My OB-GYN, Dra. Regta Pichay, is affiliated with St. Luke's Medical Center in Quezon City though she can deliver at St. Luke's Global City too if you wish. She can also help you during birth at The Medical City, but that would require a lot of paper work according to her and the hospital would be strict on her being there. I believe she is a former head of the OB-GYN Department if I am not mistaken. So yes, I was comforted by the fact that she's been helping women give birth years before I had my own period. LOL.
If we had a bigger budget, I'd opt to give birth at St. Luke's Global City for obvious reasons. But the price tag that comes with the luxury of giving birth there can be hefty compared to the Quezon City hospital. St. Luke's Global City had a half-off promo months after they opened, and I was so sad (extremely!) that we didn't make the cut! If only Jacob was due March of 2011 we could have given birth there!
All my check-ups were done at Dra. Pichay's clinic at the Medical Arts Building in St. Luke's Quezon City. Parking can be a complete pain in the ass so we always go on weekdays, therefore meaning Oscar didn't get to accompany me to check-ups majority of the time. I believe Dr. Pichay and him only met during my last check-up, the night I was admitted to be induced! You can read my birth story here.
Giving birth at St. Luke's Medical Center was perfect for me. Let me tell you why:
1. My OB-GYN was the best!
I kid you not, I practically had my way during labor and delivery because of her. Although the C-Section was unplanned, of course. I was able to follow my birth plan to the T until the time came when I demanded for an epidural. Lol. Silly me. Planning to give birth naturally. Getting induced must have been the reason why my labor was so fast and very painful as far as I've read online.
I'll be sharing you my birth plan later on as well.
2. My induction and waiting time was peaceful
Because of my birth plan again, I was able to stay with Oscar while I was in the process of getting induced in a private room. I told them I wanted to be with him during labor at all times. And because their Lamaze room wasn't available at that time, we opted to get a private room instead. Both of us were able to sleep for a bit, until I was woken up for my second dose of Cerviprime.
3. Doctors, residents, and nurses were professional
|I wish I looked less groggy and haggard in our first family photo!|
4. Every procedure and process was done efficiently and fast.
Probably because I filled out my papers before I went to L&D, but I didn't do long waiting while I was in labor. Except that time I was in excruciating pain and demanding epidural, they didn't give in until I was dilated enough. But I understood, not at that time though. LOL. I had a lot of exams done at St. Luke's as well, like my Congenital Anomaly Scan.
5. Private room and nurses were awesome!
|Photo taken by our friend, Roy. Excuse my hair! The room doesn't get crowded even with 6 people in it.|
6. And lastly, the food didn't suck!
For the first time, I really enjoyed what I ate there. I can still remember how that sweet and sour fish fillet tasted like. I think it's because it was my first actual meal since I gave birth. It was really nice and not bland at all.
I would definitely recommend St. Luke's Medical Center to all mom-to-bes or BTDT moms who want peace of mind when they give birth. Hopefully by my next child, I can give birth at St. Luke's Global City next!