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Visiting Fabella Hospital

February 1, 2013

I first heard of Fabella as a new mom from Chuvaness. Reading about the resilience of these mothers, babies and the hardworking staff of the hospital is enough to make you pack up your whining and deal with real life. Fabella Hospital has been nicknamed “the baby factory”, and with as much as 70 births a day, there’s no wonder why.

I’ve been trying to schedule a visit for me and The Painter for some time now, so when Johnson’s Baby Philippines offered us a visit to the hospital and take a look at their Touch Therapy facilities, Orley and I did not hesitate to confirm.

It was a madhouse. Fabella’s nickname “baby factory” is true to the letter. Right from the entrance of the hospital, to the labor and delivery area and the maternity wards, it was a whirlpool of human activity and a cacophony of noise. Inspite of the mayhem, there is an air of excitement laced with joy and a positive vibe still prevails. I guess nothing can damper the joy of a baby coming into the world.

The Fabella maternity ward

We were taken through the labor room, the delivery room, the pediatric ward and the maternity ward. It was very eye-opening and it was wonderful to talk to the moms who had just given birth. They came in all ages, shapes and sizes. From the “seasoned” mother of 5 to the young girls in their very, VERY, early teens.

photo by Lawrence del Mundo

I cast my politics aside on that day (but just so you know, I am happy that the RH Bill passed), and focused on the hospital’s care policies. For simple, spartan hospital, you will be amazed at their implementation of the Essential Newborn Care Protocol or Unang Yakap. Their breastfeeding support is outstanding, and their milk bank is amazing, as reported to us by Jenny Ong.

Fabella practices Touch Therapy, an endeavor that is significantly supported by Johnson’s Baby Philippines. We were taken through their procedures by Dr. Santiago, and it was so enlightening to hear how this humble hospital is at the forefront of implementing a protocol that saves baby’s lives. It was so inspiring to see breastfeeding and babywearing being encouraged and practiced by the moms there.

The Johnson’s Touch Therapy Institute in Fabella

Dr. Pinky Imperial demonstrates their kangaroo care technique at Fabella. Photo by Lawrence del Mundo.

photo by Lawrence del Mundo

Daddy’s turn to administer kangaroo care. Photo by Lawrence del Mundo.

The Painter was so energized. It was a visit the two of us will never forget and hope to do again someday soon.

Thank you Johnson’s Baby Philippines for the wonderful experience!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 1, 2013 12:04 pm

    this is wonderful eli! thanks for sharing this 🙂 i have a fellow mom in DSAPI who gave birth at Fabella. it’s good to know that moms and babes aren’t “kawawa” and are still given the best care possible.

  2. anywherejourney permalink
    February 1, 2013 1:16 pm

    I myself had experienced given birth to a public hospital, not Fabella though. This was the time when my family was financially down with the timing of being pregnant again. Comparing it to giving birth to a private hospital it was very depressing. After I had given birth I had to sit for my first day in the hospital because there was no more bed available. On the second day I had to share bed with another two mothers which means that we mothers cannot lie down because the babies have to take the space of the bed (the babies are given immediately to the mothers after the new born test). Good thing I had given a normal birth so on the 3rd day my baby and I was able to get home for the much needed rest that we both need.

    But I would have to say that public hospitals are very strict when it comes to breasfeeding inplementation, which is good. Other moms have to even share their breastmilk for those moms that have difficulty with their own breastmilk. And I’m very grateful that we have public hospitals because it was my lifeline during that time. I hope that we can work out our problems especially with the shortage of healthworkers and enough facilities.

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