While the Philippine islands are home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, the Philippines also has the highest mortality rate among infants and their mother worldwide. Archaic birthing practices and a lack of pregnancy information contribute heavily. Pearls by Shari cherishes the opportunity to work with birthing centers in Manila to provide medical care and family education to expecting parents. During her last trip, Shari spent five days in Manila working with the midwives who provide this crucial service as well as hiking into tribal villages to provide aid. Here’s a few snap shots from her journey.