“There’s no question in my mind the poor are poorer than they were before the typhoon… many thousands of families in the typhoon-affected areas are still living hand to mouth,” Olney said
De Ocampo, one of the active advocates of KMC in the country, adds, “There are so many advantages to KMC. The skin-to-skin contact alone makes it beneficial to the newborn.”
Awareness on the importance of health-facility based deliveries among women in the Cordillera is increasing.
The study conducted on 3,000 women in the Philippines found that what women ate during their pregnancies could influence the size of their grandchildren.
The psychological trauma of a disaster on the scale of Typhoon Haiyan, may bring on premature labour, say health workers. “If the baby is delivered preterm, there is a lower rate of survival,” Umali said.
After the training, the facilitators expected that every staff member will support mothers to succeed with early and exclusive breastfeeding and that the facility moves towards Mother-Baby Friendly designation.
UN agencies stress need for breastfeeding support to mothers in affected areas.
Two Weeks Since Typhoon Haiyan, Save the Children says Breast Milk Critical to Health of 25,000 Newborns Expected in Disaster Areas Within the Next Month
“Breastfeeding is critical for newborn babies, especially following a disaster like Typhoon Haiyan, which has had a devastating impact on the Philippines.”
Many of the 80 babies born in the hospital since the typhoon came prematurely, their mothers shocked into labor by Friday’s trauma.
Because approximately 40% of women in the Philippines deliver at home, clean delivery kits are being provided to partners and midwives.