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According to DOH Secretary Enrique Ona, the maternal mortality rate has increased from 162 in 2009 to 221 per 100,000 live births in 2011. He described the latest statistics as “alarming”, noting that maternal health is an important indicator of the government’s performance in improving the health of its citizen (Philippine Daily Inquirer, 2012). Under the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) 4 and 5 which aim to reduce child mortality and improve maternal health by 2015, the Philippines must lower the maternal mortality rate to 52 per 100,000 live births. The high maternal mortality rate can be decreased through the new evidence-based nursing practice called Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC). BEmONC refers to functions of trained skilled birth attendants composed of license doctor, nurse and midwife who act as a team that consider all pregnant women at risk for complications at birth. Its main focus is the provision of effective antenatal care, safe labor, delivery and immediate newborn care.

With this in mind, we, the seminar organizers want to impart knowledge on evidence-based nursing practice related to basic emergency obstetric and newborn care. We expect that the participants will be informed about trends and implications of maternal and neonatal morbidity and mortality rate in the Philippines from 2006-2011, the Millennium Development Goal No. 4 (Reduce Child Mortality) and 5 (Improve Maternal Health), principles of Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care (BEmONC), the different functions of the BEmONC team and updates on evidence-based labor and delivery practices and essential newborn care.

Ladies & gentlemen, let us not take this any longer; welcome to our seminar entitled: “Basic Emergency Obstetric and Newborn Care: An Evidenced-based Nursing Practice”. Thank you and good morning.
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