Mom gives birth on motorboat off Eastern Samar town
ORMOC CITY — A mother delivered her baby on board a motorboat in the sea off Barangay Hilabaan in Dolores town, Eastern Samar over the weekend.
Mary Balbaboco, 28, was supposed to be brought to a hospital which can be reached through a 30-minute boat ride from their village.
Councilor Letecia Adel Corado, the chairman of the village’s committee on health, said Balbaboco gave birth to a baby girl at around 6:30 a.m. on Sunday, November 20.
The baby was the fourth child of Balbaboco whose husband Chris works as a fisherman.
Corado explained that the island-barangay of Hilabaan has followed the “no home birth” policy of the government.
“We have to transport laboring mothers to the hospital in the town,” she said.
Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.