Healthcare in the Philippines had evidently changed over decades. With the change of times came better facilities and brighter health professionals. Dr. Jesus C. Delgado Memorial Hospital had been one of the hospitals which had seen and implemented these kinds of improvements over the years. But there’s one thing which Delgado had been consistent on and it’s their effort to champion maternal care system. No wonder that if you trace the hospital’s history, it started as a 4-bed facility called Delgado Maternity & Children’s Clinic but today, it’s already a widely respected healthcare institution.
Delgado is a tertiary hospital and can provide a wide range of clinical specialties ( from internal medicine to dentistry) but unique to other hospitals, within the hospital is a special unit designed specifically for soon-to-be-moms. It’s called the First Time Mom Unit. Not to be mistaken as the regular type of clinic where pregnant women go to consult with OB-GYNs, the First Time Mom Unit works as a training place for soon-to-be first-time mothers and even for pregnant women who wish for Optimal Birth Outcome which is a widely supported advocacy internationally. It’s main goal is to ensure the mother and baby’s over all health from the time of conception until they are ready to go home.
First Time Mom Unit
Dr. Rolando Balburias, President and General Manager of Dr. Jesus C. Delgado spearheaded the creation of First Time Mom Unit to equip the first persons who need help the most when it comes to pregnancy. They are the future first-time parents who are mostly nervous and dependent on friends and relatives’ opinions. With the line-up of workshops and seminars for members of First Time Mom unit, parents will be more confident and properly educated by experts in the field, and thus will be able to make better decisions and plan the best for their baby.
First Time Mom Unit Membership
Membership to First Time Mom Unit is free at Delgado and with this membership comes a bundle of free prenatal classes a soon-to-be-mom (or even existing moms) can attend. These include the following:
Pregnancy and Childbirth Preparation Classes
Vaccination and Newborn Care Counseling
Nutrition Counseling and Exercise Classes
Basic First Aid and CPR Classes
Breastfeeding Counselling and Play Workshops
The First Time Mom Unit is associated with one of the leading baby care brands Johnsons & Johnsons that’s why the workshop area is filled up of baby essentials which parents should know about and may take home in some of the programs prepared for the members.
But more than all these perks and freebies, the most important reason why a soon-to-be-mom or a couple should get their membership card is because they will be taken cared of by an institution that champions maternal care. The mission of the hospital is to develop and implement programs to efficiently respond to the community’s healthcare needs. By pioneering the first soon-to-be-mom specific hospital unit, Delgado clearly exceeds their goal.