What is Maternal health/Care.?

Based on research in WHO www.Who.int Maternal Health refers to the health of women during pregnancy, childbirth and the postpartum period. While motherhood is often a positive and fulfilling experience, for too many women it is associated with suffering, ill-health and even death. The major direct causes of maternal morbidity and mortality include haemorrhage, infection, high blood pressure, unsafe abortion, and obstructed labour. Here are some information and data’s below from the Family Health Cluster.

Improve Maternal Health

  • Reduce by three-quarters, between 1990 and 2015, the maternal mortality ratio


  – Maternal mortality ratio

– Proportion of births attended by skilled health personnel

  • Achieve, by 2015, universal access to reproductive health


    – Contraceptives prevalence rate

– Adolescent birth rate

– Antenatal care coverage

– Unmet need for family planning


Maternal and Child Health/Family Planning

   – Family Planning (FP)

A health intervention program and an important tool for the improvement of the health and welfare of mothers, children and other members of the family. It also provides information and services for the couples of reproductive age to plan their family according to their beleifs and circumstances through legally and medically acceptable family planning methods.


Men and women of reproductive age 15-49 years old including adolescents

Important mandate:

Responsible Parenthood and Reproductive Health Act of 2012 (Republic Act No. 10354).

informally known as the Reproductive Health Law or RH Law, is a law in the Philippines, which guarantees universal access to methods of contraception, fertility control, sexual education, and maternal care.

National Safe Motherhood Program (NSMP)

-Focus on making pregnancy and childbirth safer and sought to change fundamental societal dynamics that influence decision making on matters related to pregnancy and childbirth while it tries to bring quality emergency obstetrics and newborn care facilities nearest to homes. this move ensures that those most in need of quality health care by competent doctors, nurses and midwives have easy access to such care.

TARGET CLIENT: All pregnant women

Important Mandates: AO NO. 2008-0029 – Implementing Health Reforms for Rapid Reduction of Maternal and Newborn Mortality.

Major Strategy: MNCHN STRATEGY (2010)

Core Packages of sevice available:

  • Pre-pregnancy
  • Pregnancy
  • Delivery
  • Post-Partum
  • Newborn Care