Midwife attends to infant after birth; she has spread a mat on the floor on which she has placed her supplies and the infant, another woman assists with the baby; the mother is lying on a bed in the background. Verso: WHO/12035.Philippines-MCH. Magic to Modern Methods. Education of untrained midwives in modern methods of delivery, sanitation hygiene is the object of a current program in the Philippines. Aided by WHO and Unicef, the Philippines government launched the program in July 1954. In ten years, some 6000 women, about one-third of the country's hilots, as the local midwives are called in Tagalog, have attended 12- week courses in delivery, prenatal and postnatal care. Now they are used to sending for medical assistance in the event of abnormal deliveries. They continue to work closely with local health clinics and have greatly helped in the house-to-house improvement of hygine and sanitation. Our photos show the conversion of a hilot. She is 58-year-old Escilastica Paesta from the village of Tamag, near Vigan on the northeast coast of Luzon. Hilot Paeste, now trained and modernized, attends to postnatal chores with sterile supplies. Because the child was not full term, she sent for a physician which would not have done before. She wears a white apron and does not smoke a ciagr near the baby.
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World Health Organization; Source: Record; Research date: 20151103