MANILA, Philippines – In the Philippines an estimated 15 million babies are born before they complete the 40 weeks of gestation required for a normal delivery. While technology has advanced to a point that we can provide the best possible treatment for preemies, preterm birth complications are still the leading cause of death among children under 5 years old.
It has been the cause of almost 1 million deaths in 2015 — three-quarters of which could have been prevented through various interventions that mothers and medical practitioners should be aware of.
The Philippines now ranks 8th out of 184 countries worldwide with the greatest number of premature births. India is currently #1, followed by China and Nigeria.
On June 22 at Pampers Philippines held an intimate media event on premature birth in the Philippines. Ms. Bambi Borneo, President of the Mother and Child Nurses Association of the Philippines, Inc., spoke about the realities and dangers of preterm birth.
“Preventing complications from preterm birth, of course, begins by making sure that you have a healthy pregnancy. But for whatever reason that preterm birth occurs, know that there are essential care guidelines that you can do to ensure the strength and development of your baby,” says Bambi.
The first months of a baby are the most delicate and crucial stage in their lives. Thus, it is important that parents consider both the emotional and practical aspects of caring for their newborn.