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One Mother’s Story Of Giving Birth in a Hospital Instead of At Home

Merida, Philippines – I met Jocelyn Pingos, 27, in Merida, Leyte on a bright, sunny tropical day in the Philippines. A mother of four, Jocelyn sat outside her local health center and waited patiently to have her youngest, Lenith, 10 months, looked at because of a nagging cough. Her second youngest, Jelenia, 3, was also with her. Jocelyn’s other children who are 9 and 6 were attending school.

When Jocelyn delivered Lenith earlier this year, she and her husband decided that she should have a tubal ligation two months after her delivery.

“I have no plans to have any more children,” Jocelyn said.

Lenith

Jocelyn delivered her two youngest, Jelenia and Lenith, at the local hospital. Her two oldest were delivered at home. “For the first two, the midwife came to my home,” Jocelyn remembered. “The midwife wasn’t available for the last two.”

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Why We’re Headed to the Philippines With World Vision USA

On November 8, the world will recognize the one-year anniversary of Typhoon Haiyan, the superstorm that devastated much of the Philippines and claimed 6,300 lives. 1000 people are still reported missing.

It’s difficult to believe that it has already been a year since we were stunned by the horrific photos that raced across the wires of bloated bodies lining the streets, people sitting listless in the middle of rubble, and a huge ship in the middle of Tacloban City. While Haiyan is the strongest typhoon to hit the Philippines, the 7100 islands country experiences 19 typhoons every year.

Next Monday I will head to the Philippines along with Social Good Mom and Global Team of 200 member Jeana Shandraw with our partner  World Vision USA to see their recovery work on the ground since Haiyan hit the islands last year. We will see devastated areas that are a part of a “no build’ zone, community savings groups that have helped families rebuild, child trafficking protection programs funded by USAID, health centers, and area development programs. On November 8 we will attend a one-year anniversary vigil.

World Vision distributes food and hygiene kits to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Bantigui, Ormoc, on 26 November 2013
World Vision distributes food and hygiene kits to families affected by Typhoon Haiyan in Bantigui, Ormoc, on 26 November 2013

If you follow my work you know I travel often to see NGOs work on the ground. This will be my first time traveling with and seeing World Vision’s work and am interested to report on its recovery efforts in the Philippines.  To date, World Vision has reached 760,000 people with a goal of reaching 1 million beneficiaries. World Vision has also provided 51,000 temporary shelter kits and is working with the government to ensure homes are built in safer areas among a long list of recovery services it provides.

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24 Hours, 24 Moms, 24 Poignant Breastfeeding Stories #FirstHour

For 24 straight hours that started on Thursday, February 21 at 9 AM through Friday, February 22 at 9 AM members of the Global Team of 200 shared moving, intimate, personal breastfeeding stories on their blogs and spread the word about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies: How Overcoming Barriers Will Save Children’s Lives. As we wrote earlier this week, the report says 830,000 newborn lives can be saved if they are breastfeed during the critical first hour after being born.

Hour after hour new breastfeeding posts were added to a specially created microsite, Advocating for the First Hour, as a play on the #firsthour theme. A global effort, moms from the Philippines, Brazil, Indonesia, and Nigeria as well as here in the States participated. Even moms who were not a part of the original 24 moms slated to be featured during the 24 hours wrote their own breastfeeding post so their stories could be heard as well.

Through moms’ posts on their blog, social media, a Tumblr blog, and compelling video we shared poignant stories about breastfeeding  for 24 hours all the while spreading awareness about Save the Children’s new breastfeeding report.

Below are key tweets from the day along with our videos supporting the moms.

Intro and Recap Videos from the Day

Intro video about the campaign.

[youtube http://youtu.be/x13yfN5EVaA]


The first eight hours video

[youtube http://youtu.be/74d4PrJjpMw]


Hours 9 – 16

[youtube http://youtu.be/8UOSpYe_11s]


Hours 17 – 24

[youtube http://youtu.be/izEOU9bkOdY]

Read all of the breastfeeding posts at advocatingforthefirsthour.tumblr.com and take action to keep breastfeeding and nutrition on the global agenda at savethechildren.org/1000-days.