8 February 2016

Motherhood as Vocation

From the Catholic News Agency,

Mothering can be a thankless job at times, especially when your baby is too young to hug you or even smile at you. When my babies were newborns (especially with Madeline since I didn’t know what I kind of return I’d get later on once she left what my husband and I refer to the “lump stage”), I sometimes felt like they were only handed over to me when they were crying. It was my job to pacify the infants while others (grandparents, my husband, friends) enjoyed holding them when they were content. Even in the later months Madeline, in particular, would sometimes nurse and nurse and nurse, and I sometimes felt “used.” Did this little leech only love me for my big, milky breasts?
Even as my kids grow older and “reward” me with hugs, kisses, handmade cards, handpicked flowers, “I love you, Mommy” and other statements that make my heart melt, there won’t be any report cards or a salary to validate my performance or worth as a mother – even though it’s a 24/7 job.
But that’s not why I or any other mom takes care of their children.
Like Jesus, mothers are called to give unselfishly without expecting anything in return. We sometimes must give every last drop of milk. We have to sacrifice sleep. We are called to constantly nurture our children. Of course, the irony is that we do get so much back in return – the coos, the smiles, the intent stares, giggles, the sacred word “Mama” passed from their lips – all those little things. And at the end of the day, we can hope that the greatest reward will be to raise an unselfish, Christian child. 

1 February 2016

Project Isiolo: Where are we now?

Project Isiolo is comprised of a 30-bed maternity hospital named St. John Paul II Maternity Hospital. On May 19, 2012, MCI opened the much anticipated maternity hospital in Isiolo. Kenya's President, H. E. Mwai Kibaki, conducted the official opening. The hospital began operating on June 14, 2013, with the first baby delivered in the hospital on June 18th, 2013.

MaterCare’s maternity hospital provides level 1 obstetrical service which includes normal care during pregnancy and delivery and treatment of most obstetric and medical complications. The first estimate was that hospital would provide care for 1,500 births annually but judging by the number of admissions in the first week this estimate has increased to 2,500. The project serves the population of the Isiolo district, approx.130,000 people.

It serves rural women and children and will also specialize in fixing obstetrical fistulas, which occur when mothers become incontinent as a result of obstructed labours and inaccessibility to caesarean deliveries. Fixing fistulas means stopping a lifetime of humiliation for these women. "Fight to End Fistula" is our appeal for the Year of Mercy. 

The entire project is based off the developed model of rural obstetric care. This model is explained by MCI founder Dr. Robert Walley in our webinar on Project Isiolo found here: https://youtu.be/AoZhqqtbXME

More information and brochures on Project Isiolo are available on our website at: http://matercare.org/projects-kenya/kenya/project-isiolo-vision/

St. John Paul II Maternity Hospital, Isiolo, Kenya

27 January 2016

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