Meet Little Yani: The Birth Story

My due date with Yani was actually on October 9, 2021. But weeks before, I remember telling EJ, my husband, how heavy and sluggish I’ve become. I had a history of having Gestational Trophoblastic Disease during my first pregnancy, so I had a Caesarean section with Zeeka. So with this, just for the doctor to make sure that everything is fine and dandy inside, I also had a C-section with Yani.

So going back, I initially wanted Sept. 29, 2021 to be the date of the delivery. Since we had weekly checkups with doctor and weekly ultrasounds, the last Ultrasound stated that my placenta was grade 2-3. Doctor Sarmiento explained that she wanted it to be at grade III, meaning the baby could breathe on its own already. So personally, I chose the delivery date to be moved a little bit further, to October 1, just to be sure.

So once we chose the date, Dra. Sarmiento gave us instructions to get a RT-PCR test (validity of the results is only for 7 days) and the instructions to show the admissions of Asian Hospital once we get to the hospital. She advised me to come a day before the operation, Sept. 30, 2021. Check out of hospital patients are at around 5:00 pm so she advised me to be in admissions at 3:00 pm. There are instances when there are no rooms for the patients, so if this happens, she advised us to go home and be in the hospital 3 hours before the operation (again, just in case there were no rooms). The husband can just wait outside the delivery room.

Getting Ready for the Hospital

For some reason, we had 3 huge luggages prepared for a 4 day stay at Asian Hospital. As compared to the one luggage, one duffel bag and a few backpacks that we brought during Zeeka’s delivery, we had to bring a lot of bags with other extra stuff because of safety and security. First of all, one difference is that we had to bring food for EJ. We didn’t want him going in and out of the room. We had brought a lot of cup noodles, Jamaican patties (which surprisingly lasts a while), our own bottles of water, coffee, etc. We brought a lot of food!

Next, we had to bring lots of alcohol, disposable and reliable face masks, and other disinfectants.

We brought all of these stuff, apart from the usual baby stuff, mommy stuff and daddy stuff that we brought.

For those undergoing a Caesarean section, don’t forget to bring your binder and maternity pads, too.

Checking In

We left our home at 2:00 pm. We were at Asian Hospital at around 3:00 pm. It’s usually a one hour drive from BGC to Alabang (less than an hour if you use Skyway). We parked in the basement and there were elevators that took us directly to the Upper Ground floor where Admissions is. When we got to admissions, we gave them a copy of doctor’s orders and our RT-PCR tests. There were just around 5 people there. Normally, those who are suspected to have COVID go directly to the Emergency Room. Most of the patients in admissions were there for other operations and procedures.

I was secretly praying that they would have an available room. I really didn’t want to come back the next day. It was fortunate that after waiting for around 30 minutes, we got to book a standard private room at the Asian Hospital. We just had to wait for the patient to check out, which was totally fine. By around 5:00 pm, we were in our room and we fixed our things and settled in.

My CS operation was at 8:00 am the next day, so the nurses would pick me up at 7:00 am. I only had until 12:00 midnight to eat and drink water. In the room, the nurses would do a routine check of my blood pressure, oxygen levels, etc. I also had a urinalysis test. The representatives also of the anesthesiologist and the pediatrician came to visit and check up on me.

I got to sleep for a few hours. I wasn’t nervous, but as mentioned, I felt heavier every minute. The baby, I felt, wanted to come out already. It felt more comfortable for me to sit on the chair than to lie down on the bed. So all throughout the night, EJ and I were looking for the most comfortable position for me. I told him that we switch places and for him to sleep on the bed instead, but he didn’t want to. So I moved back to the bed so that he could also get a good night’s sleep. Unfortunately, both of us were excited and anxious that we both didn’t get to sleep. Lol!

Day of the Delivery

The nurses & doctors started coming in at 6:00 am (did an allergy test for the medicine that they will give me… don’t know which medicine though) and finally at 7:00 am, they wheeled me out of the room. By the way, as much as possible, even while in our room, we hardly removed our masks. We only removed then when we ate. So while I was wheeled to the triage room (where they prepare you for delivery), I had my mask on.

In the triage, they gave me antibiotics via the IV line. Oh man, I forgot how much that hurt. It hurt in the arm, but after a while, it was fine. My nurse gave it in two parts so as to make the pain bearable.

Then if you are undergoing CS and you haven’t shaved, the nurses will shave it for you. This is so that the cut won’t get infected and to keep the area clean and free from any obstruction.

Dra. Sarmiento, my doctor, talked to me right before the operation. I love my doctor. She makes everything feel so easy, and she has a way of calming me down. I love knowing what will happen; keeping me out of the loop makes me panic. She did a good job explaining what will happen, because I totally forgot what happened 8 years ago when Zeeka was born.

At 8:00 am (probably… I didn’t have a watch), I was wheeled into the operating room. My anesthesiologist then told me that he had to inject the anesthesia at my back. I had to roll up like a baby, which was hard to do since my belly was huge. Lol! I had to sit up and roll forward for him to finally inject it.

Little by little, I started to feel numb from my upper belly to my toes. I could breathe and I could hear them talking. I could also feel a little bit of pressure on my lower half of my body, but nothing hurt.

I could hear them saying that they needed to apply pressure to push the baby out. I said … “go ahead”. I remember responding to their questions.

Then at 8:41 am, I heard them say, what a huge baby. Lol! The doctors asked me if I had a name for her, and I said, “yes, her name’s Yani”. I saw EJ say “hi!” and “are you okay?” from a distance and I heard them talking to him. I heard Yani’s cry as they were cleaning her up.

After a while, they brought her to me. It was love at first sight! Just like how it was with Zeeka, I got teary eyed as Yani latched on to me. We also had our first picture with Yani.

The nurses then had to take her after latching, because the doctors had to close me up and stitch me up.

For some reason, I then couldn’t breathe as my nose filled up with mucus. The anesthesiologist said that the medicine really had that effect. He put drops on my nose and after I got stitched up, I could then blow my nose. I think that was what made me feel uncomfortable during the whole procedure… just that.

Meet Rafaela Ariadne P. Arboleda (Yani)

Yani was born 8 pounds and 1 ounce at 8:41 am. Even if I’m a second time mom, everything about this pregnancy was special and there were (and will be) a lot of firsts!

Yani, we can’t wait to see you grow up and be there to witness each milestone. We love you so much! When you read this in the future, we’ll gladly share with you more stories of how we prepared for you during these crazy times! Hugs and kisses from mom, dad and manang Zeeka. 🙂

Who Wants to Attend the What to Know Before Giving Birth Talk? (Giveaway)

First time mommies and daddies! I’m so excited to share with you this post for today. Last March 16, I announced some of the upcoming parenting workshops from Manila Workshops and Best for Families. You can read about these parenting workshops in this link: Upcoming Parenting Workshops in Manila

In the past few runs that we have, I have come across expectant couples who are really adamant in learning more about parenting and about safely giving birth and raising a child. As there is really no certification on being a great parent, I admire these couples who really go out of their way to learn. I truly believe, just like in business or even in professional careers, people who have that insatiable thirst for knowledge and people who are not close minded are the ones who succeed.

For parents who constantly strive to be better parents and who constantly strive to know more by reading books, surfing the web, attending workshops, talking to other parents, etc., CHEERS! This giveaway is for you!

Giveaway alert

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We are giving away 5 seats to 5 lucky moms or dads who would want to attend the What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop on March 28, 2015 for FREE!

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Okay, here are the mechanics!

– This giveaway will run from today to March 24, 2015 (12 Noon).
– All you need to do is post the link of this giveaway in your Facebook wall, Twitter feed or Instagram account (Check that the settings is open to the public to see).
– Then comment below with your full name, your email address and the link to your post.
– Each individual will get a raffle entry which I will use to choose the raffle winners using Randomizer.org

It’s as easy as that! I will announce the winners on Tuesday, March 24!

Please spread the word and ask friends and family to attend this workshop. Details for the What to Know Before Giving Birth Workshop on this link: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-what-to-know-before-giving-birth

Good luck and hope to see you in one of the Manila Workshops events.

Upcoming Parenting Workshops from Manila Workshops

Calling all expecting parents! Manila Workshops and Best for Families is coming up with two great parenting workshops that you can attend.

I. What to Know Before Gving Birth

What To Know Before Giving Birth is a half-day workshop that aims to help parents prepare for your big day. First time parents and experienced ones who need a quick refresher can join this workshop!

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You can look forward to learning about these helpful topics during the session:
– What to expect during visits to your OB-GYN
– Pain management
– Pregnancy nutrition

Get to know our speakers:

Dra. Patricia Malay Kho studied Medicine and underwent Residency Training in UP College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital. She is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with Subspecialty Training in OB Gyne Infectious Diseases. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is affiliated with Makati Medical Center and St Luke’s Global. She has two children, and both were breastfed.

Ms. Cecile Bayaga is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian. She is happily married for the 9 years and a mother to their son, Gabby.

Event Details:
Date: March 28th, 2015
Time: 1PM-5PM
Venue: Best for Families Headquarters, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Please register HERE: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-what-to-know-before-giving-birth

 

II. Breastfeeding and Newborn Care

After a baby is born, parents are faced with challenges. They doubt if they are indeed capable of handling a newborn child. They ask themselves “How can we understand his/her needs? Are we capable of breastfeeding?” On April 11, 2015, Manila Workshops, in partnership with Best For Families, is holding a lecture and demonstration about breastfeeding and newborn care.

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The speakers:

Ms. Joyce Martinez is a certified lactation counselor, and is the in-house lactation counselor of Best for Families Inc. She is a registered nurse who also served as a Lactation Manager at St. Lukes Medical Center, Global City. She earned her Nursing Degree from the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila, and followed up with a Master of Science in Nursing Degree at UERMMMC Graduate School. She also conducts presentations and academic talks on the ABC’s of Lactation Management for Nurses, as well as Breastfeeding Classes for Pregnant and Breastfeeding Mothers. A breastfeeding advocate, she provides lactation coaching and counseling, not just for breastfeeding and pregnant mothers, but also for their families, while actively organizing and promoting national breastfeeding campaigns.

Dr. Jamie Isip-Cumpas received a medical degree from the University of Santo Tomas, finished residency in Pediatrics in The Medical City and also practices as a lactation consultant and is a member of the Breastfeeding Committee of the Philippine Pediatric Society. She is also a facilitator in Educhild Philippines which is a non-profit organization that helps parents in their role as primary educators of their children; mother of 3 children ages 6, 4 and 2.

Event Details:
Date: April 11, 2015, 1PM-5PM
Venue: Best for Families, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City

Learning Fee:
Regular Rate: Php350
Couple Rate: Php600

This event is also co-sponsored by Stemcord.

Please register HERE: http://manilaworkshops.com/events/first-time-parents-breastfeeding-and-newborn-care

We hope to see you in these parenting workshops! Please spread the word!

What to Know Before Giving Birth (the Rerun) on May 24, 2014

Have you already signed up for this workshop, pregnant couples?

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First Time Parents: What to Know Before giving Birth

This workshop is quite a hit among those who are expecting babies since it’s a workshop that’s packed with information — information that you will indeed be thankful for once you give birth and deliver that little precious baby. This run of the What To Know Before Giving Birth Workshop will be on May 24, 2014, 9:00 AM – 12:00 NN at the Medela House, #29 1st Street, New Manila, Quezon City. This workshop is co-presented by StemCord Philippines, Inc. and Unilab.

Topics to be Discussed
What to Expect During your OB check-ups and visits
Pain Management
Pregnancy Nutrition
Cord Blood Banking

The Speakers

Dra. Patricia Malay Kho studied Medicine and underwent Residency Training in UP College of Medicine-Philippine General Hospital. She is an Obstetrician Gynecologist with Subspecialty Training in OB Gyne Infectious Diseases. She is also an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant. She is affiliated with Makati Medical Center and St Luke’s Global. She has two children, and both were breastfed.

Ms. Cecile Bayaga is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian. She is happily married for the 9 years and a mother to their son, Gabby.

To register, please fill out the form below.

See you there!