NayBahay Safe Birthing Center Program

Partnership Objectives

In Filipino, NayBahay stands for “Mother’s Home”. This is a program aimed at responding to the needs of women and their families in local communities.  In particular, NayBahay aims to:

  1. provide access to a community health facility that ensures availability of quality  healthcare services for women and children;
  2. promote safe and sustainable maternal healthcare practices.

The NayBahay Safe Birthing Facility was established to improve  local maternal and child health conditions. The NayBahay Safe Birthing Facility was established to improve local maternal and child health conditions. Copyright Pfizer Philippines Foundation

What are the health needs and challenges?

The Philippines is committed to the achievement of development goals targeted towards reducing poverty, hunger and poor health conditions. In line with its commitment, the country is confronted by the challenge of reducing the maternal mortality ratio (MMR) in various local communities. This is largely due to the prevalence of home births assisted by traditional birth attendants or TBAs, whose knowledge and skills are based on those passed on to them as part of family tradition rather than formal healthcare training.     

The NayBahay program was launched to contribute to reducing the local mortality rate in order to help save lives of women and children. In particular, it aims to address specific needs and challenges commonly encountered by provincial and local government units as well as municipal health teams in different locations, including limited community facilities that provide quality maternal healthcare services, lack of information on health needs and risks, and limited knowledge on local healthcare facilities and service offerings. 

Description of partnership activities and how they address needs and challenges

Under the program, the NayBahay Safe Birthing Facility was established to ensure that a facility managed and operated by qualified local health team members is accessible to women and their families. The local government of Minalabac in Camarines Sur was identified as the first community partner beneficiary for the program. Following construction of the NayBahay facility, the program has been integrated into Minalabac’s community health program with management and operations of the facility being led by the local government in partnership with its municipal health team. 

Zuellig Family Foundation (ZFF) is a program administration partner for the pilot. ZFF is a non-profit organization which provided support in areas including mobilizing the community partner beneficiary and managing construction of the NayBahay facility for the program.    

Lessons Learned  

  • Partnerships - program collaboration among institutional and community stakeholders supported achievement of sustainable improvements in local maternal and child health conditions. The partnership similarly guided the local community beneficiary and its health leaders in further planning improvements within the health system and leading initiatives to address healthcare needs and challenges faced by many women and their families.   
  • Programming - under the program, the municipal health team planned management and daily operations of the NayBahay facility. In addition to technical healthcare trainings, this helped increase knowledge and skills in maternal healthcare service provision for community members. Following the initial management and operations training, it is important for other learning activities to be planned by the municipal health office for its team of healthcare workers to ensure that knowledge and skills are further enhanced based on the patients’ current needs.        

Summary of impact and forward looking information

As of 2014, there have been over 1,000 successful deliveries recorded by the Municipal Health Office (MHO) of Minalabac at NayBahay. Since the facility started operating in 2012, there are no maternal deaths that have been reported. The total births at NayBahay represents 40% of the municipality’s total recorded births during the year with the facility accommodating the majority of women (76%) who delivered at birthing facilities.

With the increasing number of women in the community realizing the value of facility-based births, the MHO similarly noted that home births have declined from 40% in 2011 to 18% in 2014. 

Partnership information

Company(ies) Pfizer

Partner(s) Philippines Department of Health, Zuellig Family Foundation

Type of Partner(s) Government, NGOs

Therapeutic Focus Women and Children's Health

Disease(s) Children's Health, Women's Health

Program Type(s) Health System Infrastructure - Development of Physical Infrastructure, Health System Infrastructure - Outreach & Medical Services, Prevention Programs - Awareness & Outreach, Research & Development - Development of Treatments

Targeted Population(s) Children, Mothers, Women

Region(s) East Asia & Pacific

Number of Countries 1

Country(ies) Philippines

Start Date 2012

More information Pfizer Philippines Foundation

Anticipated completion date Ongoing

« For me, the process of giving birth is a miracle. And being able to assist mothers at NayBahay during this process brings satisfaction since I am able to help in making sure women and their children are kept safe. »

Dr. Renabeth Vera, Municipal Health Officer