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Maternal and Child Health Bureau introduces ‘centering pregnancy’ program

THE Maternal and Child Health Bureau of the Commonwealth Healthcare Corporation has a new program, Centering Pregnancy, which is a support group that aims for the wellness of pregnant women.

Tony Yarobwemal, Maternal and Child Health Bureau services coordinator, was one of the presenters at the Ayuda Network Inc.’s two-day seminar last week.  Photo by Lori Lyn C. Lirio
Tony Yarobwemal, Maternal and Child Health Bureau services coordinator, said the program will be launched in August and participants will undergo 10 sessions — from the early months of pregnancy all the way to delivery.

“We will meet once or twice a month. All they have to do is come and work together to share their stories and experiences so they can learn from each other,” he said.

Yarobwemal said nurses will conduct monthly check ups for each participant.

“If there are concerns regarding a pregnancy, the nurse will refer her to the hospital.”

He added that for Centering Pregnancy, they will use the Women, Infants and Children clinic on Navy Hill. “We will teach them how to take care of themselves. We will provide them with a wide range of information about pregnancy. They can still come back after giving birth if they have any concerns.”

Aside from monthly check ups, Yarobwemal said they will teach mothers how to check their blood pressure and monitor their weight gain.

“In a regular clinic, they have to wait an hour to see the doctor. The doctor will then see them for only three minutes. With Centering Pregnancy, they can spend more time with health providers.”

According to Yarobwemal, the program aims to encourage pregnant women to regularly see health providers while they are in a delicate condition.

“Some mothers do not see doctors for prenatal checkups until they are ready to give birth. Some visit the clinic or the hospital once just to confirm whether they are really pregnant. After that, they don’t go for follow ups and they miss a lot of scheduled check ups,” he said.