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NICU: Unihealth Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center

Since I gave birth at 34 weeks and 4 days, my baby had to stay in the NICU. She couldn’t breathe without oxygen, and she would only drink 10cc of milk per day. The nurses inserted an IV so she won’t get dehydrated, and that’s also where they administered the antibiotics because she had an infection that she got from me, because I had an untreated UTI before I gave birth (I didn’t know I had UTI). 

They did quite a lot of laboratory tests to determine the infection and to rule out sepsis. They performed chest x-ray and blood chemistry. 

Everyday they would try to take off the oxygen to see if my baby can breathe without it, but then her heart rate would drop, so they had to put it back on. 

My baby was left in the NICU when I was discharged, so we just visited her everyday eventhough the travel time from our house to the hospital is about an hour and a half. The pedia and the nurses gave me updates through text messages and phone calls as well. 

After 4 days, my baby can finally breathe without oxygen, so the nurses took it off. They also informed me that based on the labtest result, my baby was negative of sepsis! My baby’s feeding also improved as she can drink 1oz of milk every 3 hours. 🙏 Although, the pedia said my baby had to stay under a blue light because her skin color is too yellowish.

On July 20th, our baby was allowed to go home with us! The NICU nurse gave me instructions before discharge because the pedia wasn’t in the hospital at that time. 

The NICU nurses were all nice and I’m happy that they took care of my baby Julianna while she stayed in the NICU. I’m also happy that they texted or called me everyday to give me updates so I didn’t worry too much. The pedia was also approachable as she responded quite quickly to my text messages.

My baby Julianna stayed in the NICU for 7 days, and her total bill was Php54,101.20. We were able to use her Philhealth so we got a deduction of Php10,630. Her bill went down to Php43,471.20.

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My 2nd Birthing Story: Unihealth Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center

I was only 34 weeks and 4 days pregnant when I gave birth to my second baby. Premature by almost 3 weeks. 

I’ve been so sensitive throughout my pregnancy journey. I’d been taking Isoxilan every 6 hours because I’ve always had episodes of spotting and contractions. I was even adviced by my OB-Gyn to stay on complete bedrest. 

On July 12, 2017, at around 12nn, my stomach started to hurt after I had my lunch. I ignored it because I thought I only ate too much rice. At 4pm I ate ice cream, then my stomach started to hurt again. It was so painful I started to cry. Jhon packed our stuff and decided to take me to the hospital. He texted my OB-Gyn, Dra. Kim D. Mantolino, and she advised us to go to Unihealth- Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center. 

We arrived at the ER at 6pm and they brought me to the labor room right away. They took my urine sample then they put a device on my stomach to monitor my baby’s heartbeat and contractions. The heartbeat was okay, but I was having contractions every 3-4 minutes. The OB conducted an IE and said I was at 2cm. They adviced me that I will be admitted for further monitoring because I was already on labor. 

Jhon got us a room and he paid a downpayment of Php5000.

The nurse inserted the IV with Isoxilan then they gave me 2 injections of steroids for my baby’s lungs to mature. They also gave me 2 injections of medicine that will sedate me so the contractions will weaken. After an hour, they said that I have UTI so they also had to give me antibiotics through IV, but they did a skin test first to make sure I wasn’t allergic to the antibiotic they’ll give.   At 2am, the OB conducted another IE. I was already at 4cm.

I stayed in the labor room for 14 hours because I was still having contractions every 3-4 minutes eventhough I was already sedated and given Isoxilan. Jhon and Jaden stayed in our room. 

At 8am the next day, the nurses brought me to my room because the contractions started to weaken and I stayed at 4cm. 

I was closely monitored by the nurses every hour. I was having bloody discharge and there was also blood everytime I pee. At 4pm, my OB-Gyn checked on me and she adviced me that I need to stay on complete bedrest to prevent the contractions from happening. 

At 5:30PM, my water broke. I was lying down then I felt that my bed was so wet. I immediately informed my OB-Gyn and the nurses brought me back to the labor room. There was no way we could stop my baby from coming out. I really had to give birth that same day. My doctor ordered the nurses to remove Isoxilan from my IV and they replaced it with Oxytocin for contractions. They also gave me 3 vials of Buscopan. When my OB-Gyn conducted an IE, I was already at 5cm. The contractions were really painful. I didn’t know what to do to stop the pain. I asked for epidural but my doctor said it was too early to give me epidural because the contractions might stop. After more than an hour of pain, I started to cry. My doctor called the anesthesiologist at 8pm because I was at 6cm. They brought me to the delivery room and that’s where the epidural was administered. I felt relieved after 10 minutes. The pain started to go away and I was able to smile again. I took a rest for an hour then the pain started to go back. At 10pm, I was at 9cm. The nurses started to position my feet on the right place because I was about to give birth. The anesthesiologist gave me another shot of anesthesia while my OB-Gyn was instructing me to push. 

On July 13, 2017, I gave birth via Normal Spontaneous Delivery at exactly 10:37PM. 

The nurses brought me to the recovery room and  my baby was brought to the nursery for further checking since I gave birth prematurely. I stayed in the recovery room for 2 hours. Then a nurse brought my baby to the recovery room so she can breastfeed. The pedia was also there and she told me that my baby will be brought to my room at 2am.

I was brought back to my room at 1am and I waited for an hour for my baby to be roomed-in, then the NICU nurse said she’ll bring my baby to my room at 4am because they were still monitoring her. At 4am, the nurses asked Jhon to go to the NICU. That’s when they said that my baby’s respiratory rate started to rise. The normal rate for a newborn is 40-60, but my baby’s respiratory rate was at 70-80. She needed oxygen as support. They also inserted an IV on her because she had an infection and they need to give her antibiotics. She also needed to have chest x-ray and blood culture to determine if the infection is in her lungs or blood. The pedia needed to rule out sepsis. 

I was so worried when Jhon explained it to me. I wanted to go to the NICU but the nurse told me to sleep first and visit my baby when I wake up. So I went to sleep and I woke up at 10am. I ate my breakfast and went to the NICU to check on my baby.

She is the most beautiful baby girl I have ever seen. It broke my heart to see her like that. It hurt me even more when the pedia told me that she needs to stay in the NICU for 7 days for further monitoring. I was allowed to stay there for an hour. I tried to latch but she didn’t want to. She only wanted to sleep the whole time. 

I went back to my room after an hour. I had my lunch and took a rest because my pain medications were making me dizzy. My OB-Gyn went to my room at 3pm and gave me discharge instructions. She said I can go home before lunch the next day. 

On July 15th, before 12nn, Jhon settled the bill so we could go home. We stayed in the hospital for 3 days, and our total bill was Php50,291.31. I was able to use my Philhealth so we got a deduction of Php5,000. Our bill went down to Php45,291.31

We went to the NICU again to visit our baby Julianna. The pedia said she still can’t breathe without oxygen, but at least she was negative of sepsis. They got my phone number and asked me to sign an acknowledgment letter that baby Julianna will be staying in the NICU for further monitoring. 

So far, her running bill is at Php28,000. They told us to prepare at least Php40,000 for the whole 7 days. 

We then went to the Medical Records Department for Julianna’s birth certificate encoding. I signed the papers and we were adviced that since Jhon and I are not married, we’ll need to go to the city hall to register Julianna’s birth certificate because we still need to submit our cedula and a notarized letter. We’ll get the signed certificate on July 21, 2017. I didn’t like their policy because when I gave birth to Jaden at St. Clare’s Hospital and Medical Center, we didn’t have to process the registration of his birth certificate eventhough Jhon and I are not married. The hospital staff processed it and there was no hassle for us. 

I’ll be visiting baby Julianna everyday at the NICU. Their visiting hours are 12nn-1pm and 5pm-6pm. 

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My 1st Birthing Story: St. Clare’s Medical Center-Makati

I gave birth to my first baby on March 31, 2015 in St. Clare’s Medical Center-Makati. Right now I’m 26 weeks pregnant and I just thought about my first birthing experience. Let me share the details with you to the best of what I can remember 😁

I was supposed to have my prenatal check-up on March 31, 2015 at 2pm. Jhon and I were about to eat lunch at 11:30am when my water bag broke. He immediately took the baby bag and brought me to St. Clare’s Medical Center in Dian St., Palanan, Makati City. While on the way, he called my OB-Gyne, Dra. Kim Dela Rosa-Mantolino, to tell her that my water bag broke. 

We’ve reached the hospital at 12noon and I was assisted in the ER. The nurses interviewed me and made me sign some papers that I don’t remember what for. They also inserted the IV line and made me wear the hospital gown. They told Jhon to pay the deposit of Php15,000 at the Billing Area, then they brought me to the labor room at 12:30pm.

At the labor room, there was a different OB-Gyne who conducted an IE on me because Dra. Kim was still in Borough Medical Clinic-MOA. She told me I was at 2cm. There was another machine that the nurses used to monitor my baby’s heartbeat, and they also put oxygen in my nose. I started to cry because of the intense pain. When my OB-Gyne arrived, I told her that I can’t tolerate the pain anymore. She told me that she can order to give me epidural anesthesia when I reach 4cm. She ordered the nurse to give me Buscopan through IV. She talked to Jhon about giving me an epidural because my pain tolerance is low to none. Jhon enetered the labor room to check on me for 5 minutes. The pain was no joke. I thought I was gonna die. My tummy contracts every 2 minutes and it was reaaally freaking painful. The nurses and anesthesiologist were trying to calm me down and stop me from crying. 

In the labor room! 😆
At 2:30PM, I reached 4cm. The anesthesiologist started to give me epidural with the help of 4 nurses. It was so painful because the needle was big, but when the epidural was given to me, I felt numb after 10 minutes. I fell asleep at 3pm. 

At 7:30PM, Dra. Kim woke me up and told me I was already at 8cm and she taught me the right way of pushing my baby down. She told me to give my full force without opening my mouth and making any sound, and hold my breath for 10 seconds until she tells me to let go. 

After a few minutes, the nurses transferred me to the delivery room. There were 6 nurses, an anesthesiologist and a pediatrician inside the delivery room. I wasn’t feeling any pain because of the epidural. I was awake the whole time. After 4 pushes, I finally gave birth via NSD. Baby out 7:46PM, placenta out 7:49PM! 😍😁 It was a bouncing handsome baby boy!😍❤️

The nurses and the pedia cleaned my son while my OB-Gyne stitched me. I could feel the needle and thread but there was no pain at all. 

They brought Jaden to me to breastfeed for the first time and we took pictures! 😊

After that, they brought Jaden outside to show him to Jhon and bring him to the Nursery.

I was brought to the Recovery Room and stayed there for an hour, then the nurses brought me to my room where Jhon waited.

Jaden was roomed-in after 24 hours. 

We stayed in the hospital for 2 days. Our total bill was Php54,000. I wasn’t able to use my Philhealth for the discount because I wasn’t able to have the CF1 Form signed by our company HR. 

We went home on April 2, 2015 at 11am. We were given the documents and other stuff for remembrance, which I found really nice. ☺️

My overall experience with St. Clare’s Medical Center was fine. The nurses were all nice and prompt to attend to my needs, the facilities were okay, the room was clean, and the food they served weren’t bad at all. I’m planning to give birth here again to my second baby, although I’m also considering giving birth at Unihealth Parañaque Hospital and Medical Center because my OB-Gyn is also affiliated there and she told me it’s a new hospital. I think they’ve only been established 2 years ago. The maternity package there is also cheaper compared to St. Clare’s because my sister-in-law gave birth there yesterday via CS and her total bill was only Php58,000. Their NSD rate would probably be just around 35k-45k.

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Our experience with St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City

My son needed to be hospitalized again due to on-off fever, cough & colds, and diarrhea. I had to go to work that time so I decided to bring him to St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, because my office is only 2 streets away.
I want to share our experience with SLMC-BGC.
Admission dates: December 4, 2015 to December 7, 2015
December 3, 2015: We went to the emergency room to have my baby checked. We were then advised by the ER doctor that Jaden needs to be admitted to monitor his fever and diarrhea. So we agreed and waited to be transferred to our room. 

We were given choices of rooms to avail, and we chose the Private De Luxe room which costs Php4,150 per day. Quite expensive, but it was nice, they said. They said they were going to process it so we waited at the ER for quite a long time. It took them 3 hours to get back to us. So anyway, we were transferred to our room at 3am of December 4th. 
I was totally impressed at how the room looks like. It was somehow like a hotel room. There was a 32-inch Sony Bravia flat tv, dvd player, a cabinet with a few hangers, a medium-sized refrigerator, bed-side table, a safety volt, a wide sofa that could be used as a bed, 1 rectangular table with an office chair, 1 round table with 2 chairs, and a LaZboy chair. On the bedside table there was our hospital kit. It had a face towel, a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste in it. There was also a hand disinfectant and 2 trash bins in our room.

The bathroom was nice. It was quite big for a hospital room. It had a shower room, a toilet bowl with bidet, a large mirror, a nice sink, and 2 trash bins. The water on the shower had a hot&cold option. When we came in, there was already a bath towel, bar of soap and tissue paper in the bathroom. 

The nurse introduced herself and walked us through the stuff in our room. By the way, SLMC-GC has a hospital-wide free wifi. 😄
Every nurse who was assigned to my son had politely introduced the new nurse to us before her shift ends. It’s nice to say that the nurses are kind and good-looking. You wouldn’t see any of them without a smile on their faces. There was a whiteboard near the bed and the nurses would write the date and their names on it whenever they would change shifts. There was also a big medicine box in our room where the nurses kept Jaden’s medicines so it doesn’t look messy.


The food they served were all so delicious! You wouldn’t feel like you are just in a hospital because of the food they serve. On our first day, they served us ham&cheese croissant for breakfast. For lunch and dinner they served a complete set of meal. Rice, carbs, protein, fruits and veggies.

The room was cleaned daily and they provided a new tissue roll and bar of soap everyday.

On our second day, a representative from SLMC Patient Experience Family came in and she gave Jaden a get-well-soon balloon. We didn’t expect to receive anything like that so we were honestly amazed at how they take care of their patients. They showed quality service beyond expectations. 

Overall, my hubby and I are satisfied and impressed with St. Luke’s Medical Center – Global City; from the high-technology & top of the line equipment to the quality service they’ve provided. We’ve never experienced anything like that from other hospitals before.

We stayed in SLMC-GC for 3 days and our total bill was Php50,544.78👀

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Our experience with Los Baños Doctors Hospital and Medical Center

 It was my son’s first time to be admitted in a hospital 3 weeks ago. We were staying in my grandmother’s house in Los Baños, Laguna so when my son needed to be hospitalized, we went to LBDHMC. Let me share with you our experience with them.

Admission Dates: November 11, 2015 to November 16, 2015.

So on the evening of November 11, 2015, around 9pm, we went to the ER of LBDHMC. We were advised that my son needed to be admitted due to consistent fever and cough. It was a quick process, actually, as we only stayed for less than an hour in the ER before we got transferred to our designated room. 

We chose to avail of the Regular Private Room, which costs Php1700 per day. They gave us a hospital kit that has a toothbrush, a sachet of toothpaste, a small piece of soap, cotton balls, tissue roll, a glass, digital thermometer, face towel and alcohol. The wifi isn’t included in the room rate. It has its own rate of Php180 per day and we had to call the IT guy to have our gadgets connected. 

The room was okay, though I wasn’t so impressed because I’m used to being in nicer hospitals in Metro Manila. But, it was okay. It was just a small room with a bed, an old airconditioning unit, a small refrigerator and an old, small television. The bathroom was also small but it was clean. Nothing much to complain about.

As for their service, it was great! The nurses were all so kind, they always came in the room when I call them, and they were always smiling.I can say that my baby liked them too because whenever they would come in the room he would laugh and play with them. 

I would recommend this hospital to everyone in Laguna because I’ve had a far better experience here than in its competitor hospital in the town.

We stayed there for 5 days, and our total bill was Php31,028.66. It was lower than what I expected to pay so that made me happy. 😁