When choosing between Cardinal Santos Maternity Package and The Medical City maternity package, we choose the former since the people at Cardinal are more compassionate than the people from TMC (saying this based on ER trip experiences). Isa pa, mas masarap food choices sa Cardinal.
My OB, Dr. Solema Granados-Rivera, assisted me on choosing the hospital but I specifically told her that I need the cheapest one possible. Hindi mura manganak no. I trust her fully naman so I know na kahit saang hospital basta andun sya, I’ll be in good hands. She recommended the Cardinal Santos Economized Maternity Package. The room included in the package is a small private room, own CR, with TV and small pantry (with ref).. super liit lang but at least not sharing or ward.
Last December, I already saw the economized room included sa maternity package:
Maliit lang yung room, pero keribels lang yan, importante mura at komfortable.
TMC banyo is way better but since Cardinal is warmer, keribels na ang ganitong klaseng banyo.
I have been under Dr. Solema Granados-Rivera care ever since the “My bladder is full but I can’t Pee!” episode. Dr. Rivera or Dr Granados (as she is known at CSMC) was recommended by my husband’s niece. Eh during that bladder episode, nagustuhan talaga namin ang service ng Cardinal and Dr. Rivera was very warm and all the OB department staff. Kaya dun na talaga ako nag pa check up and we decided na dun na rin manganak even though we’re no longer expecting twins. Prenatal check up for Dr. Rivera is by appointment only, clinic hours at Cardinal is usually in the morning. I can give you her secretary’s phone number for appointment if you want.
My Birthing Experience at Cardinal Santos Medical Center
(Cardinal Santos Maternity Package)
Alam nyo naman kung gaano ako kaiinip manganak di ba? During my check up last February 19, pwede na daw! I’m 3 cm dilated na. Dr. Rivera can strip my cervix na at pwede na i- induce ng kaunti. Hindi na ako pwede i induce ng bongga dahil malambot na daw ang cervix o matris ko because of multiple pregnancies. After my check- up, ayan na ang signs ng labor! By 6 PM that day, nagpunta na kame ng Cardinal.
Giving birth to an 8 pounder is no joke! This is the hardest child birth but the most comfortable one! It really helps that Cardinal Santos OB department is very caring. Alam mo yung feeling na safe ka kahit wala pa ang OB mo?!? Yan, ganyan na ganyan ang naramdaman ko. From the Emergency room to the labor room, alagang alaga ang pakiramdam ko. Hindi ako prepared sa special treatment. LOL
Dr. Rivera arrived while I was in the labor room. Inabot din ako ng ilang oras na nag le labor, nakapanood pa nga ako ng On The Wings Of Love. By 12 midnight, I was transferred to the delivery room… na kinagulat ko din ng bongga! Sa public hospital kase para kang kakataying baboy sa delivery room. Pasensya sa termino eh ganun talaga na feel ko nung nanganak ako sa public hospital. Aside from letting me wear my eyeglasses (sa public bawal) and my socks, they even put leg warmers on my legs. Naiiyak ako sa sayaaaa!
Gaya ng sabi ko.. mahirap iiri ang batang 8 pounds!! But more than 3 people coaching you with the breathing techniques, nailabas din ang batang mataba at 1:04 in the morning, February 20.
Nakaktuwa kase I was awake the whole time… dinig na dinig ko ang lakas ng iyak ni Marius. Until he was given to me and allowed to latch, gising din ako… alam ko nakatulog na lang ako before I was transferred to the recovery room, tapos pagdating dun ginising ako to breastfeed again.
We availed the Cardinal Santos Maternity Package (economized maternity package) that includes the small room pictured above kaso lang there was no room available when I was admitted. Isang malaking kwarto ang bumuluga sa akin! We were advised that we have to transfer as soon as an economized room is available but if we refuse, the economized package will be forfeited. The economized room is 2500 PhP while the bigger room is 2800 PhP. Maliit lang diprensya ng room rate at Cardinal Santos di ba?
Here is the breakdown of the Cardinal Santos Maternity Package (economized package, NSD local anesthesia)
For Mother: P40, 486
- Total expenses: P51,286 (includes OB PF, delivery room charge, room and board, laboratories, pharmacy)
- Discount: -P7800 (room and board discount)
- Philhealth: -P3000
For Baby: P22,832
- Total Expenses: P19, 862 (includes Pedia PF, nursery charge, room and board, laboratory)
- Xray: P5,120 (OB requested for Xray because she heard a click on baby’s shoulder when he comes out)
- Discount: -P900 (room and board discount)
- PhilHealth: -P1,250
Total payment for Cardinal Santos Maternity Package: P63,318
Kung hindi kame lumipat sa small room and we choose to stay on the bigger room, mawawala yung discount sa room and board. Mas OK din naman ang smaller room, mas malapit ang CR. Mahirap maglakad pag bagong panganak no.
If you’re planning to give birth, I highly recommend Cardinal Santos Medical Center. The economized maternity package (excluding OB PF and Pedia PF) is 30,700 Pesos only.
Joy Mendiola saysMarch 17, 2016 at 12:18 pm
Hello there, 8lbs Marius! Glad to know you’re both doin’ good and taken cared well by Cardinal and the whole Medical team.
Berlin saysMarch 17, 2016 at 12:35 pm
Huwhat?!? It’s cheaper pa pala sa Cardianal Santos than The medical city. I gave birth to my fourth last August and we got the birth package as well. But when we saw the bill, it was more than the package cost. Di Na Ko nag usisa. But what I like about my experience at The Medical City was they promote breastfeeding Kaya right after giving birth, ni latch agad nila si baby sa akin. I have an impression kasi Na mahal sa Cardinal.
Didi saysMarch 17, 2016 at 1:21 pm
Kaya mahal ko ang CSMC. Feel ko mas maalaga mga tao and the facilities are nice too!!
Pakiramdam ko rin na kalmado silang lahat. Hahaha… Ako lang ba yun?
Hope to bump into you soon Peh!!
Queenie Peneyra saysMarch 18, 2016 at 8:36 am
OMG! to think na nagreklamo pa ako sa binayaran ko, hahahaha
thank God I live in the province 😉
Mommy Pehpot saysMarch 20, 2016 at 11:34 pm
the “perks” of living in the city! ahuhuhu
Heather saysMay 4, 2016 at 6:40 am
Aw what a beautiful bundle of joy. I am so glad you were well taken care of. It’s so interesting to read about the process there vs. in other countries. Thank you for sharing!
gie saysJuly 11, 2016 at 10:45 am
thank you for sharing! This a great help for first-time moms like me.
Mommy Pehpot saysJuly 13, 2016 at 11:01 am
You’re welcome 🙂
Mikay saysAugust 26, 2016 at 4:10 pm
Hi! Can i have Dra. Rivera’s number for appointment?
Mommy Pehpot saysSeptember 30, 2016 at 9:51 pm
sorry delayed answer, do you still need it?
Belle Victor saysSeptember 8, 2016 at 12:13 am
Hello! Thank you so much for sharing this. How can I avail of the “package’ and can I please have Dr. Rivera’s contact details? Thanks in advance!
Jinky saysSeptember 23, 2016 at 8:11 pm
hi po. 8 weeks pregnant po ako at galing ako outpatient ng cardinal kanina for my first check-up sabi nila sakin magprepare daw ng 30k kung dun daw ang plano ko manganak. mukhang malapit naman po sa sinabi mo na 30,700 po. Paano po yun? iba pa po pala ang bill ng sa baby? hindi nila nabanggit kasi sakin po. Kaya dapat pala hindi lang 30k ang iprepare namin? Magkano po pala ang consultation kay Dr. Rivera? Ano po kayang mga araw ang schedule niya sa cardinal. thanks po.
Mommy Pehpot saysSeptember 30, 2016 at 9:49 pm
Deedee saysDecember 8, 2016 at 8:27 pm
This has been really helpful to me. I just want to ask kanino ka nag-inquire about Economized package. sa hospital or kina Doc Rivera na? I asked kasi her assistant, she only gave me an estimate. No specifications at all. }
Mommy Pehpot saysJanuary 12, 2017 at 12:56 pm
we discussed it nung malapit na ako manganak and yes estimate lang talaga mabibigay nila
kath saysDecember 20, 2016 at 6:14 pm
Hi Ms. Pehpot, I don’t know if you still check the comments in here regularly, but if ever you still do, can I have your Ob’s number please. My Ob is from UST but the package that she’s offering us is quite high so we’re looking around for a cheaper one. thanks much
Mommy Pehpot saysDecember 22, 2016 at 2:25 pm
email sent 🙂
Angel saysOctober 2, 2019 at 2:56 pm
Can i have her phone number too? And may i know po yung ibang clinics nya? Thank you!
King saysMarch 27, 2017 at 4:19 am
Hi Ms. Pehpot, this is a good read and a big help for me and my partner! (First time dad here)
Just wanted to ask kung ano pong contact # ni Dra? Hope you can still check this comment.
Thanks in advance and God bless po.
Mommy Pehpot saysMarch 27, 2017 at 9:59 am
email sent 🙂
Bianca saysMarch 30, 2017 at 3:38 pm
Hi MOMMY PEHPOT,
I’m a first time mom. will give birth this coming Aug. pa.
Just want to know pano po kayo nagkaroon ng discount sa room?
Thanks and hope to hear from you soon 🙂
Tinnie saysJune 1, 2017 at 10:35 am
Sis, meron ka ba healthcard? Na less din ba yun sa bill mo?
Mommy Pehpot saysJune 12, 2017 at 11:08 pm
wala po kame health card, philhealth lang
Elizabeth B. Amurao saysJuly 24, 2017 at 7:43 pm
Hi Mommy Pehpot! My daughter in-law will give birth 2nd week of December 2017 and sane like me , sge wanted to give birth at Cardinal Santos. My question is, can she avail the same package (for the room and baby expenses) if she has her own OB? Please help us what is the best thing to do coz’ we love Cardinal Santos Hospital…
Waiting for your reply,
Mommy Pehpot saysJuly 24, 2017 at 9:10 pm
naku I have no idea po, better to consult with her OB po 🙂
Princess Sarmiento saysAugust 23, 2017 at 1:29 pm
Hi Mommy Pehpot 🙂
I’m so happy na nabasa ko tong blog mo! Naghahanap kami ng friendly naternity packages at tamang tama na malapit lang kami sa CSMC 🙂 . I am around 18 weeks na pero di pa rin ako comfortable sa OB ko sa UERMMMC at sa mismong hospital na rin. Can you please send me also your OB’s contact details? Thank you so much 🙂
Mommy Pehpot saysSeptember 4, 2017 at 1:57 pm
mommy Princess, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joyce Torres saysSeptember 3, 2017 at 2:18 am
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, it was very enlightening. I’m giving birth on november that’s why I came accross your blog. Can you please send me your ob’s Contact details so I can reach her. I’m planning to give birth at CSMC as well.
Hoping for your reply.
Erica Pascua saysSeptember 15, 2017 at 2:28 pm
Can I have your OB’s number?
Irish Samillano saysApril 1, 2018 at 12:15 am
Hi!!!! Your blog really opened my eyes about transferring to Cardinal Santos. Is there a way that you could send me the contact information of your ob? I really hope this message reach you.