DOH: Nothing's stuffed in woman's mouth while giving birth.
The Department of Health (DOH) clarified that nothing is being placed in the mouth of women while giving birth, following a mother's complain that a doctor stuffed a sanitary napkin in the mouth of her 16-year-old daughter while giving birth at Pasay City General Hospital on Monday.
"Although minsan sinasabihan na 'wag sumigaw, umire ka para 'yong puwersa pababa, pero you don't put anything on the mouth," Health Secretary Janette Loreto-Garin said in a press conference, May 22.
Elsa Abello, a janitor at Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1, was shocked after finding out that the attending physician placed a sanitary napkin in the mouth of her daughter while she was giving birth. Her daughter, who narrated the incident on Tuesday, said she heard the doctor said: "Ang ingay-ingay mo naman!"
The minor was not able to remove the napkin from her mouth until the procedure was over.
Garin said: "We will look into the case. We will do the necessary, and have the investigation."