Giving birth was the most amazing experience that ever happened in my life and I felt so blessed when I saw my baby. As he cried for the first time, tears fell from my eyes. I can’t explain how wonderful I felt at that moment. My emotions were immeasurable.
During my first pregnancy, my family and I were so happy and excited. However, it also brought out a different side of me. I got scared. All check-ups seemed normal but we got alarmed when I approached my 37th week.
Every expectant mother undergoes different situations and conditions during pregnancy. So it happened. I didn’t expect that I will experience the risk of “Oligohydramnios”, a condition wherein the amniotic fluid was less than the normal values, which simply meant that I had to give birth via Caesarian section or C-section. It weakened my heart that my plan of giving birth through the natural method will not happen.
Hearing a mom’s struggling voice in the delivery room—which was just on the other side of the labor room—frightened me even more. I did my best for the trial labor but it didn’t turn out to be effective. So, we’ve decided to prepare for the C- section for baby’s safety and for my sake, too. I told myself that I have to be strong to overcome this stage of my life.
At the delivery room, my mind was floating in the wind, like I was in the clouds. After a few minutes, still with unopened eyes, I heard the doctor saying, “Congratulations! You gave birth to a cute baby boy!”, and finally I saw my baby. This was the first precious moment—to see and kiss my baby in the real world. Until now, I can remember how wonderful it felt to be a mom for the 1st time.
A baby’s 1st cry. A mom’s 1st smile. Their 1st bonding moment.
I am thankful that I was able to cherish that very special event in my life comfortably with my family in a good hospital. Although my plan of giving birth in a natural method didn’t take place, it was just as remarkable.
Every 1st is meant to be treasured. However, for families who have no other choice but just to make it through, these firsts often get left behind. This is how it is for the mothers and babies at Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital.
Fabella is popularly known as the busiest maternity hospital in the country with an average of 55 babies born in a day (Based on the 2012 NICU Annual Census) —earning it the moniker “baby factory”. Each day, hundreds of families flock at Fabella to avail the low-cost maternal care. Most of the families who come here are those who cannot afford premium hospitalization. The hospital also caters to premature and high-risk babies.
I know how difficult it is when you have a high-risk baby. I had a terrible experience with pre-term labor contractions when I was in my 31st week of gestation with my second baby. I was confined in MCU Hospital for a week so I could get a complete bed rest to prevent me from having a premature baby. I felt so emotional during that time. To stop the pre-term labor, expectant moms should be stress-free, relaxed, and comfortable. Praise God! After a series of good tests results, my pre-term labor contractions had stopped. The good hospital facilities with the attentive doctors together with the caring nurses are a big help.
Imagine if you are in that situation.When an expectant mom is stressed, she will need extra support, love, and care. Most importantly, she needs a convenient place with good facilities so that both she and her baby can relax and avoid delivery risks.
As a mom of two, I believe that expectant moms share the same struggles and sentiments – to give the best for their babies, regardless of age, race, or status in life.
Based on what I’ve seen on TV about Fabella Hospital, I think they are facing many challenges to provide better facilities to accommodate the volume of maternity patients every day.
Let’s begin in the welcome area. The absence of chairs in the welcome area at Fabella is the least of priorities.You can visualize that this is where the families of the patients wait. In the picture above, you can notice that they bring their packed bags and other things they need which are just placed on the floor.
In the breastfeeding station, about 10 to 15 mothers cram together on the tiny, thin-foamed wooden benches. The breastfeeding station should be kept in good ambience to help give nursing moms a more conducive environment for better breast milk secretion for their babies. Based on my experience, I must say that it is very hard for a first-time mom to breastfeed her baby. Breastfeeding moms need a more private and comfortable place.
Ventilation is limited inside the recovery wards, which swelter in the midday heat. Sharing a bed with two others for babies and their moms seems to be an ordinary situation in the hospital. To avoid other risks and for the faster recovery of maternity patients, this area should be well-ventilated.
In the photo above, you can see the condition of the babies sharing a bassinet. As a mom, I worry for their health and condition. Also, the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit lacks proper facilities such as storage cabinets or hygienic wash areas. These needs should be addressed to maintain cleanliness and prevent germs from spreading for the safest protection.
Life is so precious. Giving birth is one of the toughest stages in a life of a mother. She has to be strong no matter what for her baby.
Despite all of these, Fabella remains to be a beacon of hope as it continues to provide low-cost maternity care services. Keen as the hospital is in providing the best that it can for its patients, Fabella urgently needs help—because these babies and their mothers deserve nothing less than better, happier, and brighter experiences.
Caring Beyond Skincare
Good thing that this 2013, NIVEA BABY takes the 1st Step to Caring Beyond Skincare through the renovation of the maternity wing of Dr. Jose Fabella Memorial Hospital. Numerous patient moms and babies of Fabella will surely benefit from this significant project.
NIVEA BABY aims to make the experience of every mommy and Fabella-born baby much brighter by improving the Welcome Area, Breastfeeding Station, Intermediate Area, Maternity Wards, and most especially the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
As a mommy blogger partner, I am very grateful that they have chosen me to be part of this meaningful project. With NIVEA BABY’s aim to provide mildest protection for babies, they are now caring beyond skincare by renovating Fabella’s maternity wing. It certainly shows how caring, dedicated, and munificent they are in this thrust. Let us support and take part in this journey as I take you through the progress of the project.
A video for this NIVEA BABY project – “A Bright Experience, Let’s Begin.”
Learn more and join the #CaringBeyondSkincare Movement by visiting NIVEABABY Philippines facebook page.