The Birth of Baby JOSHUA XAVIER (A Photo Essay)

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Finally, Rache gave birth to Baby Joshua Xavier yesterday, November 14, 2007 @ 7.25pm in Makati Medical Center. I’m proud of Rache because she gave birth in a Lamaze way! After 3 push, Baby Josh came out naturally without the swollen look associated with prolonged active labor.

Rache called me at 4pm yesterday and I was in a middle of a couple of meetings. It was totally unexpected because earlier that day, Rache did not mention any contractions. It only started at 3pm and we did not have time to go to Asian Hospital anymore because of the rush hours. I texted Rache that I needed one hour to wrap things up in the office and we agreed to meet in the 4th Floor Delivery Room in Makati Med @ 5pm.

I personally don’t like to give birth in Makati Med but we had no choice. Delivering in Makati Med was like using a desktop PC computer with floppy drives — it is functional and it get things done, but you would not rave about it and you have to be patient with its flaws. In contrast, delivering in Genesis of Asian Hospital was like using a Macintosh with Intel core duo and Leopard OS installed. We gave birth to Aidan in Asian Hospital almost 3 years ago and Makati Med does not come close to that overall birthing experience.

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The 1st family
Baby Aidan born on January 19, 2005 @ Asian Hospital.

Why we love giving birth in Asian Hospital versus Makati Med?
We terribly missed the Genesis birthing rooms in Asian Hospital. The rooms were setup like hotel rooms where it can be converted into a delivery room when needed and all the necessary pedia equipment were available. The huggery was conveniently located nearby. I was allowed to be with Rache in the delivery rooms and with Baby Aidan in the huggery without any hassle. After delivery, we were sent to our rooms immediately and Rache even got a sponge bath. When we checked out, we had a candlelight dinner for two with food courtesy of Makati Skyline. Parking and local phone calls were FREE! We got the best treatment as possible despite their limited staff. This was 3 years ago.

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Baby Josh born on November 14, 2007 @ Makati Medical Center.

In Makati Med, I had to argue with the staff to let me inside the 4th floor delivery room and I was not lucky to enter the nursery in the 5th floor. We had to move from a delivery room to the operating room, then to a staging recovery room before going to our hospital room. We were told that they would take care of finding an available room for us but I had to follow up myself in the admitting office to get a room. After getting a room, we were waiting for the staff to transfer us to our rooms but if you don’t follow up and remind them, you will be waiting forever. All outgoing calls are charged at P2.00 for the first 3 minutes and P0.50 every minute thereafter. The overnight parking costs P200/ night.

The staff are definitely competent in both hospitals but I think Makati Med has 3x more staff than Asian Hospital. Makati Med was near our office so I was able to wrap up some things in the office conveniently versus if we were in Alabang. Good thing, Makati Med is near Azure Cafe and Cafe-a-gogo so I don’t have to complain about availability of good food.

Check out this photo essay of the Birth of Baby Josh….

The Birth of Baby Joshua Xavier Uy Diaz (a photo essay)

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Dra. Lilibeth Genuino and resident Dra. Maricar Sy helping Rache cope up with the contractions at 8cm. At this point, the doctors were worried because the baby’s heartbeat was beating fast (>160-170 beats per minute) and Rache’s platelets count were only 100,000 versus the normal 150,000.

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I was helping Rache to remind her to breathe in and breathe out as Rache long nails were buried in my hands. As she was contracting, I was also screaming in pain but I cannot imagine how it compares with the pain she experienced.

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Rache continuously requested for an epidural anaesthesia but after 3 push it was not needed anymore. Baby Josh was born on November 14, 2007 @ 7.25pm! Momsy was currently attending mass at that time and prayed for Rache safe and fast delivery.

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We decided to store Baby Josh umbilical stem cells and we were able to collect 100ml that we sent to Stem Cord Stem Cells Bank.

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Dra. Vienne Saulog, Aidan’s pedia, was already there to take care of Baby Josh who scored 9.9 in the Apgar score.

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Baby Josh weighs 7 lbs and 12 ozs and measures 52 cm/ 20.472 inches.

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Baby Josh’s first visitors were my brother Rommel and my parents, Momsy and Popsy. Thanks to my brother Rommel for giving me a digital SLR camera (which we forgot to bring) in time for Baby Josh delivery.

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Large Private Room @ Makati Medical which costs P2,400 per night. It has a refrigerator and bigger by 3 sq meters versus the Small Private Rooms.

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We decided to have Baby Josh circumscized similar to Aidan – binatang Baby!

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Finally, we love our OB, Dra. Lilibeth Genuino! Thank you so much for helping us with the successful Lamaze delivery!!

Anton

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69 thoughts on “The Birth of Baby JOSHUA XAVIER (A Photo Essay)

  1. congrats to the diaz family. i like the name, especially xavier. tribute to the jesuits perhaps πŸ™‚ i agree with you that when it comes to the birthing experience, the pits talaga ang makati med. Always felt left out as they prohibit daddies from the delivery room. But then, i’d learn later on that if you are a celebrity or if you’d know how to push the right buttons, they’d let you in. I’m glad that you insisted to be with rache during her delivery. Congrats again!!!

  2. Congratulations to you and Rache! And a big, big welcome to Baby Josh! Btw, I soo agree with you on Asian Hospital. I gave birth there 2 years ago and I have nothing but good things to say about the hospital facilities, the staff and the services.

  3. yah i like asian hospital. i gave birth there last year. super nice and super clean. at yahhh ang super sarap nung candlelight dinner nila. sarap pati ng hospital food. im from laguna pa so nung manganganak ako eh kahit malayo talagang itnakbo pa ko sa asian.
    congrats to your new baby!

  4. wow congratulations, Anton and Rache. wonder what was aidan’s reaction? Cute baby, not sure yet of who he looks like pero hawig ni Aidan, cutie! =D

  5. thank you Anton for sharing with us this memorable moment of your family…I remember i once read that they said that baby fetuses contrary to girl fetuses are less stronger…it is then a double reason to celebrate the birth of baby joshua because as they said for every baby boy’s birth is a “Miracle”….congratulations! may you have many many baby boys to come..:-)

  6. and baby makes four πŸ™‚ congratulations anton, rache, and brand new kuya aidan! welcome to the world, joshua xavier! πŸ™‚

  7. congratulations on the baby…
    Sorry abt makati med.. had i’ve been with the OB department ive would have given u special attnetion.. kaso lang i am with surgery and i didnt know your wife would deliver here.. i thought asian kayo uli.. sorry..

  8. Jeff-
    You sound like you work in Makati Med. Anyway, sorry if I am mistaken.
    Everyone should be given the same special attention in your hospital (given that they pay the same amount), shouldn’t they? Then why would it be different given the conditions you mentioned (i.e. had i’ve been with the OB department , i thought asian kayo uli)

  9. Congratulations Anton and Rache. The same goes to Kuya Aidan.
    FYI, St. Luke’s also has birthing rooms. Same setup as Asian. The delivery happens in the room. There are other perks too. Plasma TV comes to mind, the rest I’m not sure about.

  10. Congrats to your healthy baby boy! =)
    I sooo know what you mean about Makati Med and Asian Hospital. Got confined at both hospitals… and Asian Hospital’s ‘personal touch’ services are far above makati meds (pero walang welcome kit ang asian.. hehehe.. makati med meron) You really get some add ons on your money’s worth at Asian (hotel) and fast and hassle free checkouts, love it!

  11. A big welcome to the outside world to your new baby. Makati med is a 60’s concept hospital which operate the way it used to be back then. That hospital can sure use a major makeover. Whereas, Asian is a contemporary one which is less than a decade old and the planners of that medical center are American based and therefore are in tune with the latest trend in the birthing process.

  12. Congratulations, Anton and Rache!!! I’m happy to know both Rache and Joshua are safe.
    Makati Med is overpriced and overrated. They need a mojor overhaul. Can’t wait till St. Luke’s opens at the Fort so they’ll have some real competition and won’t be so complacent.

  13. Anton and Rache, Congraaaats!!!! Joshua is SOOO cute!!! I LOVE his hair!!! Ang dami!!! And I am so proud that you both did Lamaze! You’re the first couple I personally know who really went through it. Naiiyak ako when I was reading this entry because I can just imagine how painful it was (during) and who fulfilling and beautiful an experience it must’ve been after! Looking forward to seeing the 4 of you!

  14. Hi Anton,
    I gave birth to my two kids (both) at Asian Hospital. As of last May 2006, service is still unparalled when it comes to giving birth. The free dinner for the couple is still being offered too. Only, the private rooms for OB patients were transferred from 5th to 10th floor, a few floors more from the nursery.
    Congratulations for your newborn!

  15. Congratulations to your new baby! He’s beautiful :)God bless your family πŸ™‚
    I know how you feel with Asian Hospital. Gave birth there twice and we were so satisfied with the experience.
    By the way, we have the same pedia for our kids…

  16. Hi Anton! Congrats to you and Rache! Rache and I have the same OB pala, Dra. Genuino. I was also able to give birth naturally, even when I was showing signs of having a CS, thanks to her. Super tyaga na doctor! Welcome to baby Josh
    !

  17. Congrats Anton and Aidan. My daughter’s birthday is also November 14! But she is now 1 year old. Anyways, enjoy your new baby! Im sure Aidan will be a proud Kuya.

  18. Hi Anton,
    First of all congratulations.
    Your entry has been very helpful to us who are planning to give birth in MMC. Is photo # 1 the labor room? delivery room? or lamaze room? Thanks!

  19. Hi Anton,
    I am bound to deliver my first baby sometime this Nov and I am hoping you could give me an advice/information on Lamaze and sending stem cells to stem cord stem cell bank. I would greatly appreciate any help you could extend.
    – Juvy

  20. Question, you look very familiar. If I’m not mistaken, you and Rachel in my birth class, right? It would be nice if you could also post something about your birth class experience. Warm regards! Chiqui

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