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Mother or baby die in childbirth every 11 seconds – U.N.

Sep 19, 2019 - 6:26 PM

The statistics reveal that an estimated 2.8 million women and newborns die every year, mostly from preventable causes

New law boosts gov't services for pregnant women, infants

Dec 11, 2018 - 10:22 AM

National government agencies and local government units will now have to ensure the provision of specific services to address nutrition in the first 1,000 days of life

Pregnant mothers and new born babies are taken cared for and receive pre and post natal care at the CSV Maternity and Lying-in clinic in Caloocan City.

Senate OKs bill ensuring health of mothers, children in first 1,000 days

Mar 05, 2018 - 6:42 PM

The bill seeks to fight malnutrition of children during the first 1,000 days, starting from the first day of the mother’s pregnancy. The House version was approved in 2017.

FIRST 1,000 DAYS. Congress approves a bill ensuring the health of mothers and children during the first 1,000 days of a child starting from day1 of pregnancy. File photo

PH has shortest maternity leave in ASEAN – labor groups

Nov 09, 2017 - 3:55 PM

The groups call for the passage of a bill doubling the period of paid maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days

MATERNAL HEALTH. Women's groups call for the passage of the proposal to extend the maternity leave from 60 days to 120 days. Photo by Patty Pasion/Rappler

Deadly secret: The illegal abortions killing Myanmar's women

May 03, 2017 - 3:35 PM

Experts say a culture of silence and scandal around sex could be driving more than a quarter of a million women a year to seek out clandestine and often unsafe abortions

This photo is taken on April 26, 2017 shows a couple sitting at a jetty during sunset in Yangon. Ye Aung Thu/AFP

Zika babies can develop microcephaly in first year

Nov 23, 2016 - 12:58 AM

The latest study shows the first laboratory evidence of Zika virus infection in the womb leading to microcephaly developing after birth

MICROCEPHALY. Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. File photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

1 in 3 Filipino kids still malnourished, stunted – study

Jul 27, 2016 - 10:40 PM

The study also notes that 20 of kids under 5 years old die due to poor health services

SATING HUNGER. Children wait their turn at a feeding program for informal settlers in Quezon City.  File photo by Rolex dela Pena/ EPA

Senate bill wants 150 days of maternity leave in PH

Jul 23, 2016 - 8:11 PM

The current law is below the international labor standard on maternal protection that recommends 14 weeks or 98 days of maternity leave says Senator Francis Pangilinan

MATERNITY LEAVE. Senator Pia Cayetano's bill applies to female employees working in the government and the private sector.

Cebu debate: Education, health on agenda, but not discussed

Mar 21, 2016 - 5:22 PM

Presidential candidates were able to tackle a few issues during the debate but they weren t asked about two key matters supposedly on the agenda

Birth defect risk 1-in-100 for Zika-infected pregnant women – study

Mar 16, 2016 - 7:57 AM

The statistical analysis of a Zika outbreak in French Polynesia in 2013 14 that spread to 2 3 of the population is the most rigorous attempt yet to quantify the risk of microcephaly

Matheus Lima, 22 kisses his two-month-old son Pietro suffering from microcephalia at the Obras Sociais Irma Dulce hospital in Salvador, Brazil on January 27, 2016. Christophe Simon/AFP

Zika virus: US issues travel warning for pregnant women

Jan 16, 2016 - 10:10 AM

The virus is believed to cause birth defects as it can spread to the fetus and cause brain shrinkage or death

THE OTHER MOSQUITO INFECTION. Zika virus is transmitted by daytime mosquitoes under the genus Aedes. Credit: Photo from Wikipedia

Maternal mortality cut by almost half in 25 years – UN

Nov 12, 2015 - 9:52 PM

But only 9 countries have achieved the United Nations target of reducing maternal mortality by 75 by 2015 from 1990 levels

I am a 'breastfeeding tatay'

Aug 08, 2015 - 9:15 PM

August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month Here s an extraordinary story of a husband preparing to join his wife s breastfeeding journey

Less deaths, but world still misses MDG on maternal health

Jul 21, 2015 - 10:07 PM

In 2013 about 289 000 mothers died worldwide That s 800 women dying each day due to preventable causes

What you need to know about women and HIV

May 22, 2015 - 11:26 AM

Did you know that HIV positive mothers can transmit the virus to their children during pregnancy labor delivery or breastfeeding?

The challenges of maternal health in PH

May 14, 2015 - 6:57 PM

Poor unemployed mothers struggle to find ways of putting a meal on their table is constant and their health and that of their children take the back seat

A Filipino mother and her child eat their lunch while waiting for their ship back to their provinces in Port Area, Manila, Philippines on 07 January 2010. Slightly fewer Filipinos look forward to 2010 with hope after experiencing a series of tragedies in 2009, among them epic floods in Metro Manila and Luzon, a survey by the Social Weather Stations (SWS) showed. The survey, conducted from 05 to 10 December 2009, found that while nine out of 10 Filipinos were hopeful, the rate was lower than in the previous three years. Photo by Dennis M. Sabangan/EPA

How can rest of PH copy Metro's child mortality rates improvement?

May 13, 2015 - 8:46 PM

In a report Save the Children recommends 3 key concepts to help improve child health

Improved child mortality rates in Metro Manila seen – survey

May 06, 2015 - 6:52 PM

The metropolis is among a list that includes 6 cities which successfully halved their child mortality rates over a period of 15 years

IMPROVED CARE. Filipino mothers breastfeed their newly born babies during the 'First Embrace' campaign for Early Essential Newborn Care of the World Health Organization (WHO) inside Fabella government maternity hospital in Manila, Philippines, 04 March 2015. File photo by  Ritchie B. Tongo/EPA

God, sex, babies: Is learning safe sex unsafe?

May 02, 2015 - 9:30 AM

Some Filipinos learn about safe sex only after having several unsafe encounters

SEXUALITY EDUCATION. Which is better?For the Filipino youth to understand safe sex, or for them to remain clueless? Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler, Background image from Shutterstock

8 ways breastfeeding can help PH achieve dev't

Sep 25, 2014 - 6:28 PM

There are 8 Millienium Development Goals that the country can achieve with the help of mothers who breastfeed their children exclusively in the first 6 months

INFOGRAPHIC: How breastfeeding at work should be

Sep 01, 2014 - 11:37 PM

Breastfeeding offers many benefits for both baby and mother but there might not be enough awareness or support given to lactating mothers

Recto dares gov't: Pour more funds in 'health bucket'

Aug 29, 2014 - 9:38 AM

Senator Ralph Recto commends the increase in the government s proposed health spending for 2015 but says more funding is still needed

Putting an end to 'toasted coffee' over breastmilk

Aug 25, 2014 - 2:32 PM

If breastfeeding policies would be strictly enforced we would probably not hear any more heartbreaking stories of poor mothers feeding their babies coffee and babies dying of malnutrition

KNOWLEDGE. Mothers must be provided with enough knowledge and support that can enable to properly breastfeed. To do this, the government must implement its existing policies better. Image from Shutterstock

PH 'likely' to meet education, infant mortality MDGs

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:40 AM

But a year before the deadline the country is losing the fight to lessen maternal deaths

Breastfeeding a 'security issue'

Aug 13, 2014 - 8:01 PM

During emergency situations and calamities breast milk is also a mother’s best advantage and a baby’s best defense Cayetano says

Ending the malnutrition cycle

Jul 17, 2014 - 11:00 AM

Even in malnutrition prevention is always better than cure

CYCLE. Malnutrition, if not prevented, can affect generations to come. Screenshot from WFP video

Latest PH Nutrition Survey reveals little progress in beating hunger

Jul 10, 2014 - 5:28 PM

The 2013 National Nutrition Survey reveals how far the Philippines has gone in its fight against hunger

Who is on top of PH nutrition?

Jun 24, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Have you ever heard of the National Nutrition Council?

NUTRITION. Who is mainly in charge of the country's nutrition issues? Photo by Fritzie Rodriguez/

Inside Fabella Hospital's milk bank

Jun 21, 2014 - 9:35 PM

Fabella is renowned as a maternity hospital and a hospital for newborns Unknown to many it is also one of the few existing Human Milk Banks in the Philippines

BABY FACTORY. Sometimes dubbed as a "Baby Factory," Dr. Jose Fabella Hospital Milk Bank boast its large supply of milk.

Got milk? Makati says yes

May 30, 2014 - 3:14 PM

The city of Makati is the country s first LGU to operate its own milk bank providing donated breast milk to vulnerable infants

MILK BANK. The city of Makati is the first local government unit (LGU) in the country to operate its own milk bank which helps save the lives of many infants. Photo from the Makati Human Milk Bank

Malnutrition: A lack of food and good governance

May 22, 2014 - 8:15 PM

Lack of budget is an overused excuse health advocates protest The real problem lies with wrong prioritization

HEALTH FACILITIES. Lack of funding and staff are the usual problems experienced by health centers across the country. Rolex Dela Pena/EPA

Pia Cayetano laments Rosal condition vs 'VIP' Napoles

May 20, 2014 - 7:21 AM

Senator Pia Cayetano asks: Was Andrea given sufficient medical attention in prison? Why was there a delay in her transfer to the hospital?

LAST EMBRACE. Andrea Rosal, daughter of the late NPA spokesperson, weeps as she holds her dead baby named after her. Photo by Free Andrea Rosal Movement

Who's violating the Milk Code?

May 10, 2014 - 8:40 PM

Some breastfeeding advocates say it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code

MILK INDUSTRY. Some breastfeeding advocates say that it is the milk industry that blocks the success and essence of the Philippine Milk Code. File photo from AFP

The role of fathers in breastfeeding

May 10, 2014 - 4:46 PM

While unable to provide breast milk themselves fathers can give emotional support to mothers who breastfeed

PH ranks 105th in state of mothers' index

May 10, 2014 - 8:30 AM

Out of 750 births each day in affected areas 100 are deemed critical and needing special care

Pregnant during Typhoon Yolanda

May 08, 2014 - 12:05 AM

Jessica is two months pregnant when Yolanda hits the Visayas Now 7 months pregnant she is ready to move on

PREGNANT DURING YOLANDA. Jessica was two months pregnant with her first child when Yolanda hit Central Visayas. All photos from Joy Maluyo

World Vision urges congressmen to keep Milk Code intact

May 06, 2014 - 6:25 PM

World Vision Philippines is urging Filipinos to support breastfeeding as a way to fight malnutrition

MILK CODE. World Vision continues to be vigilant for any attempts of policymakers to amend and water down the Milk Code. Photo from World Vision.

Protecting the newborn and the unborn

Apr 29, 2014 - 3:38 PM

The Philippines is among the top 10 countries in the world with high inequality in newborn deaths between the richest and the poorest

NEWBORN DEATHS. In the Philippines, 12 in 1,000 babies die during their first 28 days of life. Original image from Shutterstock

Health advocates rejoice over upheld RH law

Apr 08, 2014 - 5:33 PM

UPDATED Reproductive health advocates hail the big victory for women and young people and say they are ready for the next battle: to ensure its implementation

'HISTORIC'. Supporters of the Reproductive Health law holds a triumphant parade after the Supreme Court announcement Tuesday, April 8. Photo by Rappler

Young, pregnant and poor

Apr 01, 2014 - 12:52 AM

For poor teenage mothers life is a roller coaster ride that just goes round and round

YOUNG AND PREGNANT. How do education, poverty, and pregnancy interplay in the Philippines? Photo by Joel Nito/AFP

Malnutrition, Peter Pan and never growing up

Mar 26, 2014 - 2:28 PM

The first 1 000 days of life beginning from pregnancy up to a child’s 2nd birthday can determine the direction of one’s health and well being

Aiming for zero undernourished children

Mar 19, 2014 - 10:38 AM

About 3 million children worldwide die of undernutrition each year before they reach their 5th birthday Can we end this pattern?

[Dash of SAS] RH Law: In limbo

Mar 19, 2014 - 7:00 AM

The fate of the RH Law rests on the Supreme Court

IN LIMBO. Depending on what the SC decides, the RH Law can either turn into a story of triumph or simply be the story about the bill that took 14 years to sign into law and yet, still remains in limbo. Graphic by Mara Elize Mercado/Rappler, Background image from Shutterstock

Why Quezon City bans giving birth at home

Mar 01, 2014 - 11:20 PM

Big urbanized Quezon City is among the most disadvantaged areas in PH in terms of mothers and newborns living under the highest vulnerabilities

A loaf of bread for Rosanna's woes

Dec 21, 2013 - 3:23 PM

Rosanna decides to get an abortion after her 5th pregnancy It takes a turn for the worse

Up close and personal

Aug 14, 2013 - 9:41 AM

For the first time in the RH law oral arguments real life experiences of women were discussed

Experts: Pressures, marketing push China milk formula use

Aug 07, 2013 - 9:43 PM

In China misconceptions economic pressures and aggressive marketing brainwashes mothers drives them away from breastfeeding

Mead Johnson baby formula is pictured on shelves at a supermarket in Beijing on August 7, 2013. Photo by AFP / Wang Zhao

US study links pollution to autism risk

Jun 18, 2013 - 11:00 AM

Study: Pregnant women who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were twice as likely to have a child with autism as women who lived in low pollution areas

A woman covers her face with her sweater in the heavy smog in Haozhou, central China's Anhui province on January 30, 2013. AFP PHOTO

Using NASA technology to treat postpartum bleeding

Jun 10, 2013 - 5:21 PM

Postpartum hemorrhage or excessive bleeding after childbirth is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide

WHO: Reduce mother-to-child transmission of Syphilis

Jun 01, 2013 - 11:58 PM

Preventing mother to child transmission of Syphilis will significantly decrease child mortality rate