Ipon ni Mommy, Buhay ni Baby (A Buntis Baby Bank Project)
Country of Operation
- Municipal Health Office of Cajidiocan, RomblonGovernment
Target income level
- Bottom 20%
- Lower-middle income (20-40%)
- Middle-income (40-60%)
- Higher middle-income (60-80%)
- High-income (80-100%)
SummaryThe Buntis Baby Bank (BBB) Project was initiated as a result of focus group discussions. It is a program assistance that helps the mother to save money for the delivery of the child.
The program served not just to change the behavior of the pregnant mothers when it comes to seeking health care and preparing for birth but also facilitated the change of perspective of the local leaders when it comes to ownership and responding to the issue. BBB served as the Banner Program for the ordinance on Facility-Based Deliveries. The local government provided the backbone support to the Municipal Health Office through legislation and budget support.
Key program components
One of the components of the program is assigning a “baby bank” made up of bamboo to all pregnant mothers seeking prenatal care at the RHU. The baby bank is placed in a highly visible area in the RHU, allowing the mothers and other people to drop any amount anytime, resulting to accumulated savings until their delivery date. A BBB project coordinator or caretaker (nurse, midwife, BHW) constantly reminds the mothers to drop to their banks. The banking system can also include the mothers’ relatives, RHU staff, LGU officials or any person willing to drop any amount to the bank. The savings accumulated will be used when the mother reaches her delivery date with the extra savings to be used postpartum, for the care of the baby, or even to assist the mother to obtain the family planning method of her choice (i.e. pills, ligation). Assignment of a baby bank is done during the mother’s 1st prenatal check-up during her 1st trimester. A mother consulting during her late 2nd trimester and 3rd trimester will not be assigned a baby bank. Thus this agreement between the RHU and the mother encourages seeking of prenatal care as early as the 1st trimester. Withdrawal of savings is done upon labor. Mothers assigned with their baby banks are required to deliver either at the RHU or the hospital. Home deliveries forfeit the mother’s withdrawal of her savings. Over the 3-year implementation of the program, additional Buntis Baby Banks have been set-up in the different barangay health stations to cover more pregnant women. There is currently 50% coverage in all the barangays of the municipality (7/14) with an additional of 2 more to be set-up with-in the year. The project has also been upgraded to contain 3 packages with corresponding maternity kits and perks based on the amount saved in the bank. Furthermore, it has been adopted in 3 municipalities in the province of Romblon (Alcantara, San Jose and San Agustin) and the municipalities included in the cohort 2 of the programs's NGO partner. In 2011, the BBB program was re-designed, now called as BBB Reloaded. Pregnant mothers can avail of maternity packages depending on the amount they can save. There are three packages with corresponding maternity kits and perks after their delivery in health facilities.
528 women received prenatal check-ups from 2009-2011; 1,188 women have given birth in health facilities either at the barangay health station, health center or hospital
1 main facility (Rural Health Unit), 6 branch facilities (Barangay Health Stations)