Essential intrapartum and newborn care (EINC)

The EINC initiative of the Philippine Department of Health- Non Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control-Family Health Office (DOH-NCDPC-FHO) and DOH Center for Health Promotions (NCHP), supported by the Joint Programme on Maternal and Neonatal Health (JPMNH), and being funded by AusAID, was piloted in 11 hospitals in the Philippines, and has yielded favorable results.

The recommended EINC practices during the intrapartum period include continuous maternal support by having a companion of choice during labor and delivery, freedom of movement during labor, monitoring progress of labor using the partograph, non-drug pain relief before offering labor anesthesia, position of choice during labor and delivery, spontaneous pushing in a semi-upright position, non-routine episiotomy, and active management of the third stage of labor (AMTSL).

For newborns, four core steps were recommended in a time bound sequence. A social marketing handle, “The First Embrace,” accompanied the initiative for practice change among health workers.

Jacqueline Flores Kitong, MD, MPH
Technical Officer
Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition

Our Partners

Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID)
United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
European Union Delegation to the Philippines (EUD)
United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF)
United Nations Population's Fund (UNFPA)
Philippines Obstetrical and Gynecological Society
Philippine Pediatric Society
National Center for Disease Preventionl and Control - Family Health Office, DOH
National Nutrition Council (NNC)
Kalusugan ng Mag-ina, Inc.(KMI) Fabella Memorial Medical Center
Philippine Obstetrical and Gynecological Society Foundation, Inc (POGS)
Family Health Office, Non_communicable Disease Prevention and Control-DOH
Partners For ARMM
Hellen Keller International (HKI)
LIKHAAN: Center for Women’s Health, Inc
Zuellig Family Foundation, Inc.
Population Services Pilipinas Incorporated(PSPI)

WHO work in the Philippines

WHO Country Cooperation Strategy for the Philippines, 2011-2016

WHO Philippines Annual Report, 2011