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.
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Jacqueline Flores Kitong, MD, MPH
Maternal and Child Health and Nutrition