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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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:



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           today’s topic was “Disaster Preparedness” in our Cross-Cultural Maternal/Child Health Care & Disaster Preparedness Training: Making a Real Difference in the Developing World.  Vicki shared her story of sinking in the Philippines Sea in 2006, and I was reminded of just how impacting that was on our families during a season for Mercy In Action which was already pretty chaotic. As her son, I still feel a deep stirring over the texted words Sinking. I love you. This singular communication was sent to my father and was the last that those of us on land knew of Vicki’s situation for the next 8 or so hours. 

I highly suggest you give it a read; full story here


          the first week of training has come and gone and students have expressed both appreciation and astonishment over the information they are learning. The reality of poverty is a sobering one and it would be unnatural to look at situations of injustice and not feel inadequate to act. Actually, this is a good realization. We truly are inadequate to meet the need ourselves. The problems are so much bigger than any one of us....but one by one, we can work together to build the momentum necessary to make a real difference. 


one... by one... by one



here are some examples of the materials we covered this week