MANILA, Aug. 28 (PNA) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said on Friday the newborn baby seen on a viral video being slapped continuously by his mother was cleared for discharge from the hospital on Aug. 26.
“The medical director of the hospital relayed to us about the negative results of the blood culture test of the newborn, hence, a pediatric clearance was already issued,” DSWD Secretary Corazon J. Soliman said.
She added that the DSWD-National Capital Region facilitated the baby’s admission at the DSWD-managed Reception and Study Center for Children (RSCC) for the provision of temporary shelter while exploring possible maternal relatives who can take custody of the baby.
It may be recalled that the baby has been placed temporarily out of the custody of the mother who remains in the hospital pending blood transfusion and while also waiting for the result of her counseling session with the psychologist of the Pasay City Social Welfare and Development Office (PCSWDO).
Soliman assured that the PCSWDO will provide appropriate after-care support services to the mother who was earlier assessed to be undergoing postpartum depression.
Postpartum disorder is a form depression that can start during pregnancy or at any time up to a year after giving birth to a child.
Depression is a mental illness that affects a person’s mood or the way a person feels.
Mood impacts the way people think about themselves, relate to others, and interact with the world around them. This is more than a “bad day” or “feeling blue.”
Some signs of depression include feeling sad, worthless, hopeless, guilty, or anxious a lot of the time, irritable or angry.
Some lose interest in things they used to enjoy and may withdraw from others.
Mothers with postpartum depression may not enjoy the presence of the baby and have frequent thoughts that they are bad parents.
Sometimes that can result to harming themselves or their baby. (PNA)