Many women have been asking me about my birthing experience at St. Luke’s Global. Mainly, they want to know how much did it cost to give birth there, and was it worth the price? I did not want to write about this at first but then I remembered that when I was pregnant, I too browsed the internet to know more about St. Luke’s maternity packages. I remember going through every single blog I could find and being disappointed that the latest post was probably from 2017. So for info’s sake, I am putting this out here.
Before Giving Birth
St. Luke’s Global is no longer giving tours of the maternity floor. But you can go to the Admissions Department (located on the ground floor, main building) to see photos of the rooms and their corresponding prices. Best to do this before your 28th week, when an early birth is possible.
The third floor is where the OB-GYN Complex is located. Inside is the High-Risk Pregnancy Unit (HRPU) and the labor, delivery, and operating rooms. When you’re already experiencing contractions, go straight to the OB-GYN Complex and there’s a reception area where you will be asked to fill out forms. Then you’ll be led to the labor room where a nurse, and then a resident doctor, will assess you.
The labor room is not a private room. It’s like a ward with beds separated by accordion dividers. You share a common bathroom. Companions are not allowed and eating is strictly prohibited. It’s not a miserable place, but I was so uncomfortable here–I requested to turn up the a/c but the temperature here is shared and controlled so I had to bear the heat.
After about an hour or two of assessment, you have the option to request to be transferred to the HRPU which has private rooms and companions are allowed (finally!). You can labor here more comfortably, as each room has a TV and a Lazy-Boy for your husband/companion. The temperature is cooler, and eating is allowed! I think there are nine rooms here, but only three have their own bathrooms. The rate of this room is P5,777++ per day.
After Giving Birth: Rooms
After delivery, I spent a few hours in the recovery room at the OB-GYN Complex. I wasn’t alone, because the nurses gave Lucas to me after he was cleaned up. Here, we practiced latching and spent a few hours of alone time–just the two of us. That was so precious and I truly appreciated this moment (I opted not to be sedated after my C-section so I was groggy, but very awake).
And then, I was wheeled into the room on the maternity wing (8th floor) which my husband reserved while I was still in labor. We got the Deluxe Private room, which has an extra Lazy-Boy aside from the usual amenities. It also has a desk and a corner with chairs and cocktail table. This room is sooo spacious! It’s perfect if your husband/companion has work to do, or if you have more than one companion staying overnight.
Below is a list of rooms and latest rates:
Because of my crazy complications, I had to be admitted several times while I was pregnant. So I’m happy to report that I’ve stayed in almost all room types (excluding the suites). Personally, the most sulit room to get is the Small Private. It’s not that expensive but has the same amenities and the comfort of privacy as the bigger private rooms. Note: there are only three small private rooms on the whole maternity floor and they’re usually occupied all the time.
But if you’re expecting a lot of excited visitors, best to get the Deluxe Private room. Because it has more seats and tables, guests can eat more comfortably. I really, really loved this room!
- St. Luke’s Global does not have a nursery. If the baby doesn’t have health issues, he/she will room-in with you after birth. Do consider that the baby will have a special crib; it’s small, but it will take up space as well.
- Each private room has a daybed, small movable table, TV, DVD player, ref, cabinet, and bathroom with shower.
- The Deluxe Private has an extra Lazy-Boy, work station (desk and chair), more chairs and a cocktail table in one corner, and a JBL speaker.
- Each private room also comes with a welcome kit (a small pouch with toiletries), water pitcher, stainless utencils, and a pillow. You can bring all of these home–yes, even the pitcher.
- I’ve stayed in the two-bed private room and there’s none of these amenities except for the pillow.
- There’s a common pantry in the maternity wing. It has a sink where you can wash your dishes (they provide the dishwashing liquid, but please bring your own sponge!), hot & cold water refilling unit, and a microwave oven.
- Other maternity giveaways include a really nice “I am a St. Luke’s Baby” baby bag, baby booklet for his/her future doctor’s appointments, and baby’s first set of clothes. They will also take a photo of your baby and give you a printed copy as a nice souvenir.
Estimated Cost and Maternity Packages
St. Luke’s Global offers a “Great Expectation” delivery package for both CS and natural birth. Doctors’ professional fees are included, but the price is only for their shared rooms (2-bed and 4-bed wards). If your pregnancy is considered high-risk, you are not qualified to avail this package.
Because I did not qualify for the Great Expectation package, we asked for a cost estimate of a CS delivery so we could prepare financially. Here is what they quoted us. Note that the doctors’ fees are not included in the quote. Philhealth will be automatically deducted from the bill.
We were happily surprised, upon discharge, that our exact hospital bill was way below the initial quote. Granted, we still had to pay the doctors’ fees–so our total bill was still quite steep.
I loved my whole St. Luke’s Global experience. I always say this to my pregnant friends: I know I had a C-section, but for me it was a mindful and gentle birth! The nurses and resident doctors were all very kind and attentive, and I was informed of the process every step of the way. My husband was also allowed to be part of the birthing experience–he was with me from labor all the way until the actual operation! Yes, our bill was no joke. But our very pleasant experience was worth every peso.
The hospital itself is very clean, relaxing, and spacious. The rooms are thoroughly sanitized before they admit a patient–I know, because I’ve seen how they clean each room upon discharge. Twice a day, a maintenance staff comes in to ask if you want your room to be cleaned and leaves you with a new roll of toilet paper.
On Lucas’ second night, he was wailing non-stop because he was hungry and I wasn’t producing enough milk. The nurses were so kind that they took him even if the hospital didn’t have a nursery. They cared for him in their station so I could get some sleep. When they returned him to me the next morning, his dedicated nurse even taught me how to properly cup-feed and burp him (we bought breast milk from their milk bank–formula and bottles aren’t allowed in the hospital). A lactation nurse also came to my room to give me breastfeeding tips. That’s the kind of service we paid for.
Baby’s Birth Certificate
St. Luke’s Global submits the documents to the Civil Registrar in Taguig. It will be ready for claiming about a month after, which you will have to do so yourself. You are advised to call the hospital to get the reference number before going to the city hall.
Please note that the details and figures are all based on my own experience. If you’re planning to give birth there, please ask your OB and the hospital’s Admissions Department for a cost breakdown tailored for your case.