Philhealth Z Benefit Package for Preemies and Underweight Newborns

I was checking my FB newsfeed, which I rarely do since I have so many errands to make when I suddenly bumped into one of UNICEF’s posts. It’s the latest benefits package Philhealth will be adding next year. This benefit will be about newborn babies who are preemies and underweight (under 2500 grams).

As a mom, it sure is a big help. I personally gave birth to a pre-term baby (36 weeks and 2 days) but the good thing that he is healthy.


I was depressed during my pregnancy. And the moment my sister and I lived together, she told me to see my doctor right away so that my baby’s health will be monitored.  Good thing that I landed on the right hand. The only problem after giving birth was that he is underweight. As per the doctor, it was due to the emotional stress I have gone through. Good thing that my baby is a fighter. With that, we haven’t stayed in the hospital for long. It didn’t take me long too since I gave birth via CS (I am a repeat CS patient).  Going back, it’s not that we are hoping for our co-mommies to experience the same fate but this newly added benefit of Philhealth is definitely a big help.

Who are qualified?

All those pre-term babies and underweight ones are qualified, provided that:

  1. You (mommies) are a registered Philhealth member (contribution is up to date).
  2. You (mommies) are declared a declared dependent of a Philhealth member.
  3. You (mommies) are a Philhealth Sponsored Member (Indigent)

What causes preterm birth and/or underweight babies?

For pre-term birth, causes vary. There are chances as well that a mother can possibly give birth to a baby on a pre-term basis despite how careful she is during her pregnancy journey. To lessen the chances of giving birth on a pre-term, the mothers should keep in mind the following causes:

  • Infection
  • Blood pressure (High blood)
  • You are carrying twins
  • Teenage pregnancy (early pregnancy)
  • Stress (emotional and/or physical)
  • Malnutrition
  • Rupture of membrane (sudden pop of waterbag)
  • History of premature birth

What usually causes a baby to go underweight?

  • Mom smokes (cigarette smoking is prohibited during pregnancy)
  • No enough healthy food intake and lack of vitamins in the body (malnutrition)

Symptoms of premature birth:

  • Bleeding before 37 weeks
  • Spotting
  • Contractions before 37 weeks
  • Incontinence
  • Rupture of membranes before 37 weeks

If a newborn baby is underweight or born prematurely, here are the possible complications that can cause death to your little pea:

  • Respiratory Distress Syndrome (difficulty in breathing)
  • Intracranial Hemorrhage (internal bleeding in the brain)
  • Jaundice (yellowish in the skin)
  • Hypothermia
  • Sepsis (infection)
  • Hearing loss
  • Blindness

To prevent it, mommy should:

  • See the doctor regularly
  • Keep the environment and surroundings clean
  • Eat healthily
  • Avoid smoking cigars

Who is covered in this package?

  • Pregnant moms who are at risk
  • premature babies
  • underweight newborn babies

Medical Coverage

For mommies, it varies. It could be from Php600-Php3000, depending on the status of the mother. It covers:


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  • Cassey Yong

    it is a good medical help for mommies going through hardship like this, I’m thankful that your baby survive although being premature. Thanks for sharing about the pre-caution and steps to prevent it.

  • ROBERT LEE | Amazing Life Daily

    So some mommies are wondering, why did they gave birth so early that they are not able to take advantage of the new addition to PhilHealth. Kidding aside, this is a great move on the part of the state-owned PhilHealth. UNICEF, once again, has demonstrated its commitment to social service as I am pretty sure this initiative was initiated by UNICEF. I am assuming too, that the cost is shouldered in part by UNICEF too. Bottom line, more benefits for mommies, especially the preemies and underweight newborns.

  • berlin domingo

    This is good news for moms with premature babies. I appreciate the government for coming up with this kind of benefit. This is indeed a sure help. Question though, how about for moms who do not continue their Philhealth but are declared dependent by their husband? Could they still avail of this benefit?

  • Indrani

    I have forgotten the stress of this phase of life. But it definitely is crucial.
    This was a relearning post for me. Best wishes for your baby!

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