Ivy (a fellow N@Wie) asked me why my mom forbids me to give birth in Capitol Med again. Here is a letter I wrote to another N@Wie who was considering Capitol Medical Center to give birth in. This is a hospital review, sort of.
I lead a very stressful life. Hubby and I are both workaholics. We both decided not to have kids so when I got pregnant, surprise of surprises talaga!!!!
During my first trimester, I was on bed rest kasi I was spotting. Since I still had weddings, I would attend the weddings, coordinate, and then go home after and not move kasi dapat talaga hindi ako gagalaw for the baby. There were times that I would cry sa washroom ng reception venue kasi nagsa-spotting na naman ako.
During the course of my pregnancy, I was rushed to the Delivery Room four times, two of those pina-confine ako. At 5 months I had spotting pa. At 6 months I had premature contractions. I also had gestational diabetes and pregnancy induced-hypertension. My BP would shoot up and I wouldn’t be allowed to work. During the last stretch of my pregnancy, I was required to monitor my blood sugar which meant pricking myself three times a day to do the home blood test.
On July 13, I started contractions ng 5pm. But since I had diabetes, I didn’t realize na yun na pala yun. At 12 midnight, my water broke. We went to the DR na. I was 1 to 2 cm dilated pa lang. I was under observation the whole night. Since I had hypertension and diabetes, mejo delikado ako. At 6am, 2cm pa rin lang ako. I was told na CS na ako. My family was told na CS na. Okay naman sa akin and sa kanila. I even wanted to have elective CS nung una kaya alam naman ng OB ko na okay ako sa CS procedure. I was told na by 8am I’d be wheeled na to the delivery room. I even heard them looking for blood donor na for me, just in case.
At 8am, I was told na hintayin daw muna. I was given oxytocin to induce labor.
At 10am, at 2cm, I was given epidural na kasi iyak ako ng iyak so since then natulog na lang ako kasi wala nang pain eh. That whole day, I was just under observation. Gumigisng lang ako pag IE time na. Hindi ako umaalis sa 2cm.
At 4pm, 2cm pa rin. I was told na last 2 hours na lang kami hintay then I’ll be CS na.
At 6pm, I was 10 cm! Nagulat silang lahat. I was wheeled to the delivery room to give birth via normal procedure.
I gave birth at 715pm.
Reasons why I don’t really recommend CMC:
1. Given that I had gestational diabetes, malaki yung chance na malaki yung baby ko (my baby was 8.4lbs) so sabi ng iba dapat daw hindi na ginawa na normal since delikado pag na-stuck si baby. But then again, may mga babies na 10lbs pero NSD pa rin so okay lang ako dito. Pero yung iba kong nakausap na doctors, nagula talaga sila kung bakit ni-risk pa daw at all. Add to this, na-break na yung water bag ko 19 hours before giving birth so delikado sa baby. May limit dapat yung baby na nasa loob pag ganito. They were monitoring naman my baby so okay lang daw. But still.
2. I specifically said na ipa-latch sa akin yung baby ko. YUng anes just had my baby kiss my breast and then sabi niya sa akin, yun na daw yung latching. Hanggang ngayon inis pa rin ako dun kasi my baby never learned to latch na.
3. I had placenta acreta… my placenta wouldn’t detach itself from the uterus. And because of this, my OB had to manually extract my placenta. Because of this, I lost so much blood, so much blood that I literally almost died while I was on the recovery room. Bumaba yung BP ko to nearly fatal levels (50/30). They had to stabilize me. No one could have forseen the placenta acreta but if I had CS, hindi mangyayari yun. My mom was crying so much when she learned what happened to me sa recovery room. Nakabalik ako sa kwarto ko mga 6am. By then my husband was beyond himself with frustration. He didn’t know what happened to me.
And the following are the real reasons kung bakit ako inis na inis na inis ako sa CMC:
4. Because of my baby stayed inside me while I was leaking na, she developed an infection. Because of this, she had to have antibiotics for 1 week. Hindi kami umuwi talaga kasi hinintay namin na matapos yung course of antibiotics niya. If ni-CS ako, walang infection kasi hindi niya na kelangan mag-stay sa uterus ko for a long time while I was leaking.
5. My baby’s pedia (supposedly one of the best in CMC) didn’t encourage breasfeeding. My baby had physiologic jaundice and normal naman ito. I mean, madaming may ganito. It’s not a reason to stop bfeeding (I read up on this while in the hosp kaya malakas ang loob ko nun). But then the pedia, the evil Dr. Carina Quimbo (we call her), told us and I quote, “Eh di magbreastfeed ka ng mag-breastfeed hanggang manilaw ng manilaw yang baby mo.” Buti na lang my resolve to breastfeed was strong so we didn’t give Jia infant milk.
6. But still, kahit na breastfeeding kami, Dr. Quimbo pressured us to measure my baby’s milk intake. Kaya I couldn’t allow Jia to latch to me. I had to pump to be able to measure and we had to feed her using a medicine dropper. Pag mga 3am na and nakaka-5mL pa lang kaming nafi-feed when we’re pressured to feed her 55mL of milk every 2 hours, gi-give up ka naman talaga. We had Jia drink from the bottle. From then on, hindi na siya natuto mag-latch talaga.
7. A stupid nurse (sorry, hindi lang siya careless kasi my mom repeatedly asked her about the dosage) gave my baby an overdose of heparin. Yun yung nakaka-thin ng bood. Overdose of heparin yung reason why Denis Quaid sued a drug company kasi may overdose din. Daming namamatay na babies sa heparin overdose eh.
8. Even though my baby had infection, her pedia didn’t think of having her blood cultured na dapat SOP sa ganung cases. Buti na lang a pedia friend advised me to get copies of all her lab results kaya alam ko na wala talaga. 1 week after going home, Jia was rushed to the hospital (hindi na sa CMC) kasi I saw her having a seizure. Since Jia had an infection during childbirth, one of the scariest possibility was meningitis. Dahil wala ngang blood culture, we couldn’t cross it out. So at 2 weeks, Jia had to undergo all the tests para sure na hindi meningitis. She had super numerous blood tests. Ang dami niyang gamot so palagi siyang may heplock. Ang hirap. Nakakaiyak when you see that your baby has to undergo so many things and ang daming gamot. She had x-ray, EEG (yung test na puro wires sa head), and a lumbar puncture. Yung lumbar puncture hindi ko na kinaya samahan yung baby ko so it was my sister who went with her. Kung sa simpleng paglagay ng heplock, iyak ako ng iyak, pano pa kaya yung sa spine na yung procedure and may chance na ma-paralyze si Jia.
9. It turned out that my baby had pneumonia because of laryngomalacia. Hindi pa matured yung larynx niya so may reflux na milk from her tummy na napupunta sa lungs, hence, the pneumonia. Ang nakakainis, the symptoms of laryngomalacia were alreasy present sa CMC pa lang. We noticed the symptoms pero hindi naman namin alam na symptoms na pala yun. Dr. Quimbo should have noticed. The neonatologist in PCMC noticed immediately isang tingin lang kay Jia. Delikado yung laryngomalacia kasi pwedeng maging indirect cause of death.
10. I put this last kasi personality thing ito ni Dr. Quimbo and hindi skills-wise as a pedia (although some would say that having good bedside manners should be part of being a good doctor). In one of Dr. Quimbo’s visit to Jia, she said that Jia needed to have additional hours under the bililights kasi naninilaw pa daw. ito yung parang crib na puro ilaw para sa jaundice niya. Pag andun si Jia kelangan may blindfold siya kasi delikado sa mata yung bililights. Pwedeng makabulag. Since I was previously so happy because I thought tapos na dun si Jia, I started crying silently. Nahihiya naman ako na makita ako nung doctor na umiyak so to cover my tears I asked another question. I asked her about the results of Jia’s hearing test (which she had to undergo, requirement daw). She said, “Puro Refer, Refer, Refer!” “Ano po ibig sabihin nun?” “Eh di basak, bagsak, bagsak! Bagsak siya sa lahat sa hearing test.” I couldn’t anymore take it and I cried. May hearing impairment yung baby ko? Upon seeing me, Dr. Quimbo asked, “Eh bakit ka umiiyak? Sinabi ko bang bingi na yung anak mo?”
Juice ko, up to now, I can still go to Dr. Quimbo para awayin lang siya. I’m still planning to write to the association of Pedias to make a formal complaint.
So there. Sorry super haba. I pray that you don’t go through what I did.