Being a mother is not easy and I learned about the challenges moms go through thanks to my service interaction.
The hospital that we visited is a public place where informal settlers live nearby. It is a place where pregnant women can go to if they do not have enough money to go to private hospitals like St. Luke’s or Cardinal Santos Hospital. The hospital is free of charge so women often travel far just to go there. When my class visited the moms and the babies there, we were assigned to different beds where our partner mothers were staying.
My partner’s name is Salvacion Andrade. She’s 31 years old and she recently gave birth to twins. Ate Salvacion is married to a man named Richard Andrade, who is a 33-year-old painter. She lives in Caloocan with her seven children, including the twins. The twins were pre-mature so she was placed in the Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) so that she could use her body heat to incubate her babies and slowly improve their health instead of having them squeezed inside the incubators with other babies.
On the day of her labor, which was last January 11, 2014, she rode a tricycle all the way from Caloocan to Fabella. She delivered the first baby when she was lying down on the hospital bed and the other one when she was en route to the room she was supposed to stay in. Now, she’s with her babies every day and she puts them on her chest for body heat in order to heal the babies slowly.
When the five-minute bell was rung, I quickly asked for her name and she gladly wrote it on my nametag so I could remember her. She also asked for my name and wrote it on a piece of paper. She said that she would use my name for her first baby. So her first baby’s name was Keane. Then she asked me for another name but I didn’t know what to say. My teacher, Ms. Virtucio, said to name him Keanu. Ate Salvacion agreed and named her kids Keane and Keanu.
My experience with Ate Salvacion was a really great experience especially since one of her babies was named after me, which made me feel special. Through this trip, I got to understand how moms feel when they are pregnant, and the struggles they go through when they give birth. Most importantly, I learned that we should give thanks for our mothers who sacrificed their time and strength for us to be brought into the world.
After the visit, we went back to Xavier and prepared ourselves for our dinner date with our mothers. We all tried our best to treat them like a queen by doing everything for them. There were also other parts of the program prepared by the CMSO teachers for us to have bonding time with our mothers.
All in all, I could say that I had a very successful and fun-filled service-recollection because of all the new things I learned about my relationship with my mom.