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Brucewayne

Thought I would share a quick summary of our recent experience having a baby here. Hope if can be of use/reference for someone in the future.

 

My wife had a natural (vaginal) delivery at Asian Hospital & Medical Center in Alabang (NCR). We were in the pre-delivery/triage area for about 12 hours (induced labor) and in the actual delivery room for about 1 1/2 hours. In the delivery room were 2 OBs (including her own OB), an anesthesiologist, a pediatrician  and 3 or 4 nurses. I was surprised at the level of professional attention. Asian hospital has a really nice birthing center called Genesis center. She spent 2 nights in a private suite. The nursing staff were all very attentive and from what I could tell very competent as well. They literally waited on my wife hand and foot. Anytime the baby was moved for whatever reason, they had a practice of having a security escort to accompany whoever was moving the baby.  The room was like a high end hotel suite with a hospital bed, complete with its own climate control. My wife wasn't too keen on the food, but ate mostly home made stuff being made and delivered by the entourage of female family members who were camped at our place. Two overnight guests were allowed in the room, but I opted to go home and sleep in my bed. Her mom had fun camping out there with her though. 

 

The total bill was around 102,000 PHP. We were told to expect between 90k-120k. I even mentally prepared myself for up to 150k as kano tax. But there was none. In fact the bill could have been reduced by about 6000 but I chose to upgrade her room at check in time. It was the least I could do for all she was about to go through. Also my wife hasn't maintained her Philhealth so there were no discounts from that. 

 

I really can't think of anything to complain about to be honest. The bill came in right around what we were expecting it to be, and right in line with what Filipino couples we know who had children there paid. I also did not get the feeling at any time that they were trying to bamboozle us or charge foreigner prices for anything. And I have a pretty good nose for that having been here in a personal and professional capacity for around 8 years now.

 

The only thing that was slightly annoying is they go a bit overboard with the breastfeeding policy. Yes, I get it, it is best for the baby, but if mom's milk hasn't come in yet, the kid needs to eat. Yes they did give her formula, but IMO should have done so sooner and are too hung up on the nipple confusion thing. They try to make the baby suck the formula from a cup. Well she is home now, and I can tell you she's not confused at all with nipples. When she is hungry she sucks on either the real one or the bottle one without hesitation. Even the attending pediatrician asked my wife if she had offered her a bottle and wasn't concerned with strict adherence to the policy. I can see it being an issue with parents in poverty who may not be able to afford buying formula on an ongoing basis, but that is clearly not the case here. Also, there is evidence on both sides as to whether there is appreciable advantage to breast milk over formula long term. For example, breast milk tends to be deficient in vitamin D, and so do a lot of babies. For safety's sake we always offer her a bottle after breast feeding to ensure she gets enough. I was bottle fed and am built like a brick shit house, have never had  flu shot in my life and maybe get a cold once a year, twice maximum. 

 

As some of you know we were in the US when we found out the good news of her pregnancy, and we struggled with the decision of whether to have the baby here or there. I would 100% without hesitation do it here again. 

 

Wow!

The price of simple childbirth has really gone up since our daughter was born in 2008.

I only paid P30,000 all inclusive, including the VIP suite, but no forced labor and we only stayed one night before going home.

The OB did tell us to expect a possible cesarean which would push the price up to about P80,000 if it was necessary, but thank goodness, it wasn't.

My wife is only 4'10" and weighs only about 80lbs at any given time and the baby weighed 7lbs. 3oz which is considered big for a woman of Nida's size.

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Paul

 

 

I would 100% without hesitation do it here again. 

 

Let's wait and see what she says, about having another one, anywhere. :D

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samatm

mine cost 20K in 1999 at Med City Ortigas....  At the time I was a bit shocked at the (appalling) conditions in one of the best Manila Hospitals...    I think 102K 2014 pesos at the fancy new hospital  is quite a bargain.  

 

 

Blessing with your new baby...   talk about a life changer (this is your first right) .      

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Monsoon

 

 

mine cost 20K in 1999 at Med City Ortigas....

 

I have never been inside Medical City. I have been in Chung Hua and can say that it looks like a run down shit hole compared to Asian Hospital. 

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spooks

Thought I would share a quick summary of our recent experience having a baby here. Hope if can be of use/reference for someone in the future.

 

My wife had a natural (vaginal) delivery at Asian Hospital & Medical Center in Alabang (NCR). We were in the pre-delivery/triage area for about 12 hours (induced labor) and in the actual delivery room for about 1 1/2 hours. In the delivery room were 2 OBs (including her own OB), an anesthesiologist, a pediatrician  and 3 or 4 nurses. I was surprised at the level of professional attention. Asian hospital has a really nice birthing center called Genesis center. She spent 2 nights in a private suite. The nursing staff were all very attentive and from what I could tell very competent as well. They literally waited on my wife hand and foot. Anytime the baby was moved for whatever reason, they had a practice of having a security escort to accompany whoever was moving the baby.  The room was like a high end hotel suite with a hospital bed, complete with its own climate control. My wife wasn't too keen on the food, but ate mostly home made stuff being made and delivered by the entourage of female family members who were camped at our place. Two overnight guests were allowed in the room, but I opted to go home and sleep in my bed. Her mom had fun camping out there with her though. 

 

The total bill was around 102,000 PHP. We were told to expect between 90k-120k. I even mentally prepared myself for up to 150k as kano tax. But there was none. In fact the bill could have been reduced by about 6000 but I chose to upgrade her room at check in time. It was the least I could do for all she was about to go through. Also my wife hasn't maintained her Philhealth so there were no discounts from that. 

 

I really can't think of anything to complain about to be honest. The bill came in right around what we were expecting it to be, and right in line with what Filipino couples we know who had children there paid. I also did not get the feeling at any time that they were trying to bamboozle us or charge foreigner prices for anything. And I have a pretty good nose for that having been here in a personal and professional capacity for around 8 years now.

 

The only thing that was slightly annoying is they go a bit overboard with the breastfeeding policy. Yes, I get it, it is best for the baby, but if mom's milk hasn't come in yet, the kid needs to eat. Yes they did give her formula, but IMO should have done so sooner and are too hung up on the nipple confusion thing. They try to make the baby suck the formula from a cup. Well she is home now, and I can tell you she's not confused at all with nipples. When she is hungry she sucks on either the real one or the bottle one without hesitation. Even the attending pediatrician asked my wife if she had offered her a bottle and wasn't concerned with strict adherence to the policy. I can see it being an issue with parents in poverty who may not be able to afford buying formula on an ongoing basis, but that is clearly not the case here. Also, there is evidence on both sides as to whether there is appreciable advantage to breast milk over formula long term. For example, breast milk tends to be deficient in vitamin D, and so do a lot of babies. For safety's sake we always offer her a bottle after breast feeding to ensure she gets enough. I was bottle fed and am built like a brick shit house, have never had  flu shot in my life and maybe get a cold once a year, twice maximum. 

 

As some of you know we were in the US when we found out the good news of her pregnancy, and we struggled with the decision of whether to have the baby here or there. I would 100% without hesitation do it here again. 

we had our second one there and had similar experience except we got hit for an additional 50 thou plus as it was a C section

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Monsoon
we had our second one there and had similar experience except we got hit for an additional 50 thou plus as it was a C section

 

That sounds about right. We were told 150-200k for C section. 

 

I really respect my wife's doctor for not pushing the C section, she really gave her a legitimate (and successful) chance to have the baby vaginally. I have heard they tend to push C sections on women here. My wife really didn't want a C section so I was glad she got her wish. I even heard the other OB mention it in the delivery room but my wife's doctor said they would continue unless the baby's vitals changed. 

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My wife was in the delivery room giving birth naturally until they said the baby's head was stuck in my wife's pelvis and was in distress. Because of that, we did the C-section thing. The OB/GYN promised a bikini cut with a scar that would barely show, and she delivered. Now, there is barely any sign of a scar. The OB/GYN should have been a plastic surgeon, her work was so good.

 

I still don't know if the baby was actually in distress or they just hadn't properly attached the monitor to my wife's tummy (which I suspect), but I was in no condition to argue or even voice concerns because I had food poisoning from eating in the hospital cafeteria the day before when we went in for an ultrasound and wasn't exactly feeling well myself.

 

So...we got a C-section and a perfect, healthy baby (which of course was the only important thing to us anyway). I was in the delivery room, but couldn't go into the operating room for the C-section. Using first the delivery room and then the operating room (along with the doctors' charges, meds, procedures, tests, and a three nights in the hospital in a suite) cost us 160,000 pesos total. That was 2 1/2 years ago.

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Knowdafish

50K for a c-section, all inclusive, 3 years ago at Silliman hospital here in Dumaguete which is as good as you can get here. It would have been 25K if our Phil Health had kicked in. 100K for a natural childbirth seems a bit pricey in comparison, but I am sure the two hospitals don't compare. 

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MattFromGA

We paid 100k PHP at cebu doc in downtown Cebu in 2008.  We recently had a child in the USA without insurance.  Cost was a bit over $20k USD.  Looks like you made the right choice.

 

Also, all our children currently have dual citizenship, but the one born in Cebu I think is qualified more as a Filipino as he was born there.

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Borinquen

My fiancee is having fraternal twins, was 4'10" and 88lbs pre preg... Is now 107lbs and continuously told she'll have a Csection. Been to Makati Medical Center (OB from there), St Lukes in Global City, and Medical City Ortigas. Every place has quoted no less than 200k (she has PhilHealth, so might get something back). Going to check Alabang in a few hours after reading this experience.

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samatm

My fiancee is having fraternal twins, was 4'10" and 88lbs pre preg... Is now 107lbs  

 

 

Talk about a baby bump !    Good luck and  God Bless your new beginnings.  

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ed villas

 

 

Every place has quoted no less than 200k (she has PhilHealth, so might get something back)

 

try Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital

. you can save alot and good support staff, best of all its very  low cost.

C section was under 5k w/philhealth

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JohnSurrey

Glad I'm in Leyte.... ours was around 12k after standard PhilHealth deduction of 6.5k...most of that was the cost of the room for a few days.

 

Another coming soon (different hospital) should be about the same price assuming no need for cs...

 

I'm told the local healot will do it for 200 (no k)

 

In fact I was seriously considering using the healot with the first as every time we went to see the "real" Doctor for prenatal she used to put the willies up my wife by telling her the baby wasn't in the right position and she might need a CS... Consequently we then used to go and see the healot for a second opinion - funny thing was the healot spoke much better English than the "real" Doctor and definitely seemed to know what she was talking about.

 

CS seems to be standard practice here for any Filipina with a kano or seaman hubby...

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bahalina buong

Glad I'm in Leyte.... ours was around 12k after standard PhilHealth deduction of 6.5k...most of that was the cost of the room for a few days.

 

Another coming soon (different hospital) should be about the same price assuming no need for cs...

 

I'm told the local healot will do it for 200 (no k)

 

In fact I was seriously considering using the healot with the first as every time we went to see the "real" Doctor for prenatal she used to put the willies up my wife by telling her the baby wasn't in the right position and she might need a CS... Consequently we then used to go and see the healot for a second opinion - funny thing was the healot spoke much better English than the "real" Doctor and definitely seemed to know what she was talking about.

 

CS seems to be standard practice here for any Filipina with a kano or seaman hubby...

Agree 100% with this.  We had our daughter in Ormoc in Jan 2012 and could not find an OB that didn't try to scare my wife.  I had already become my own OB at that point and would show each prospective OB the ultrasound and the small baby size and position of the placenta.  They would all fire back with ,"But you have to have CS...you're a foreigner, they all get CS."  We ended up going to the Children and Maternity Hospital and having a few hilots get it done, and I was not present so as not to cloud their judgement. Wife was happy with the service and when she popped out, I showed up and hugged my wife and held the baby and then dealt with a bill that seemed to want to triple each day. Some infection that they could not explain or relate to me. I finally signed a release, paid p10,000, grabbed my kid and we all bailed. Spent the next week getting urine samples, delivering to clinic, and getting negative results.   I don't mind getting jerked around for p20 on  potatoes or manok, but the bullshit they pull here with CS and other treatments...its inexcusable.  And great post from OP, showing how to get it done.  

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