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Philippine Birthing Centers Help New Mothers, Healthy Infants
Date:2/11/2009

RICHMOND, Va., Feb. 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Access to high quality health care facilities is important for mothers to have healthy newborns. In the Philippines, six new birthing centers have made giving birth much safer and less worrisome for women in Pili, Camarines Sur.

"We want to emphasize the importance of bringing pregnant women to health care facilities, which is the most important factor in preventing maternal and newborn mortality," said Dr. Sadia Parveen, Christian Children's Fund reproductive health specialist.

Thanks to funding from the CCF's Sky Siegfried Fund, six new birthing centers were officially launched in Pili, Camarines Sur in September.

Elisa, 38, was the first resident to give birth in one of the new facilities, delivering a healthy 7-pound baby girl in October at the Kabukludan Birthing Center. The other birthing centers are operating smoothly, according to CCF staff in the region.

"The health attendant and the midwife took good care of me before and after delivery," Elisa said. "I will recommend this center to my relatives because I feel at home and safe."

CCF Philippines, partnering with Mt. Zion Family Development Association - Christ the King Center, initiated the project, "Saving Women's Lives Through Improved Maternal Care." Goals of the project include reducing vulnerability of women to the risks related to pregnancy; providing women access to safe maternal and newborn care; and improving community health.

"A primary objective of this project is to build partnerships with groups such as the provincial and municipal health offices, local government units and the communities," said Parveen.

Plans are under way to make these centers more comprehensive in their primary health care approach, in terms of broadening their reach to cater to not only pregnant women, but also to women and children in general,
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