By Analou de Vera
The Department of Health (DOH)- Calabarzon said that it will provide essential training to all midwives in the region to upgrade their knowledge and skills.
“Midwives before were regarded only as skilled birth attendants assisting in the delivery of pregnant women at home, now, they have evolved and become more involved in the delivery of primary health care in the community providing health care to every individual from birth up to the seniors,” said Regional Director Eduardo Janairo.
Janairo said that midwifery scholarship grants will be provided to those who want to become midwives with priority to residents of the region.
“This is one way of solving the lack of health human resource in areas in need of midwives because after graduating and passing the board, they will be serving in their own respective municipalities,” said Janairo.
Data from the regional office showed that there are currently 254 midwives in Calabarzon.
“We will be repositioning our midwives, especially those working in the hospitals to serve only as midwives and not as nursing assistants anymore, because they are also capable and knowledgeable to provide health care,” said Janairo.
“Delivering babies, providing antenatal and postnatal advice, care and support to women, their babies, their partners and families should be their only focus and concern,” added the health official.