When I said Hello to my 32nd week (the start of the third trimester) I also said hello to extreme shortness of breath, severe back pain, flatulence, fake contractions, and lack of sleep.
I've never peed so much in my life that I got scared sometimes (it's like, my bladder has shrunk to the size of a cherry...) I'm just glad that I didn't have edema (but my feet did get bigger). I was drinking around 4 liters of water a day to make sure I don't get dehydrated and I have a healthy supply of amniotic fluid.
Anyway, my 32nd week was dedicated to packing our hospital bag. I started by preparing all the documents we'll need when the time comes. Here's a list for reference.
1. The hospital admission FAQ sheet. I just printed our own copy (click here to get one). The reason I prepared and filled this up in advance was because I don't want people bugging me to fill up forms while I was in labor. My husband will just be the one to do that. If he needs to complete a different form at St. Luke's, at least he already has a reference.
2. Birth Class Certificate. Some hospitals don't allow companions in the labor/delivery room unless your companion is a doula or a midwife or someone certified to act as your coach. So, it would be good to have a copy of this (if you attended a birth class).
3. OB's Admission Slip/Referral Letter. No need to explain. =)
4. SSS Maternity 2 Form (click here for a copy). If you're a qualified member, you need to bring this form and have it signed by your OB so you can claim the remaining portion of your maternity benefit and validate your pregnancy. This has to be submitted to your employer together with the supporting documents so they can reimburse the amount they gave you in advance (50% to 70% of the amount is provided once you submit the Mat-1 Form) and help get the rest of the benefit.
(Just FYI - the current rate of the SSS Maternity Benefit is P32,000 for normal delivery and P41,000 for cesarean delivery. This can help cut down your overall cost for having a baby. It's also non-taxable).
5. Marriage Certificate (if you'e married).
6. Original Valid IDs with photocopies (for yourself and your husband/partner) .
7. PhilHealth Claim Forms (1-3) & Certificate of Monthly Contribution (Click here to download the forms). If you're a qualified member, you are entitled to P19,000 deductible from your hospital bill for cesarean delivery (or P6,500 for normal delivery). You also get an additional P1,750 deductible as part of the newborn package.
CF1 will be accomplished and signed by member and employer
CF2 will be accomplished and signed by hospital
CF3 will be accomplished and signed by the attending physician/doctor
Reminder: Ask your employer to issue your Certificate of Monthly Contribution well in advance (like, 6-8 weeks before your due date). This is a required supporting document for claims.
8. HMO Reimbursement Claim Form & HMO Card (click here to get copy of the form). Majority of the HMOs provide maternity assistance. In the case of PhilCare, they'll reimburse a portion of your bill for every childbirth. As far as I know, this is around P12,000. Only a few HMOs provide full Maternity benefits (as in -- they'll cover the cost of check-ups up to delivery). Anyway, you shouldn't be thinking of making a baby if you're not prepared financially to shoulder the whole cost.
9. Latest Ultrasound Results. This isn't a main requirement but just in case you didn't have your ultrasound at the hospital where you're going to deliver, make sure to bring this.
There you go. :)
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