was another signpost of how God keeps providing for us at Abundant Grace of God.

The mother who delivered with us had delivered her other two babies with us as well, so this was an especially joyous occasion.

Mother and baby were given a gift of a new baby bath full of newborn clothes and supplies.

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Welcome to the world baby Eduardo! We are so happy that you made your entrance at our clinic!

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We Help Babies Breath

2 06 2015

At Abundant Grace of God we take our job very seriously.

Every day we are faced with the job of keeping moms and babies safe throughout one of the most vulnerable times of both of their lives.

This May we had a visiting midwife (Sora Colvin) come to Tabuk and re-certify all the midwives and nurses in neonatal resuscitation. Most babies don’t need to be resuscitated at birth, but for the few that do, staying calm and knowing what to do saves lives.

Marivic and Jona practice what they are learning.

Marivic and Jona practice what they are learning.

Alex and Edolbina practice a scenario.

Alex and Edolbina practice a scenario.

Claire and May-Anne

Claire and May-Anne

In fact, just a few weeks after our training, we had a baby deliver at our clinic who needed extensive resuscitation after delivery. The midwives stayed calm and gave the baby the support that he needed. The midwives got him breathing on his own and after a short stay at Almora General Hospital under the care of our referring paediatrician this little baby is doing great. If this mother had decided to deliver at home on her own, or without adequately trained midwives, his story would have been very different.

We were also updated on emergency breech delivery and shoulder dystocia management.

B-lyn, Melody and Marivic practice resolving shoulder dystocia.

B-lyn, Melody and Marivic practice resolving shoulder dystocia.

Thank you for supporting the work that we do here in making sure that every mother and every baby has the best care possible.





I delivered at Abundant Grace of God because…

4 04 2015

I wanted to share some stories from our patients about why they are choosing to deliver at our clinic.

Anna*

“I was so glad that I delivered here at Abundant Grace of God [Bugnay site] because I felt safe and taken care of well by the staff. Especially that I had a hemorrhage when I gave birth before at [another location], I didn’t feel safe there because when I hemorrhaged it took them so long before they stopped the bleeding.”

Some of the mothers from the village of Buscalan share about their experiences at AGGMC.

Some of the mothers from the village of Buscalan share about their experiences at AGGMC.

One of the mothers from Buscalan (neighbouring villages) that delivered at our Bugnay site.

One of the mothers from Buscalan (neighbouring village) that delivered at our Bugnay site.

Mary*

“I chose [to deliver] here in Abundant Grace of God because the clinic is well ventilated, has very clean rooms and bathrooms and the employees are very kind to their patients, they treat them all equally. Also it is Philhealth accredited.”

*Mary shares at our Labor and Delivery seminar about her experience during the delivery of her first baby at AGGMC.

(*not real names)

We are so glad that the women of Kalinga are choosing to deliver at our clinic and that we have the opportunity to share God’s love with them in a practical way.

Labor and delivery is the time in a woman’s life where she can be the most vulnerable. Too often in the developing world the workers at local health facilities and hospitals use this time as an opportunity to shame the women and make them feel guilty.

The following is a quote from a fellow missionary working at a Birthing Home in Manila. She had the chance to talk with a senior medical student in regards to attitudes surrounding labouring women in the Philippines.

“What I learned was that birth is often seen as an opportunity to shame and frighten the woman giving birth: not because the exhausted, overworked health provider is mean or malicious, but because it is the time when a woman is at her most dependent and vulnerable, that one can instill such hatred for the process that she will not want to bear any more children. It is a time to make the mother feel badly for poor compliance of prenatal check-ups or for being seen as an eyesore to a society desperately trying to pull out of the “developing world” category.”

In contrast, we at AGGMC want women to feel empowered, loved, cared for and protected  during their deliveries.

Our vision is to “Share the Love of God with the families of Kalinga” and we sincerely pray that every woman that enters our facility will feel that they are loved, not only by us but also by their Heavenly Father.