The Zamboanga Puericulture Center (ZPC), a public and specialty maternity hospital, has launched a new savings scheme for pregnant women to help them save money in preparation for birthing.
Through the “Alcancia de Parto”, couples can deposit an amount to ZPC through the cashier during prenatal visits and check-ups.
“This is a piggy bank concept program that intends to assist and help a mother save money for the delivery of her child,” Dr. Rodel Agbulos, ZPC president, said Wednesday.
Agbulos, who previously served as city heath officer, said that the scheme was devised after the hospital noticed that many couples, particularly those from lower-income brackets, didn’t usually prepare enough savings for the birth of their baby. According to the ZPC president, the cost of delivery in birthing homes and hospitals can range from P3,000 to P60,000, depending on the manner of delivery and if the mother has insurance coverage.
“Alcancia de Parto” would allow couples to pay in smaller increments the birthing cost, even as they prepare to welcome their new child. To further incentivize enrollees of the payment scheme, ZPC even offers free ultrasound and check-up services, as well as scholarships for first-time mothers.
According to Agbulos, 20 pregnant women have already enrolled in the scheme since it was launched. Agbulos also said that records show about 500 pregnant women seeking consultation at the ZPC every month.