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My Breastfeeding story.

As i’ve mentioned before, TMC had a no-bottle policy. If the mom is in the capacity to breastfeed they are encouraged to exclusively breastfeed. Good thing is they have seminars/talks that teaches and helps moms to be to prepare for breastfeeding.

I  per sē was not able to attend one. I was still going to work up until my 37th week or so. What i did was to read up on articles how to breastfeed and blogs also helps. Also, i was able to breastfeed Keilah but only until her 3rd month. And sadly she was mixed fed. But she’s ok. She turned out to be healthy and smart. We thank God for the covering He has on her. She was never admitted/confined in a hospital. She’s 4 years old now and we’ve been hearing positive praises about her every now and then from families even some strangers. everytime the pedia sees how she interacts with Shiloh she always says that she has a mature mind in her. We’re so proud of her.

Going back, when Shiloh came out after about 3-5 minutes in the delivery room.. yes! we’re that quick. 😀 its like we’re a well oiled machine – we got in, and we went out in less than an hour. anyway, when she came out the nurse had to make her latch on me to feed. I think its called breast crawl. She didn’t crawl more like she was placed on top of me very near the breast. She didn’t feed much, after-which i was wheeled into the recovery room. This video is amazing, a new born have the innate instinct to crawl to feed on the mother’s breast. God truly is amazing:

For you will nurse and be satisfied at her comforting breasts; you will drink deeply and delight in her overflowing abundance.” – ISAIAH 66:11

Shortly after, Shiloh joined me in the recovery room. I remember feeling so tired and then when she was wheeled-in in that small trolley like case (for lack of better term to call it) i was rejuvenated and i wanted to carry her, but i was advised to lie still because of the [epidural]drip on my back. she was fed there again. this time she latched immediately and for a longer time. she’s so precious, i remember thinking and thanking God for entrusting me with this one helpless creature with so much potential of His promises.

I was so proud of Shiloh, she didn’t have to stay in the nursery. she’s so strong and healthy. when i was cleared to leave the recovery room she was also wheeled out after me. she sleeps most of the time. i only carried her when its time for her to be fed. though i feel so exhausted and tired, i know God gave me the strenght to get up carry her and feed her. which i was very much willing to do. i read somewhere that a new born’s stomach is no bigger than a cherry so i didn’t fessed up when she’d feed for a short time and then sleep. this is us the first night:
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I fell asleep feeding her, which is not much advisable but paul was awake that time looking after us.
The day when we were about to be discharged a couple of ladies from the lactation center in TMC came to the room to orient me and gave me a log sheet to track baby’s feeding, urine and poop. i had questions and they were very much willing to answer and assist me. they even thought me the proper feeding position and massage i could do to promote the breastmilk to “let down” they even demonstrated it with me and shiloh of course. so all in all it was a good experience for me at TMC. 😀

Fast forward to when we were at home, we decided to exclusively feed her so no back up formula for us there. one thing that helped me is the log sheet. everytime i get to check something i feel so accomplished. it was a challenge for me since it hurts when i feed sometimes. the lactating expert told me that it was not supposed to hurt that it must be because she was not latching correctly. more details on that later, but for now this is the log sheet they gave me. they said that i was to show it to shiloh’s pedia when we go for her first check up:
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So imagine me, even in the wee hours of the night – feeding, burping at times changing her diaper and then crossing out some of our goal. it’s a bit tiring but being the goal oriented that i am i really wanted to cross out all those charts. it also made me look forward for another day. that’s as simple as it got for us. i was also thankful for my partner and personal nurse paul. he was so supportive that he didn’t bothered me with anything else. there was a time i wanted to quit feeding because of the pain – he encouraged me that this is a good thing for us and a great experience for me and the baby. he would cook all sorts of food he could put malunggay in. he even involved our keilah with it:
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until now i was still able to give breastmilk for Shiloh. i returned to work about 3 months ago and i thank God everyday that He is providing for my Shiloh. I am also thankful with ACN that they are very supportive with moms@work. They have a room in the clinic where mommies can go to pump while at work. so that was my routine day in and day out at work. i had to pump anyway because if not, it would leak and you don’t want a wet blouse at work. whenever i would take time to pump, i realized that when i look at shiloh’s pictures or watch her video the milk “let down” is stronger. it makes it easier for me to store milk.

another thing that helped me and encouraged me to breastfeed and pump as well is instagram. when i’m feeding shiloh i would grab that phone and search for #breastfeeding or #breastmilk. seeing those other moms feeding as well and reading some comments makes me feel to want to feed her more and or produce more. i really admire @fordy3(Marianne Ford) .. she is sooooooooo amazing. i followed her in instagram. she had a twin which she tandem feeds and then she pumps afterwards and also donates breastmilk. now i think she’s exclusively pumping and was able to produce 32 oz. in one session… sooo uh-ma-zing! and she’s so accommodating with the questions.

i decided that i would breastfeed as much as i could for as long as i could. there are days that are disappointing for me especially when i can’t pump enough milk for her. i was not able to stash milk during my maternity leave so i go by it day by day. we decided to take it one day at a time. no stress. i do pray everyday that God would give us more milk. for as long as God enables me, i would like to feed Shiloh with it. before i thought that when i go back to work we would wean her to mix feed with formula milk, but it didn’t pan-out.. which is a good thing i think. here’s some helpful visuals for mom and mom to be:
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Emotional video.

cutest video yet.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nIsCs9_-LP8

but this one’s my all time favorite.

 
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Posted by on 07-Feb-14 in Random Post

 

Preparing for baby #2 prt 2.

This is a post way overdue as Baby #2 is now 5 months old.

I just want to share some preparations i had before the big day and also i just had NOW as the perfect time to blog again. baby #2 is still sleeping. 😉

So.. months even weeks before my scheduled due date i had been making up check lists from what to bring to the hospital to what we need at home for the new baby. I also had to prepare form and documents we would need in the hospital. Here’s the hospital bay cheat sheet i had:
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I also prepared a mock birth certificate, this is to avoid the misspelled names and other details that entails a load of headache in the future.

I had bought a long clear folder where i put my documents, ultrasounds and laboratory tests from my pre-natal check ups.

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I had to be efficient before i give birth because i have the tendency to be very absent minded during the day itself. knowing myself and from my previous birth, i cannot be bothered with anything else especially when something is kicking her way out of my pelvis. So whenever i had to add something to the sleeves of the folder like the latest utrasound or lab result or the very important MDR, i had to let paul know where it is exactly. He knows the drill.

Speaking of MDR, i took advantage of my pregnancy state to take all the government IDs i need. I remember i had a day when after i had my prenatal check up in TMC, i went to SSS pasig to apply for UMID. I didn’t had to fall in line. Being the girls scout that i am, i had the form ready so i skipped step #1. i went straight to the priority lane. The perks of being pregnant for once, After SSS i went to PhilHealth which is fortunately only a jeepney ride away since they transferred from their old building to the one along San Miguel avenue. Again i was prioritized. I had my MDR and a PhilHealth ID. So that’s that..

Next, our HMO. I had to be very clear with our coverage since we opted to give birth at TMC. I looked for my previous OB-Gyne. She used to have a lying-in but then she transferred to Pasay and then back to Mandaluyong. But this time she don’t have her lying-in clinic anymore. We didn’t want to give birth at VRP again for some personal reasons. Going back to our HMO, i had this running joke at the office that on the day of giving birth i would muster my strength to hold it back until i have a go-signal from our HMO rep that EVERYTHING i mean EVERYTHING is covered. i made about 2 to 3 calls confirming our insurance/coverage.

One of the finds that was helpful was this pad. This is japan made and i found it more useful than the usual maternity pads in the market. My Ate showed me the 29cm which can be used for heavy menstrual flow. This one is 35cm and i found it very reliable. My previous OB discouraged me from using an adult diaper. Though it catches all the bleeding, there’s not much air flow and i agree the i am more comfortable using pads. I also had to use a disposable if not an old undies because there is no saving it when it comes to post natal bleeding. i had no qualms throwing it all out once it got stained.

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For baby’s clothes. i had to put them on a separate bag. just some sanitary caution. Had to take extra care for the new born 😉 What’s inside this bag is on the list, clothes for changing and for going home.

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I guess this is it for now. Will be blogging again when i have the time.

 

Testing … testing

I’ve been so behind in my blog. Since I gave birth I’ve had my hands full day in and day out.

So…

I’m trying out WordPress’ app on my phone. This way I can still do some writing even on the run…
Hope this pan-out

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Posted by on 11-Jan-14 in Möm@work, Random Post

 

Preparing for baby #2

1st Post:

baby_girlSo i’m about to give in a few weeks/days time.

I’ve been going to Dra. Perona from TMC as my OB-GYNE. She’s covered both by Maxicare (ACN HMO) and Intellicare (IBM HMO). I am going to avail the maternity benefit from Intellicare for my delivery so i’m looking around blogs and forums about experiences in giving birth at TMC; packages, rates and other needfuls.

So far i got this info from http://www.asktmc.com:

Delivery Package

Normal Delivery:

  • Php 50,030.00
  • Inclusive of Professional fees for Attending Physician & Anesthesiologist, Delivery fee:
    Room & Board (max of 3 days ward accomodation upon admission)
    Supplies (limited), in excess of the supplies covered by the package will be charged as regular rate.
  • Inclusive anesthesia (one shot epidural)
  • New born screening and hearing test for baby
  • 6 hrs. stay in nursery
  • Professional fee of Pediatrician
    *additional 6,000 for epidural anesthesia plus Anesthesiologist Fee (on top of PF included in the package)

Caesarian Delivery:

  • Php 72,055.00
  • Inclusive of Professional fees for Attending Physician & Anesthesiologist, Delivery fee:
    Room & Board (max. of 5 days ward accommodation upon admission)
    Supplies (limited), in excess of the supplies covered by the package will be charged as regular rate.
  • Inclusive  spinal anesthesia
  • New born screening and hearing test for baby
  • 24 hrs. stay in nursery
  • Professional fee of Pediatrician

* additional 6,000 for epidural anesthesia plus Anesthesiologist Fee (on top of PF included in the package)

IMPORTANT

  1. Delivery Packages are based on Published Rate
  2. Delivery Packages may only be availed upon Attending Physician’s recommendation/endorsement.
  3. An initial deposit of P20,000.00 is required upon admission.
  4. Private Room accommodation is not eligible for Delivery Package.
  5. Above rates may change without prior notice.
  6. Room-in required (per Government directive) unless otherwise contraindicated

NON-DELIVERY PACKAGE

As of August 2010 (based on LOCAL RATES)   ESTIMATION PRICE ONLY

Normal Delivery:

  • Procedure                                                                Php 28,000-30,000
  • Pre-Labor / Labor Room / Recovery Room
    1st 6hrs.use of Labor Room
    Additional hour for Labor Room                                 Php 715
  • Recovery Room 2hrs. – 3hrs. of stay additional charges per hour it depends on the room they avail
  • Accommodation (it depends on the room type they avail) (Please see room rates)
  • Professional Fee of Doctors (Anesthesiologist / OB-Gyne / Pedia)
    PF of Doctors may check with their corresponding doctors
  • Supplies & Medicines
    It depends on the needs of the baby and mother

Ceasaerian Delivery:

  • Procedure                                                                Php 30,000-35,000
  • Labor Room / Recovery Room
  • Recovery Room 2hrs. – 3hrs. of stay additional charges per hour it depends on the room they avail
  • Accommodation (it depends on the room type they avail) (Please see room rates)
  • Professional Fee of Doctors (Anesthesiologist / OB-Gyne / Pedia)
    PF of Doctors may check with their corresponding doctors
  • Supplies & Medicines
    It depends on the needs of the baby and mother

NEW BORN SCREENING                                                            Php 826
HEARING TEST                                                                           Php 476
HEPATITIS B VACCINE (WITH SYRINGE / VACCINE)                    Php 665
ROOMING IN of Baby per day                                                       Php 1,100
SICK BABY & WELL BABY BOARD per Day (NURSERY)              Php 2, 360

*Applicable to all
*Separate bill for the baby

Lamaze Room (Labor Watch during Labor):

  • Procedure                  Php 28,000-30,000
    Pre-Labor / Labor Room / Recovery Room
    1st 6hrs.use of Labor Room
    Additional hour for Labor Room                                 Php 935
  • Recovery Room 2hrs. – 3hrs. of stay
    additional charges per hour it depends on the room they avail
  • Accommodation (it depends on the room type they avail) (Please see room rates)
  • Professional Fee of Doctors (Anesthesiologist / OB-Gyne / Pedia)
    PF of Doctors may check with their corresponding doctors
  • Supplies & Medicines
    It depends on the needs of the baby and mother

Birthing Suite (Labor Watch during Labor):

  • Procedure                                                                Php 33,000-35,000
    Pre-Labor / Labor Room / Recovery Room
    1st 6hrs.use of Labor Room
    Additional hour for Labor Room                                 Php 935
  • Room Accommodation per day at Birthing Suite          Php 12,000
  • Or you may choose your prefer room after 1 day (Please see room rates)
  • Professional Fee of Doctors (Anesthesiologist / OB-Gyne / Pedia)
    PF of Doctors may check with their corresponding doctors
  • Supplies & Medicines
    It depends on the needs of the baby and mother

* Addiotional 50 % for the price of the procedure (delivery) done during Sundays and Holidays as per Brenda of Delivery Suite.

THE MEDICAL CITY                      ROOM RATES (2010)

ROOM CLASSIFICATION

AMENITIES

PUBLISHED RATE

AREA

Business Center Facility at the 15th Floor Available to ALL Room Classification
PRESIDENTIAL FLOOR – 15/F Nursing Tower 1 Bldg.
Presidential Suite Sofa Bed, Dresser, 3-Seater Waiting Sofa, Lounger, Coffee Table, Dining Table, 21″ TV with DVD Player, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, Microwave Oven ,  With divider to separate patient from visitors, & Web Surfing Internet Connection (for Laptop Users) PHP 23,530.00 71 sq. m
Executive Suite Room  Sofa Bed, Coffee Table, 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, Microwave Oven,  With divider to separate patient from visitors, with Web Surfing Internet Connection (for Laptop Users) PHP 11,180.00 31 sq.m
Premier Suite  Sofa Bed,   Side Table, 14″ TV,  5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, with Web Surfing Internet Connection (for Laptop Users) PHP 7,650.00 22-24 sq. m
CENTER FOR WELLNESS & AESTHETICS – 7th Floor Podium Bldg.
Wellness Suite Sofa Bed, Dresser, 3-Seater Waiting Sofa, Lounger, Coffee Table, Dining Table, 32″ LCD HDTV with DVD player,  5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, Microwave Oven ,  With divider to separate patient from visitors PHP 14,120.00 71 sq. m
Executive Suite Room  Sofa Bed, Coffee Table, 32″ HDTV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, Microwave Oven, With divider to separate patient from visitors. PHP 11,180.00 31 sq.m
Premier Suite  Sofa Bed,   Side Table, 32″ TV,  5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone. PHP 7,650.00 22-24 sq. m
De Luxe  Sofa Bed, 32″ HDTV,  5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone. PHP 4,710.00 22-24 sq. m
5/F Nursing Tower 1 Bldg.
Birthing Suite  Sofa Bed, 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone PHP 14,120.00 49 sq. m
with additional Php 10,000 for delivery charge
4/F – 14/F /LG Nursing Tower 1 Bldg.
RAI RM. De Luxe  Sofa Bed, 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone PHP 7,650.00
RAI RM. Superior  Sofa Bed, 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone PHP 6,825.00
De Luxe  Sofa Bed, 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone PHP 4,710.00 24 sq. m
Superior 14″ TV, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator, Telephone, 3 Seater Sofa PHP 3,885.00 18 sq. m
Standard A 14″ TV, Telephone, Bench Bed, 5 cu.ft. Refrigerator PHP 3,120.00 14 sq. m
Standard B 14″ TV, Telephone, Bench Bed PHP 2,825.00 14 sq. m
Semi-Private 2 patients in a room w/ 14″ TV, Bench Bed PHP 1,825.00 24 sq. m
WARD FLOOR – 6/F & LGA Nursing Tower 1 Bldg.
Ward 6 patients in a room w/  2 toilets and 1 shower room PHP 1,180.00
3 patients in a room w/  1 toilet and 1 shower room PHP 1,475.00
Ward OB separated by wall w/ varifold door PHP 1,765.00
3/F Nursing Tower 1 Bldg. / LOWER GROUND
ICU A PHP 5,650.00
ICU B PHP 6,240.00
ICU C – Adult Cardiac PHP 5,650.00
ICU – Adult Medical Surgery PHP 5,650.00
ICU – Pedia PHP 5,650.00
ICU – Telemetry PHP 5,000.00
Acute Stroke Unit PHP 5,295.00
Psychiatry- Isolation PHP 3,295.00
Psychiatry- Ward (Male) PHP 2,295.00
Psychiatry- Ward (Female) PHP 2,295.00

* I’ve asked for an updated rate and will post it here once i got a response.

 
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Posted by on 21-Aug-13 in Maternité, Random Post

 

Rx realization

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As i was filling out our medical reimbursement form, i can’t help but tear up. I often use nanay’s medical receipts/bills for the reimbursement in a way to help out. This fiscal year, it was reduced from 15k to 5k 😦 they said that the 10k was redistributed to our monthly allowance.

The last time i asked for receipts from nanay, tatay handed me a plastic full of receipts and consultaions notes. as i skimmed through it i feel helpless. nanay is really sick. that is why everytime we go visit mandaluyong i am very thankful whenever i see her in the window looking out and sometimes talking with our neighbors which makes me forget what she’s going through. Somehow my personal problems doesn’t seem so big anymore.

I claim healing in Jesus’ name! God is a god who heals!

I PRAISE GOD FOR GIVING NANAY 61 YEARS.
I PRAISE GOD FOR MY SENIOR CITIZEN PARENTS
I PRAISE GOD FOR THE NEXT YEARS THAT HE WILL BLESS US WITH THEM.

 

 
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Posted by on 27-Nov-12 in Random Post

 

Why halloween is not for my kids…

source: https://i2.wp.com/1.bp.blogspot.com/-UMjkGYE2U2g/Tqp3bGnvuXI/AAAAAAAAAGE/8e258Q9GF2M/s1600/No+Halloween.jpgThe end of the month is coming and more and more i’ve been seeing scary costumes and masks everywhere; pumpkins being turned into jack-o’lantern. we’ll atleast for us we don’t have the real thing here; and party invitations to bring my kid/s to participate in trick-or-treat

First of all, i don’t see any reference to celebrating the “feast of the dead” in the Bible. What i know is that death is the result of sin:
1 Corinthians 15:54-57
Then, when our dying bodies have been transformed into bodies that will never die, this Scripture will be fulfilled:
“Death is swallowed up in victory.
O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.
(NLT)
So logic would dictate, that celebrating it would also mean celebrating sin.. and that is a clearly not in the Bible.

We are just beginning to build our kids’ relationship with Christ and I am not about to confuse them with these kind of ‘festivities’.

I know that this would bring about yet another “kill-joy” statement. They might say that it’s just another event and we don’t have to be legalistic about it or ‘religious’. But we should know better:
Ephesians 6:11-18 “take your stand against the devil’s schemes.”
And to quote a somewhat relevant movie line “The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” But we don’t have to push our beliefs to them, just letting them know that this is my and my family’s stand. If they say that my kids would be missing out or they are being deprived; i’d say as long as they can’t make their own decisions yet, they’re still living under our care and that they are a few things they still need to know on actions and consequences they will have to trust and obey us – their parents. OR if they find something to defend what they want to do written in the Bible and they make a very good argument about it, we might sway our way 😉 that’s one way to know that they are really reading and studying the word.

The important thing is not what other people would say but how we could help our kids live according to the WORD not according to this WORLD.. it may not be about halloween, other things/celebrations may be invented, or they would stumble upon something they are not sure how to decide – we want them to learn how to respond according to God’s ways following the example of Christ (1 Cor 11:1), they won’t be living with us forever. We can only say so much to them, the older they get the less authority we have over their decisions. We have to teach [them].. to distinguish between the unclean and clean (Eze 44:23).

As parents God has given us a blessing and at the same time a responsibility:
Matthew 18:6 – “if anyone causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin…”

Our battle on this is not about the people who celebrate halloween or those who feel differently about it but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Eph 6:12).

 
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Posted by on 21-Oct-12 in Random Post