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Cebu Maternity House
Almost all women I know worry about giving birth and this is indeed understandable. Well, who would ever endure such hours of pain during delivery? What about the whole 9 months of bearing the added weight of the unborn child? Indeed, this is something that we can be proud of about women, who bring light to every home and endures that necessary work to be done not just only the maternity period. For this, assisting them in giving birth and taking care of them during recovery is where a maternity house comes in.
In Cebu, Cebuanas who are about to give birth are provided with care by the Cebu Maternity House (Cebu Puericulture Center and Maternity House Inc). This establishment has been in Cebu for 85 years already and still continues to enhance their service for women during their maternity stage.
A bit of history
It was in 1918 when a group of civic women leaders formed a core group of Cebu Woman’s Club to help aid needy women of Cebu as well as the neighboring places. This led to the structure of the Cebu Maternity House as its sole project to provide postnatal care and assist them in normal baby deliveries.
It started with a 10-bed nipa hut (old Filipino house)right beside Fort San Pedro and in 1923, the Cebu School of Midwifery was established.
In the year 1924, funds were hoisted to develop services and transferred to their current location in B. Rodriguez, Cebu City. Starting form there, the Cebu Maternity House built its solid foundation as the premiere maternity house of the city.
Among the prewar presidents of Cebu Maternity House were Genoveva Villalon, Felicidad Jerez and Carmen Rallos Sotto. It was during the Japanese invasion wherein the building was almost destroyed due to bombings. After the war, affiliates of Cebu Woman’s Club worked hand in hand towards building the project once again.
It was then that the postwar presidents came in like Guadalupe Osmena, Eulalia Renner, Ramona Vivera, Milagros Veloso, Dr. Virginia Villegas and, current president, Florencia Streegan, among others.
Today’s 85th anniversary of Cebu Maternity House features overtime developments like their hospital and laboratory equipments, delivery and operating rooms, nurseries and the well-ventilated rooms and wards. Currently, the Cebu Maternity House is also the training ground for medical and student nurses for their OB-GYN accredited residency training program.
A bright future is highly likely since the Cebu Maternity House is aiming to expand two additional delivery and operating room, a neonatal intensive care unit, critical obstetric care unit as well as the laboratory services.