Saturday, November 2, 2013

The World's Busiest Maternity Ward - Women Sleep Five To a Bed and 100 Babies are Born Daily

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The BBC recently aired a documentary about a maternity hospital "the world's busiest maternity ward"  in the Philippines where women share a bed with 4 or 5 other women and their babies, and where the experienced midwife who serves as the chief nurse might have delivered upwards of 200,000 babies in the past 28 years.

The hospital is the Dr Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital in Manila which serves a slum named Tondo, and is built on a rubbish dump. 300 mothers arrive at the hospital everyday and have to also share a delivery room with at least five other birthing women.

One of the women featured in the documentary is having her 7th child. I don't want to judge these women's choices, who I understand are mostly Roman Catholics and so are not permitted by their church to use contraception. But I wonder if there aren't other natural means to plan your family so that you're not overwhelmed or sink deeper into poverty?

If you're in the UK and missed the documentary, you can watch it here.


  1. I thought the new Pope said something about contraceptives now being allowed? I'm not 100% sure but I'm almost certain he did.

    They need counseling...

  2. Na wao. And the women continue to born.

  3. Seriously!!!
    Couples have many choices when it comes to family planning methods
    Yeah, they sure needs counseling.

  4. A few years ago,I watched a documentary that was, because contraceptives where not available,they resorted to using Colgate toothpaste as contraception

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