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Birth Models That Work$
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Robbie Davis-Floyd, Lesley Barclay, and Jan Tritten

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248632

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248632.001.0001

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Mercy in Action: Bringing Mother- and Baby-Friendly Birth Centers to the Philippines

Mercy in Action: Bringing Mother- and Baby-Friendly Birth Centers to the Philippines

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(p.337) Chapter 12 Mercy in Action: Bringing Mother- and Baby-Friendly Birth Centers to the Philippines
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Birth Models That Work
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Vicki Penwell

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520248632.003.0013

In light of the great tragedy involving pregnant women and infants, and in light of the global shortage of trained midwives as reported by WHO, this chapter conceives the idea of establishing teaching birth centers offering no-cost care in low-resource areas in the Philippines. Mercy in Action, Inc., is a charitable, nonprofit organization that establishes, funds, and operates birth centers and medical missions, and trains other midwives to do the same all over the world. The chapter discusses the model developed to operate birth centers in the Philippines, in which midwifery students could get their training while their tuition funds the operation of the center, providing a symbiotic situation wherein midwifery care can be given at no charge to the pregnant women. The mission of the midwives of Mercy in Action is to reduce maternal and infant risk, and to protect and defend the dignity of women, by demonstrating Christ's love, compassion, and mercy in action.

Keywords:   Mercy in Action, midwives, medical missions, birth centers, infant risk

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