Documents Needed for your Maternity Benefits

Note: This is for Voluntary Members only.

May it be for Philhealth or SSS, Maternity benefit is a big help to every mother. Just make sure that you have all the requirements and correct number of contributions in order to avail the benefits.

I am quite lucky as I have time to settle and plan my payments ahead of time thus meeting the minimum number of contributions to avail the said benefits. For Philhealth, its a minimum of 9 months contribution, and for SSS they are requiring a minimum of 3 months.

Hoping to help pregnant ladies like me, I have listed the requirements needed for the availment of your Maternity Benefits. Please note that it is my own list, so if there’s anything amiss please contact the involved offices for further questions.


Requirements for SSS Maternity Benefit:

  1. MAT 1 (Maternity Notification) – You need to submit this atleast 60 days from date of conception. Also an ultrasound as evidence of your pregnancy or Doctor’s certificate indicating the date of your expected delivery. They will receive the form, record the data and return it to you.
  2. MAT 2 (Maternity Reimbursement) – You just need to fill up the form and submit it with other requirements.
  3. UMID or 2 valid ID’s with photo and date of birth or if you have applied for UMID and haven’t received it yet you can submit the UMID Stub.
  4. SSS Contribution receipts (RS-5)
  5. Summary of discharge (request to Hospital)
  6. For NORMAL Delivery:
  • Birth Certificate (NSO or Civil Local Registrar)

For Cesarean Delivery:

  • Birth Certificate (NSO or Civil Local Registrar)
  • Operating Room / Surgical memorandum certified by Hospital
  • OB History form (request to OB)

Submit and have the SSS received all requirements and just wait for your check to be delivered at home.

*** SSS maternity benefit amount differs from everyone as it depends on your salary bracket and how much you contributed every month.


How to compute for your SSS Maternity Benefit?

Sample computation: Due date of October 2016 – You only paid your premium from January 2016 to June 2016 with corresponding salary credit amounting to 9,500 (or you paid 1,045 monthly) your computation would be:
9,500 x 6 months = 57,000
57,000 / 180 days = 316.66 daily maternity benefit
316.66 x 60 days = P 19,000 maternity benefit for Normal delivery
316.66 x 78 days = P 24,700 maternity benefit for Cesarean delivery


Requirements for Philhealth Maternity Benefit:

As of writing, what I know is that for Normal delivery it will be Php 6,000 less to your hospital bills and for Cesarean delivery it will be Php 19,000 less.

  1. CF1 to CF3 (you can get this at the hospital) just fill up the forms.
  2. Philhealth ID (xerox and original)
  3. MDR (Member Data Record)
  4. Receipt of Payment  (xerox and original)
  5. Summary of Contributions


I also created a checklist of all documents (combined in a folder with label for each files) that I will bring together with my hospital bag. I will be orienting my sister and husband regarding this documents too just to be sure that everything is in place.

Documents to bring to the Hospital:

  1. OB admission slip / referral letter
  2. Marriage contract  (xerox and original)
  3. ID – me and husband’s  (xerox and original)
  4. Baby book with all my laboratory results inside
  5. All forms for Philhealth
  6. All forms for SSS
  7. Mother’s information sheet
  8. Birth Certificate cheat sheet

*** Items 7 and 8 needs to be created ahead of time as it will serve as a cheat sheet to make sure that there won’t be any typographical error especially for the birth certificate as we know that It can be a real hassle to have this corrected in NSO eventually. Also, I don’t think I’ll be sane enough and not in pain if ever the nurses will be asking me about my medical history.

birth certificate cheat sheetmother's information sheet

All things and effort considered in compiling the documents needed I think it is all worth it. Thinking of the amount you’ll be receiving and the deduction in your hospital bill is a big help especially in the arrival of your new baby which we’re all aware can be very costly.

Hope this helps!



Getting my documents ready at 31 weeks and counting… Lord please give me a normal delivery and a healthy baby boy🙂

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FTM’s Baby Shopping List / Hospital Bag Checklist

Shopping and walking… Ahhh the things I love and hate these days, but overall I am excited to do this as this is a first time experience for me! Before whenever I pass by the Baby Company in SM stores I’ve always have that “I don’t belong here” feeling, but now its always my “check out what’s new here” hobby whenever I’m in the area hahaha😊

After browsing different sites and blogs of other Moms, I’ve streamlined and come up with my own shopping list. (I’ll be editing the list from time to time depending on how useful or    not the items are). The entry serves as my hospital bag checklist too. So it you find the list kind of mixed up I’m sorry but as mentioned this serves a dual purpose for me.


Bye Miss Piggy!😦


  1. Diaper newborn size – I prefer Huggies dry comfort
  2. Mittens
  3. Tie sides top / sando
  4. Shorts
  5. Longsleeves
  6. Pajama
  7. Socks
  8. Bonnet
  9. Baby wash – Cetaphil and Human Nature
  10. Baby shampoo
  11. Baby bath towel
  12. Cotton and baby wipes (unscented)
  13. Container with cap (for cotton)
  14. Bibs
  15. Receiving blankets
  16. Nappy cream – Human Nature (for rashes)
  17. Baby powder
  18. Wash clothes / Lampin and clips
  19. Burp clothes
  20. Onesies
  21. Swaddling blanket
  22. Vicks baby vaporub
  23. Net for mosquitos
  24. Baby carrier
  25. Stroller – I’m eyeing Graco Mirage Zigzag
  26. Wooden crib with complete set of mattress, blanket and pillows (I am not yet sure whether to buy a wooden crib or play pen)
  27. Mosquito patch
  28. Nail cutter
  29. Hair brush
  30. Changing mat waterproof
  31. Complete bottle set (I’m deciding between Avent or Pigeon with Peristaltic and wide neck)
  32. Manual breast pump
  33. Cycles Laundry detergent



GRACO Mirage Zigzag priced at Php 7,999.75



  1. Disposable under pads
  2. Nursing cover
  3. Nursing pillow
  4. Disposable underwear
  5. Goig home outfit – dress
  6. Socks
  7. Alcohol
  8. Bath towel
  9. Ballpens
  10. Dress with front opening (for breastfeeding)
  11. Robe
  12. Nursing bra
  13. Nursing pads / breast pad
  14. Liquid handwash
  15. Lip balm
  16. Mints / candy
  17. Nipple cream
  18. Bra extender
  19. Maternity pads and adult diaper
  20. Slippers
  21. Binder – This will be a splurge as I want the Wink Ultimate Postpartum Ultra Bikini worth Php 4,320 (check their website here!)
  22. Toiletries
  • Betadine feminine wash
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Deodorant
  • Lotion
  • Body wash / Soap
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Comb and Hair tie



  1. Change of clothes
  2. Pillow and blanket
  3. Phone / camera and charger
  4. Cash


Additional notes and reminder:

  • Pack your own food and drinks for convenience
  • Use ziplocks to pack and label everything
  • Advisable three bags in total, one bag each for baby, mom and dad
  • Keep underpads ready in your car
  • Wash baby clothes using baby laundry detergent (cycles)


Thoughts: I am excited to buy the Human Nature baby products as I’ve read several good reviews about the brand but I’m also planning to use Cetaphil because it is highly recommended by doctors. Anyway, It all depends on the baby’s skin reaction. As for the feeding bottles, this will just be for stand by as I am planning to exclusively breastfeed our son. As for the binder, well with the price it really is a splurge I hope it can do wonders to bring back my pre-pregnancy body. 


So there goes my shopping and hospital bag checklist. I hope this is enough preparation so I’ll be ready comes delivery day. I may be ready materially but what’s really worrying me is the labor pain that’s about to come. I’ve been reading everything about childbirth and labor and knowing my turn is just around the corner… (heavy clouds above my head) but then just like any other storm, a very bright rainbow and Mr. Sun is always there in the end. This time it has a name – Sebastian Castaneda Hamoy



31 weeks tomorrow! Lord please grant me a normal  labor and healthy baby boy…

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Borderline to having Gestational Diabetes

Is there such thing?

Borderline, almost there, barely passed – these are the words that my doctor mentioned as she discusses and interprets my glucose tolerance test laboratory results. If you’ve read my post about my OGTT experience I assumed there that I passed and was elated when I thought I did😦

But there goes the doctor’s order: see an Endocronologist.

She multiplied my results to some numbers and next thing I knew my results are not within the average range anymore which resulted to my gestational diabetes borderline verdict.

Based from my research in different pregnancy forums I expect to discuss my meal plan, be on a diet and monitor my glucose level after every meal. Sounds depressing If you’ll ask me but then here I go again assuming hahaha🙂

I will let you know and keep you posted after I see my Endo.

Anyway, for now I’ll be watching my diet and do some exercises!


P.S. Please pray for us to have a healthy and normal labor (cross fingers)



30 weeks tomorrow and counting…

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My Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT)

My OB has spoken. I am in for an ORAL GLUCOSE TOLERANCE TEST (OGTT), The basis? well first of, it is now a standard procedure done to all pregnant women in their 24-28 weeks. second, my family tree seems to have all bear the “diabetes” fruit and lastly, my weight gain betrays me😦

The preparation is to fast for 8 hours without food and water which is fine by me since I am asleep most of the time, but since my clinic is inside a mall, I waited for it to open at 10 in the morning and so my fasting lasted longer than 8 hours, considering that the procedure took 3 hours to finish.

They first took my baseline test. The first blood sample is used to measure the level of sugar in your blood when you’ve been fasting. Then they gave me a sweet, sugar concentrated mixture to drink. An hour after drinking the sugary drink, they again, took my 1st hour blood sample and again, after another hour for the 2nd hour blood sample. They asked me to stay within the clinic while waiting for my extractions so as to avoid fatigue that may affect the processing of glucose in my body.


The blood extraction weren’t that bad, thanks to the very careful and professional lady that took it. But its the dizziness – my body’s reaction from drinking the concentrated mixture combined with the hunger that bothers me.

Anyway, after the test I rewarded myself with good food. No sugar.

Based from my results, I think I barely passed. “Think” and “barely passed” are the words because I have not yet visited my OB for interpretation.


My OGTT was done in MedCentral at SM Taytay and it costs Php 1,000. My health card ASIANLIFE does not cover it since its not a routine procedure for a sickness. (They don’t consider Pregnancy as a sickness – as most or all health cards do). But a bright side here is, they cover my doctors fee for consultation. As well as some of the laboratories such as urinalysis etc. Good thing that my doctor is an OB-Sonologist so her consultation comes with a free ultrasound (It’ll be a hassle and quite costly to pay for an ultrasound separately).


MedCentral SM Taytay | Basement 1 Bldg. B, SM City Taytay Dolores, Taytay Rizal | 0939-6072700 | 02-5703191


There’s my experience for the OGTT. I hope that I am able to help other pregnant ladies out there who research the procedure prior to having it as I did before I had one.

27 weeks exactly, 13 to go… and baby’s out!


Praying for a normal and safe delivery,

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CUCINA Breakfast Buffet

I am never a morning person. It’s a bad habit, me always having brunch and skipping breakfast in favour of a longer sleep. But whenever I am checked-in a fancy hotel, I am up by 7 in the morning… for I will never miss the breakfast buffet. And so on our Marco Polo Ortigas Staycation, To CUCINA off I go!


After giving them our room number, we’re seated and given our choice of drinks. Mine was hot chocolate and my sister’s coffee. Like any other buffet there are different stations: bread, sausages, juices, cereals, salad and many others.

Warning: Pictures overload


I tried the green juice and like any other healthy food, It does not taste good, but you have to consume its benefits.



They have different gluten free choices which seems to be the “in” thing these days.


Cereals and dry fruits, perfect combination together with a bowl of milk


Jars of yogurt and mixed fruits . I tried the yogurt and well, same thoughts as that of their green juice.


Here’s one station that I truly enjoyed🙂


Of course, Filipino food at its best.


Sad to say, their waffles and pancakes are cold and the honey / syrup taste different from usual.


The vegetable, pancit and sausage station.


Bread with different choices of ham and cheese.

  • I didn’t get a photo of all food stations. These are just the highlights as there are plenty of them.😊


The restaurant is open from 6:00 am – 10:00am and has a very fine selection. As mentioned in my hotel review of Marco Polo Ortigas the staff service is impeccable. The foods are inviting and so is the ambience of the restaurant itself.

To end, CUCINA is a very relaxed place to start your day indeed.


For reservations or inquiries: or call at (+632) 720-7720.


Let’s go eat breakfast,

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Review: Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel

Ever since it opened in 2014, I have always wanted to visit the Marco Polo Hotel in Ortigas, Pasig City. But due to work, marriage and now comes pregnancy I’ve forgotten all about it…

Thanks to that one faithful browsing night in Instagram, we decided to have an on the spot planning and book their weekend dine, stay and play package for superior room priced at Php 5,800 in total for 2 guests overnight stay. So comes the weekend, we had our staycation!

A complimentary parking is available for guests, and if you have a companion who wants to park in their building they charge a fee of Php 100 for the first three hours.


Checking in was a breeze because of the prompt and courteous receptionist.

Their lobby is located in the 24th floor (ergo their tagline of Philippine’s First Sky Hotel) because the other lower floors were occupied by offices.




Our room’s in the 27th floor adjacent to the MERALCO building providing us a great view of the city and traffic.twin beds of pure comfort


Twin beds of pure comfort

All complementaries are complete: You got your mineral water, soap, shampoo, body gel, toothbrush, cotton buds, slippers and many others. But one thing that is very important and missing: They do not have a bidet😦

Mustering all my second trimester energy, we decided to take a dip in the pool while my sister tries their gym which I find really inviting with their modern equipments and available gym trainer. If it hadn’t been pregnant I might have a go on their Treadmill.

And so I dip and swam to my heart’s content in their pool instead, which is  just the perfect temperature. They also have a jacuzzi in the corner which I didn’t get into as my condition restrain me. Their pool area in 22nd floor which is open from 6:00am-10:00pm is one of the highlights of my visit. I really enjoyed it. Why? It’s indoor with a great view, good ambience, tempting sofa seats to rest on, unlimited available dry towels and free cucumber water on standby. Not to mention that there were only few guests or almost none when we’re there🙂 and to cap it all off they have one of the best shower areas I’ve been to! Talk about great amenities and superb service from all the attentive staffs.


Before bed time I did indulge a few hours in the bath tub. Tip though: Bring your own bath salt/foam that’s oozing with foam and scent because the one they have there seems bland.

* I’ll be having a separate post for our buffet breakfast in CUCINA.

Overall, The Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel experience is very luxurious, relaxing and simply nice. The room is spot on with all the great features, their amenities are well maintained, the restroom is clean, modern and sleek. But for me, the highlight will be that of superb attentive service from their staff plus the affordable price it all comes with.


MARCO POLO ORTIGAS, MANILA  |  Meralco Avenue and Sapphire Street, Ortigas Centre, Pasig City,1600,  Manila,  Philippines  |  Email:  |  Tel: (+632) 720 7777


P.S. This is me at 26 weeks🙂


Nessy and Nessly at Marco Polo Ortigas Hotel – July 2016


Good Job! Marco Polo Ortigas… I will see you soon, again!

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Clinica Antipolo Hospital Tour

3 months before my due date, I opted to have a “maternity / delivery ” hospital tour in Clinica Antipolo. The hospital is one of my options to have my baby come D-day. Its 25 minutes away from home and is fairly new considering it opened last 2012.


The maternity rate depends on your doctor. Mine was priced at Php 40,000 for normal delivery and Php 70,000 for Caesarean delivery. As per their admitting department, the maternity package comes with a private room  (Php 1,700) but upon checking, the room seems small so if you opted to have a regular private room (Php 2,000) the package wouldn’t be counted as a whole but rather it will become a per item of availment computation.

rm 2


Semi-Private Room (Php 1,500)

This is quite a pickle as I prefer the regular private room. Actually its just the same in terms of room component, the only difference is the room size as it can accomodate more people / visitors.

room 1

Regular Private Room (Php 2,000)

We’re able to see the operation room, delivery room, nursery, NICU, chapel, lobby and all other facilities in relation to the maternity tour. I asked if they allow a companion during delivery and they said no because of the need to preserve sterilization, but I’m still thinking of pushing my OB to agree to have my spouse with me.

*** Update: I asked my OB If my husband can go with me in the delivery room, and she said it depends on him. Based from her experience, she said that some husbands tends to disrupt the labor due to panic or a different reaction upon seeing all the bloods and stuff.

lobby 2

Lobby and Information Area

All in all, the hospital seems new, clean and not depressing to visit as most hospitals are. They even have a pianist performing in their lobby if that adds to it being not gloomy. The parking is quite limited, and the nearest establishments are 7 minutes away in Robinsons Place Antipolo.


*** I’ve been looking for Clinica Antipolo reviews online especially from other Mom’s blog  and forums but can’t find any. If ever I’ll be having my delivery here I will post one.


If you want to know more about Clinica Antipolo, here’s their contact details:

Address: Lot 4 Sen. L. Sumulong Mem. Circle (Taktak Road) Dela Paz, Antipolo City

695-9480 to 87  |  695-9435

Email:  |


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Our BusinessCoach, Inc. Seminar Experience

What it feels like to be your own boss?

Having your own business seems to have many perks. The title of being a CEO? Your own time, good standing in terms of VISA applications and many others. But of course, you need to invest in effort and money and again, many others.

My sister and I have always been on this dream state of owning our own business. There are many ideas of what business to pursue but a pre-school / day care center makes the most sense since my sister is a teacher and she has a masteral degree which is a requirement to be a principal of a school and… Well, me to be more on the administrative, marketing and creatives side. The combination seems great.

And so, aside from research thru blogs, business books and asking friends who are pre-school owners, we decided to take it to the next level by attending a seminar with a professional speaker and there enters – BusinessCoach, Inc.

The company is a provider of quality business seminars which would enhance skills and contribute to entrepreneurial or career success. It is committed to keep abreast with the latest advances in the business, and focused on the strategic aspects of how to build and maintain a viable and profitable business.

 BusinessCoach, Inc. is involved in the stringent selection of a pool of speakers from all fields, trades, and professions. It hopes to provide valuable programmes that are applicable, timely, and significant. BusinessCoach Inc. hopes to make managers’ and entrepreneurs’ lives easier, better, and richer. (Grabbed from their website –

We attended the How to start and manage a pre-school or day center seminar.


We simply called their office to register, paid at BDO and send the deposit slip via email. Then comes their confirmation text and we’re set the next day.

The seminar is a whole day affair at 9-4pm, snacks and lunch are provided. The seminar room is comfortable. A typical seminar arrangement of handouts, slides presentation, group activity and question and answer, and to cap it all off – the class picture.

Our resource speaker, Mrs. Hovertalina Julieta P. Camba, MAED is very good. She came in well prepared with all the possible sample documents that she can provide us, a checklist for the DepEd requirements, samples of curriculum, sample tuition computations and other helpful materials. The discussion is very thorough from start to finish.

The majority of participants are educators who wants to put up their own school, and some are business partners like me whose there for support😊.


Anyway, comes the end we received our certification, gained some friends and somewhat sinks into information overload. I highly recommend this seminar and is very interested to attend all their other ones. The time spent and knowledge gained in the seminar is an investment already.


sorry for the quality of this photo😦


To know more about BusinessCoach, Inc. here are their contact details:

Address: Unit 201 Richbelt Tower Condominium, 17 Annapolis St. Greenhills, San Juan City, Metro Manila

727-5628 | 225-6616 | 0908-3423162 | TeleFax 727-8860

Email: | Website:
Ready to be an Entrepreneur,

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Congenital Anomaly Scan at In My Womb Megamall

After reading other blogs and pregnancy articles to see what CAS (Congenital Anomaly Scan) is all about, it made me quite anxious and nervous as there’s the question of “what if something’s wrong?” But then just as about everything in life offers, we need to be prepared come what may…

What is CAS? 

Congenital Anomaly Scan or CAS is a more detailed scan which is often done from 18-24th week of pregnancy to check if the baby is developing normally. This ultrasound takes a closer look at your baby’s every part of the body and also the sonologist look at where the placenta is lying in your uterus.

Prior to deciding if I’ll do the procedure, I did my research and asked my OB GYNE If I should get one, she told me that since I am not over 35 and is a low risk, meaning I do not have any underlying pregnancy issues that It’s totally up to me and she does not require me. But then being quite paranoid as a first time mom, I decided to go ahead and get one for two things: peace of mind and I want to see my baby thoroughly.

I decided to have my CAS in In My Womb (Megamall branch) due to promixity. The appointment thru text was a breeze and so come June 27 at 10:30am I was all set.

I am exactly at 24 weeks and 4 days during my CAS procedure. They asked me to fill up some form and waiver, and asked for a referral slip from my OB, then we proceeded to start…

The ultrasound room and viewing room for your companions are separated but not. Imagine that of an interrogation room in a police station without glass😊 sorry, that’s the only comparison I have in mind.  Anyway, there’s a huge flat screen TV that reflects what is shown in the ultrasound monitor for everyone to see. I was not able to take pictures because: 1. No photo or video allowed inside the procedure room. 2. I am nervous.

The procedure lasted for about 25 minutes, that’s a whole lot of exposure for the baby! Good thing he was active even though I was not able to drink orange juice per their prep notice but still our baby is kinda shy to give us a long time to peek of HIS THING… He’s quite bored or sleepy I guess.

And going back to his thing… YES! HE is a wonderful BABY BOY!!! I finally have a little Eloy of my own❤️❤️❤️

The results are in: Everythig is fine and normal. Thank you God!

All data encoded are printed right after the procedure and will be given to you together with atleast 5 pictures. We only availed the 2D CAS because as per research, 2D’s see the organs much better but It was definitely a happy moment that we are able to see his face in 3D as the doctor showed it to us to get a clearer view that he has an intact facial features (no cleft palate etc.) We paid Php 3,000 for the 2D CAS.


To those who are interested to have the CAS and other services from In My Womb, here are their contact details:

SM Megamall branch – 5th level Atrium across chapel

0917-8my womb | 0917-8699662 | 638-9629 | website:

Well, there goes our CAS experience and a subtle gender reveal. Hope I was able to help future moms whose also thinking of getting CAS and kind of persuaded you to get one too.😊


Me, turning 25 weeks this Thursday,

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DIY Cake Topper

How many times have I looked through Pinterest’s Wedding Category… to the point that I’ve come to memorize most of the images that’s repeatedly pinned and posted.


Image grabbed from confetti day dreams website

I find this cake topper design simple yet charming and doable hahaha! Being on the creative side I convinced my then fiance to do just that. A Do-It-Yourself cake topper. I am appreciative of him because well, he did most of the work and I watched🙂


We used an illustration board as a material but realized that it is too thin to stand on its own so we doubled and pasted it back to back, and put on a little wire inside just to be sure. Then we painted it gold and add lots of glitters too.

Come wedding day, I think it is mostly me and my husband who noticed it but then its the process of doing it is what’s worth it.


Our wedding cake from Estrels’s. Taste and Design at its finest!


Tap the creatives in you,

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