afterthestorm *Trigger Warning: this month’s meeting will include stories from a disaster zone of both triumph and tragedy. If you are sensitive to loss, please exercise caution in attending the meeting.*

On November 8, 2013, Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) struck the Philippines, killing at least 6,201 people in that country alone. It was the strongest storm recorded in that region. As part of the recovery effort, Mercy in Action, a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide, organized volunteer midwives to attend to the needs of expectant and postpartum mothers in the Philippines. Tarrant County midwife Christy Martin served in the recovery effort for 6 weeks across the Christmas holidays and through the month of January, working with a team that gave medical care to 1350 survivors and fed hundreds of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. Over 110 babies were born in the mobile maternity tent. Christy will share with us her experiences in the Philippines following Typhoon Yolanda and talk about the practical logistics of birth without any of the basic comforts enjoyed here. A certified professional midwife since 2006, Christy received her training through Mercy in Action and has cared for impoverished women and their families in Manila, Philippines and Tanzania, East Africa.   This will be the last meeting before Birth Roundup which will replace the April meeting. We will be drawing for 1 Rustler Ticket to the 2014 Southwest Birth Roundup. The ticket is good for Saturday and Sunday attendance. Tickets are $1 for each for those attending the meeting or $2 online. Tickets are available here: