CSD Experience in St. Lukes Global (Save Package)

Happy 2014 everyone!

I’ve been MIA for quite a while but for good reason. I’ve been a slave to my baby boy — giving in to his every whim. I’ve been pooped on, peed on and my shirts are stained with spit-ups and milk. My head is constantly spinning from lack of sleep and I have a child who is practically glued to my boob all the time. In other words, I’m having the time of my life haha.

For my first post for the year, I will share my experience in St. Lukes Global. Deciding where to finally give birth became quite a debated topic in the family. I’m sure glad that we ended up in St. Lukes though. Read on and you’ll understand why.

When people often refer to St. Lukes, the common feedback is that the hospital is extremely pricey. Let’s face it. It’s intimidating! Hotel-like lobby with chandeliers and a pianist…come on! Which is why I initially dismissed it as a possible option. That was until I found out that they offer “Save packages”. When I checked the costs, I realized it comes out cheaper than the hospital in San Juan where I gave birth to Tala 4 years ago. The only thing that could potentially be an inconvenience to parents when availing the package (which was also one of our major concerns) is that they have a policy that you need to settle in full, days before admission.

Anyway, my scheduled CS was supposed to be on December 9. But at 1:30am on December 4, I started feeling recurring pains in the tummy. The pains were getting more and more unbearable by the minute. I went to the bathroom and there it was…the bloody show. Holy freakin crap, I thought to myself. This is it. I’m in labor! I was excited yet at the same time slightly pissed. Since I was supposed to have a scheduled 2nd Caesarian, the plan was that I get to check in conveniently at my own time, and I get to skip the pains of excruciating labor. But no! This child has other plans. We sped off to the hospital coming from the farthest point of QC to Taguig in 30 minutes. It was a scary ride. Thank God the baby chose to make his debut in the wee hours of the morning. If he chose a later time, we would have been stuck in horrid December traffic! So there I was in the backseat…huffing and puffing as the contractions were coming on strong in 10 minute intervals.

We got to the hospital close to 4am and I was wheeled into the room where I was dressed in my hospital gown and strapped into the heart monitor. The nurses took off my nail polish rather hastily so it looks awful. To think I just had it done the day before! Bummer. Haha. Anyway, that’s me all smiley in between contractions.

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In less than an hour, my doctor arrived and I was given a sucrose IV because my iron level was still dangerously low because of my pregnancy anemia. Hence, we’ve already alerted the blood bank incase a blood transfusion was necessary. Thank God it didn’t come to that. Going back to the IV, truth is I’m more scared of the IV more than the CS incision itself. In the same way the idea of an episiotomy scares the living daylights out of me. Which may be how I ended up getting a CS. I may have subconsciously willed it upon myself. Haha.

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In a few hours, I was wheeled into the operating room. It was super bright inside…almost blinding. I was thinking to myself this must be what it’s like when you’re crossing over to the light. Haha. I was administered my spinal anesthesia by the very kind anesthesiologist. He’s an old man who patiently listened to my woes about my last CS experience. I told him that I felt the tip of the scalpel and that I didn’t want to ever experience that again. He assured me that the operation will only push through once I’m completely numb from the waist down. During the operation, he gently talked me through the whole process to ease my worries.

Mr. D was allowed inside the room when the baby was about to come out. In his scrubs, he sat beside me and held my hand while I shivered uncontrollably. He was very casual about the whole thing and even asked if I wanted a photo of my placenta. Nice. I declined of course.

And then at 7:27am, although slightly woozy, I heard a sharp loud cry. He was brought over to me and I met him for the very first time. All 7.3 lbs of him. My bunso. It was love at first sight. I cried.

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The nurses made him latch and shortly after, we were both wheeled into the recovery room where we stayed till 12:30pm before we were brought to the room.

Here’s the semi-private room by the way. Well technically, I got the window side so this isn’t the actual room that I stayed in. Just took this photo a week before I gave birth when I did the ocular, which by the way I highly recommend for all expecting parents. Do a walk-through of your hospital before you give birth that way you’re familiar and comfortable
with your surroundings.

Luckily, no one occupied the other room so it’s as if we had a private room all to ourselves. Only downside is that there’s no TV but the truth is, you don’t really need it since you have to catch up on some serious Zzzzzzzzs every moment that you possibly can.

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Post surgery, the question I got asked too often was if I’ve already passed gas. Since everyone was too eager to know, I readily volunteered the information every time a nurse came knocking at my door. “No fart yet!” I’d say haha. Here’s some of the hospital grub I had during my four day stay. You’ll see the transition from (sorry TMI!) pre-fart (clear liquid diet), post fart (soft diet) to post poop (regular diet). Moms I know you can all relate here haha.

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One of the awesome things about being in St. Lukes Global is that the baby is roomed in right away, provided he/she is a well baby. This makes it easier to breastfeed. A lot of their nurses are trained lactation nurses too so I felt like I was in a breastfeeding bootcamp as they patiently counseled me on how to achieve a proper latch. I didn’t even mind that they would literally grab my boob (with my permission of course) to show me how to do things right. I was given a chart so I can monitor if the baby is getting enough milk based on the number of wet and dirty diapers per day and the poop’s appearance. The nurses gave me a number to call incase I had any concerns about breastfeeding. I didn’t get the chance to call them but on December 27, I got a text message from my lactation nurse asking how my breastfeeding was going. I think it’s awesome that they follow through by checking on how moms are doing, even after they’ve been discharged from the hospital. We all need that kind of support. I’ll do another post to let you know how things are progressing in that department.

Overall, I would give St. Lukes Global a 10 out of 10. Facilities are great and nurses and doctors are all friendly, efficient and are pro-breastfeeding. Because the baby and I were well taken care of, my recovery was quick and I was already walking in less than 24 hours. The admissions and billings department were open 24 hours and they were easy to transact with especially with regards to Philhealth concerns. The Save package was complete and had no stressful hidden charges. For visitors, there are lots of restos/shops to check out which includes a Starbucks and Bizu. But if you want to be practical, there’s a cafeteria on the 4th floor where watchers and hospital staff eat. If there’s anything that I appreciate the most, it’s that each step is explained clearly by the hospital staff to the patients and that clearances are sought first before every procedure. Such as in the case of vaccines given upon birth. They are candid in saying some foreign patients refuse vaccinations and they respect that.

Oh did I mention the freebies? :) They gave us this cute baby set in the hospital which includes a top, bonnet and blanket.

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They also tied up with Babyshower studio and they sent over a photographer to take pics of the baby. A few weeks after, we picked up the free album in their studio (there’s an option to pick it up at the doctor’s office too) and we were surprised with more freebies! It includes a pack of diapers and three newborn tops that says “I’m a St. Lukes Baby”. We have yet to avail the free “one month” photo shoot soon.

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So there’s my long overdue post. I’m happy that my second birth experience was very pleasant and I feel that it has a lot to do with the hospital that we chose. It gave us a great start to welcoming the newest addition the the family. It was actually my mom who was very insistent on having me give birth there. I should thank her for that.

If you happen to be scouting for hospitals, check out St. Lukes Global and their Save packages. You can call their number at 8468830. You may also drop me a message, and I’ll send you a PM if you want to know more about my birth experience there.

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36 thoughts on “CSD Experience in St. Lukes Global (Save Package)

  1. Hmmm…I’ll keep this in mind. :) Lucas’ pedia’s clinic is in St. Luke’s Global so I know how great the services are there. Congrats again Aims! And hey there handsome baby boy! :)

  2. Awww Sinag’s birth story made a bit teary-eyed lalo na that moment they brought him over to you. Now my questions hahaha:

    1. What if your OB doesn’t hold a clinic at St Lukes, would you know if pwede pa din?
    2. If you take the save package, you can’t use na your HMO ano?

    Hehe, not that I’m giving birth soon. well, i really want to give birth soon. Di pa rin ready si Tibs, unfortunately.

    • Hi Faye!

      My doctor doesn’t hold clinic in St. Lukes but it’s one of the hospitals she’s accredited in. Not sure though if it’s possible to give birth there if the doctor isn’t accredited :( Yup I don’t think you can use your HMO with the package. Yun naman ang wala ako at this point. I don’t have an HMO yet which kinda sucks. I’m sure baby # 2 will happen when the time is right :)

  3. Congratulations! I’m also one of the M2B that is shying away from this hospital because I’ve been hearing that it’s so expensive there. Glad to hear that they have packages like this! And I love the freebies! do you mind sharing how much the save package is? Thanks a lot!

    • Hi Angeline!

      Congratulations! The Save package for normal spontaneous delivery (NSD) is 60k. That’s for ward accommodation which I hear is not bad because at SLMC, most of the time the ward doesn’t get filled up anyway. Don’t know how much for semi-private. For CSD it’s 100k for ward, 110k for semi-private.

      Based on experience, the package I availed included everything na including doctor’s professional fees (my OB is accredited in SLMC), anesthesiologist, pediatrician, spinal anesthesia, main procedure, vaccinations upon birth, room accommodation, meals, medicines and post-surgery care. I also got some money back pa before discharge because I filed my Philhealth docs.

      To avail the Save package, it should not be a complicated delivery and payment has to be settled in full before admission. Also in the event that any unforeseen procedures have to be done that aren’t included in the package, these have to be paid separately. Lastly, room upgrades aren’t allowed.

      Best to call the number so they can give you the complete inclusions and policies surrounding the package. Hope this helps! :)

  4. Love SLMC’s breastfeeding policy! Mothers are really encourage to breastfeed and they provide wonderful support. And winner din yung photoshoot ha! If I can choose my hospital, I would like to give birth there.

  5. Love SLMC’s breastfeeding policy! Mothers are really encouraged to breastfeed and they provide wonderful support. And winner din yung photoshoot ha! If I can choose my hospital, I would like to give birth there.

  6. Hi Aimee! You know, I also had second thoughts giving birth at the Asian Hospital because of the expenses. But when you’re in so much pain, comfort comes first. At least these hospitals’ exorbitant prices are worth it ‘di ba?

    I’d love to try SLMC rin kaso ang layo naman! Kabog ang freebies ng Asian eh! :)

  7. Aww! It’s amazing to read the words “love at first sight” for your second born. Minsan kasi, I’m worried if I will love the second as much as how I love the first :) Hahah. Congrats Aims. Can’t wait to finally see you again and meet your bunso :)

  8. Wow St looks looks like a cozy place to give birth in. I’d like to compare prices with Cardinal Hospital hehe :) You look great during contraction and love your other photos too. Congrat Aimee! :)

  9. Hi! I’m about to have my second csd in two weeks and my ob actually holds clinic at slmc-bgc which just translates to me availing of their save packages as well. Really happy I came across your blog because I am a little apprehensive what the semi-private room is going to be like. Thanks for your tip about having the ocular! Will do that one of these days ü also it was a surprise for me that they allow the husband inside! It would be great that hubby will be there too ü again, thanks and God bless!

    • Hi Jasmine! I’m glad this post was of help :) yes your husband can join you in the OR once the baby is about to come out. Tell him to bring the camera! Congratulations! :)

  10. Hi, just want to ask if the package is valid until August 2014? Coz thats my edd. Hehe.. Thanks Ms. Aimee! :)

    • Hi Thea! Honestly I’m not sure until when the package is valid. I would suggest that you contact the number to find out. Congratulations! I pray for your safe delivery! :-)

  11. Hi i enjoy reading your story. I am 3months pregnant with my 2nd baby now. Ask i’ ve been searching and looking for good hospital that hubby can go inside the delivery room while giving birth/ CS.pls email me for more info. diosa_robinson@yahoo.co.uk

    Many thanks,
    Diosa

  12. Hi Aimee your blog was very helpful since I am researching about the St. Luke’s Saver Package to check if really will help me save and no hidden charges. I’m happy to read your experience now i know i can be in good hands and able to save plus i have my Philhealth too. Can you share with me your OB for i do not have yet an OB in St.Luke’s and how was your experience with her?

    • Hi Joanne,

      I’m glad you found my blog helpful. My OB is Dr. Elsa Aquino. I love her! So easy to talk to. She’s an accredited OB but doesn’t hold clinics in St. Lukes Global. Where are you from? I go to her clinic in Marcos Highway. If that’s near your area I can email you her details.

      • Hi! I’m 4mos pregnant and currently having my monthly check up at cardinal santos medical center. My ob told me that the normal delivery at CSMC would cost me around 100k and 200k for CS delivery. I think its too much expensive. May i know how much did it cost you for your delivery at st. Luke’s global city. And may i also know the locations of your ob’s clinics? Thank you so much! :) your reply would be a big help for me. :)

  13. Hi aimee, thank you for sharing your wonderful experience. Mgse-second option ako sa slmc -gbc though im already on my 33rd week. May I know who is your ob?

    • Hi Ayessa,

      Congratulations on the pregnancy! My OB is Dr. Elsa Aquino although she doesn’t hold clinics in St. Lukes Global. She is accredited however in both SLMC Global and QC.

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