This is our family operated, Non-Profit Organization, Mercy In Action

which focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. We have been establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992, and to date more than 12,000 babies have been delivered free of charge for the poorest of the poor in Mercy In Action's Birth Centers, and literally tens of thousands of lives have been helped and healed in the medical outreaches

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Updates to come...

     Ian and Rose Penwell (who are responsible for updating this website) have been in Boise, Idaho since August. They are teaching the Mercy In Action Midwifery Academic School and have been very busy.

Schedules will slow down soon and updates will follow. There have been many developments in the last few months that we will enjoy sharing with you.

Thank you











One Day's Wages Cubo Grant 

  You know the feeling that comes from spending your time, energy and resources on something you really believe in? It's a good feeling... You know what it feels like when someone else believes in what you are doing too? That's a great feeling

One Day's Wages has partnered with Mercy in Action to build our Maternity Waiting Homes

We've been awarded a grant from One Day's Wages for the amount of $10,000 to build native-material houses (Cubos) which will be used by the Aeta women before and after they give birth

This is an integral element to our strategy to reduce maternal/newborn mortality in this under-served area of the Philippines. Women will be able to stay in the Cubos for several weeks prior to their delivery. The mountain trails from the Aeta villages can be treacherous and are a major barrier to women receiving care when they go into labor. Providing temporary housing will encourage more women to seek our care while also allowing us to ensure that the women who come to us receive highly nutritious meals in preparation for birth, improving their own health and that of their baby

The Cubos will also be used as a restful place for mothers and babies to recover for a few days after delivery, providing us a chance to encourage breastfeeding and bonding, as well as monitor for any possible complications during the most critical timeframe

As always, all of the care we provide is completely free. There will be no fee for the use of these Cubos, nor for the care received in our clinics

Thank you to One Day's Wages for believing in our work and joining with us toward safe motherhood and safe childhood; one good birth at a time















Benefit Party - Boise, ID - August 20

Join us August 20th for a benefit to raise funds for Mercy in Action. Held at Women of Steel Art Gallery in Boise, Idaho. There will be music, door prizes, silent auctions, appetizers, and a free glass of wine with admission.

Proceeds will help purchase antibiotics, beds, sterile gloves, sutures, baby blankets, clean water, and a host of other supplies for the families that Mercy in Action serves every day.

Thank you to our sponsors; Women of Steel, Pathway Covenant Church, Renewed Expressions, Other Mothers, Threads of Hope, Threads, StyleSpyGirl, and Chris Reeve Knives.

Thank you also to Tanya Carnahan for planning and orchestrating this event, and Dale & Valerie Davenport for creating the webpage:




Midwifery Volunteerism in Developing Countries

 Classes are filling up fast. The next trainings will be in Boise and Portland this August and focus on the advanced skills midwives can acquire to meet the health needs of women and newborns who must give birth in situations of extreme poverty (which is the majority of women and newborn in the world, by the way). Many people may not see it from where they live, but if we can move ourselves enough to look outside our own doors and past our own walls, we will realize that the current condition of the world IS poverty. As midwives shouldn't we be prepared to assist and protect childbirth wherever we are most needed? World Health Organization thinks so; they have been issuing pleas for more midwives trained to deal with the needs of women in developing nations for years.

 This August's class will address current research and practice recommendations from WHO, UNICEF, UNFPA, USAID, and other leading institutes of global health


See the below brochure for information on the upcoming seminar, or visit this website for complete information on all classes:




Mid-Pacific Conference on Birth and Primal Health Research

  Need an excuse to visit Hawaii? Come see Vicki Penwell speak on the the issues surrounding midwifery care for low-income populations; along with many other brilliant minds in World Health. Hosted by Michel O'dent