Mayor Abby Binay offers ‘Baby Makatizen’ freebies as incentive for regular prenatal checkups

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Expectant mothers in Makati City have another reason to undergo prenatal checkups regularly because of the “Baby Makatizen” program launched by Mayor Abby Binay.

The program makes it more appealing for pregnant mothers to go to the doctor regularly because they will be given a “Baby Makatizen” starter bag after giving birth should they complete the requisite eight checkups at either the city-run Ospital ng Makati (OsMak) or barangay health centers.

Each bag contains a swaddle blanket, wash cloth, booties, belly binder, rattle, poly bag, tie side and pajamas, baby cap, mittens, baby wipes, diapers, and reusable baby bag.

Binay said regular checkups will ensure not just the baby’s health, but the mother’s safety from complications such as diabetes and high blood pressure.

“If left unchecked or untreated, these conditions seriously endanger the life of both mother and child,” she said.

The Baby Makatizen program is open to all expectant mothers who are registered voters of Makati City. They must have their White Card from OsMak or the Pink Card issued by the barangay health centers.

Mothers who enter the program are issued a “Baby Makatizen Pre-natal Passbook” which must be presented each time they go to OsMak or the barangay health center for their pre-natal checkup. The attending doctor, midwife or nurse must sign the pre-natal passbook after the visit.

Pregnant women who are not considered “high risk” patients are required a minimum of eight pre-natal checkups. Meanwhile, high risk patients are required more than eight pre-natal checkups depending on what their doctors require.

After completing the required number of pre-natal checkups, the mother must submit the pre-natal passbook to OsMak or the barangay health center to claim her “Baby Makatizen” starter bag.