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An Expat Talks about What is Was Like Having a Baby in Olongapo, Philippines

Jan 25, 2019


An expat in Olongapo talks about having a baby in the Philippines - having a c-section, needing to pay doctors in pesos and getting advice from other expats.

What is the name of the city or town that you are reporting on?

Olongapo

How recently did you give birth in the country that you are reporting on?

July 2, 2018

Describe your experience giving birth there. What type of facility did you go to? What (if any) type of pain management did you use? How long did you stay in the hospital? Was it a positive experience? Etc...

Delivery in Baypointe Hospital in Freeport Zone. It's more expensive than some other hospitals but higher quality service. Epidural by a separate anesthesiologist. C-section performed because cervix not dilate (open up) enough. Good experience overall. Must pay doctors in pesos. Can use credit card for other hospital services

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How did you choose your doctor, midwife or other type of medical professional?

From advice of other foreigners in Zambales area

If you were to have another child in this country, would you do anything differently in terms of preparation and/or the delivery?

Keep ultrasound records from doctors office and hospital.

If a friend of yours living in the same country were expecting, what advice would you give her?

Find best doctor within 30 kilometer area; get her recommendation of best hospital.

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