Find out about post-natal care in the Philippines, how to go about registering the birth an the recommended vaccinations for newborns...
Registering the Birth
In the Philippines, when the birth takes place at a hospital or clinic, the administrator of the hospital is responsible for the registration of birth. Parents fill in the birth registration form and submit to the hospital. The hospital files the registration of birth with the local civil registrar.
If parents are not able to register the birth through the hospital, they can do it themselves at the local civil registrar.
Registration of the birth must take place within 30 days after the birth.
A copy of the birth certificate can be obtained approximately one or two weeks after the registration. This can be claimed at the local municipality office or local civil registrar of the place where the baby was born.
The local civil registry office transmits copy to the Philippines Statistics Authority (NSO). The certified birth certificate is an official document, which may be needed when applying for passports or a visa for abroad.
Additional copies of the birth certificate can be requested online on e-Census.com.ph (the Philippine Statistics Authority). It should be noted that, online requests can only be filed between two and four months following the birth in Metro Manila, and six months if the birth occurred elsewhere.
Post-natal services available through healthcare facilities and obstetricians include a check - up for identification of early signs and symptoms of postpartum complications, micro-nutrient supplements, counseling, provision for family planning services and contraception procedures.
Postnatal care also includes care for the baby, covering postnatal care within twenty-four hours after birth (breastfeeding, newborn screening and immunization for example).
The following vaccinations are recommended in the Philippines for children:
- BCG vaccination – at birth or within first two months
- DTP (Diptheria, tetanus and whooping cough) vaccine – given in five doses at a minimum age of 6 weeks with a minimum interval of 4 weeks in between
- Polio vaccine – given in five doses beginning at minimum age of 6 weeks at a minimum interval of 4 weeks
- Hepatitis B vaccine – given in three doses, 1st dose given in the 1st 12 hours following birth, subsequent doses given at least 4 weeks apart
- Haemophilus Influenza type B (HiB) meningitis vaccine – given in four doses beginning at a minimum age of 6 weeks with a minimum interval of 4 weeks
- Pneumococoal conjugate (PCV/PPV) vaccine – primary vaccination consists of three doses with an interval of at least 4 weeks, plus a booster at 6 months after the 3rd dose. PCV/PPV is given at a minimum age of 6 weeks or two years old
- Measles vaccine – given from the age of 9 months
- Rotavirus vaccine – given in three doses beginning at minimum age of 6 weeks with minimal interval of 4 weeks between doses
- Varicella (chickenpox) vaccine – given in two doses with a minimum age of 12 months. The second dose is usually given at age 4 to 6 or at an earlier age provided it is given at least 3 months after the first dose
- MMR (mumps, measles and rubella) vaccine – two doses are recommended, given at a minimum of 12 months, interval is at least 4 weeks
- Hepatitis A (HAV) – given in two doses at a minimum age of 12 months. The second dose is given at least 6 months after the 1st dose
- Influenza (flu) – given at a minimum age of 6 months
A pentavalent vaccine is available, where this contains five vaccines in one. This is a combination of the diphtheria, tetanus pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis B and HiB vaccines. This is given in three doses, at 2, 4 and 6 months of age.
For more information on giving birth and immunizations in the Philippines, contact the Department of Health (DOH):
- Department of Health (DOH)
At: San Lazaro Compound, Tayuman, Sta. Cruz, Manila
Tel: 02 651 7800