Expectant moms urged to give birth in hospitals amid COVID
Expectant mothers should still give birth in a health facility, instead of opting to give birth at home out of fear that they might be infected of the Covid-19 virus.
Department of Health-Cordillera Director Ruby Constantino has assured it is safe to give birth in hospitals as there is a dedicated ward for them.
Covid-19 cases have recently been reported among hospital personnel, and there were some reports of mothers opting to give birth at home rather than risk exposure in a hospital. But Constantino said these reports should not discourage mothers from giving birth in a facility for it is still a safe place to deliver where a team of medical professional can assist them.
She said protocols are in place to ensure that delivery will be safe.
If the problem is on transportation due to the community quarantines in place, Constantino said an expectant mother may give birth in a primary health care facility, as long as there is a proper referral from their obstetrician-gynecologist.
A primary health care facility offers basic services including emergency service and provision for normal deliveries.
The DOH is advocating hospital birth to curb maternal and neonatal deaths attributed to lack or absence of skilled people who will attend to the mother and child during delivery. – Rimaliza A. Opiña