Giving birth can be expensive even before COVID-19. Expect it to be even higher now. With the fast-spreading and potentially fatal respiratory disease, all healthcare workers are taking necessary precautions by wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Hospitals do charge you for PPE used by health professionals who attended to you during your stay in the hospital.
Anticipating the added expense for childbirth, moms from the Smart Parenting Village who gave birth during quarantine shared how much they shelled out for childbirth expenses. The cost varies on the type of delivery, health circumstances, and hospital.
These can give you an idea of the hospital birth costs in the 'new normal' going forward or until there's a vaccine or effective treatment against COVID-19.
How much do hospital births cost during COVID-19?
Based on moms' feedback on how much PPE cost, N95 masks can cost from P200 to P500 a piece, while one full PPE suit for one person ranges from P650 to P2500 to P5000. Here's how much the total expense can add up to with professional fees, PhilHealth discounts, and all, just to give you an idea about childbirth expenses today.
Note: Answers have been edited for clarity.
1. Emergency C-Section (ECS) births
"I gave birth last March 27. Our bill was P126,000 total. OB-gyn PF is P50,000, anesthesiologist is P20,000 and pediatrician is P10,000. Buti wala pa noong COVID-19 test for pregnant, which costs P9,000 din ata. Kasama lang sa bill ko mga PPE at mask na ginamit during operation. I opted for a private room din due to COVID-19 and stayed in the hospital for two days." — Mommy Ayen
Christ the King Parish Church in Las Piñas: P75,000
"I gave birth last April 16 via ECS sa Christ the King Parish Church, Las Piñas. Total bill is around P75,000 net of PhilHealth and including na 'yung kay baby. I stayed in a private room sa hospital for two days. All PPEs and masks are included in the bill, plus required tests like X-ray or blood test." — Mommy Joana
Zarate General Hospital in Las Piñas: about P100,000
"I gave birth via ECS at Zarate General Hospital in Las Piñas. I stayed in the hospital for three days, and the total bill was almost P100,000. I got a discount from my doctors, then less P19,000 for PhilHealth. Mga P70,000 na lang binayaran namin." — Mommy Antonette
Soriano-Leyble Medical and Maternity Hospital in Antipolo: P100,000
"I gave birth last April 9 via ECS at Soriano-Leyble Medical and Maternity Hospital. We paid P100,000, less PhilHealth na. Medyo mahal kasi professional fee ni OB ko." — Mommy Sarah
Emilio Aguinaldo College in Cavite: P114,000
"I gave birth via ECS last March 24 at Emilio Aguinaldo College in Cavite and got discharged on March 26. Ang bill ko was P104,000 then P11,000 kay baby. Na-less na PhilHealth. — Mommy Aeizza
Manila East Medical Center in Taytay: P101,000
"P101,000 for ECS sa Manila East Medical Center, Taytay, Rizal. With additional payments for PPE ng mga doctors and their professional fees." — Mommy Chrysse
Las Piñas Doctors' Hospital: P140,000
"Sa Las Piñas Doctors' Hospital, umabot ako ng P140,000 for ECS." — Mommy Elle
Makati Medical Center: P270,000
"I gave birth via ECS last March 18 sa MakatiMed. I stayed in the hospital for four days. Doctors PFs ng OB is P95,000, anesthesiologist is P47,000, pediatrician P18,500, and endocrinologist is P14,000. We paid a total of P270,000, less na ang PhilHealth." — Mommy Veronica
2. C-section (CS) births
"CS for P79,000, less PhilHealth na. I gave birth just last March 20 during enhanced community quarantine."— Mommy Lois
"I gave birth last April 5 in Cavite via scheduled CS with ligation. I stayed 24 hours in the hospital. I paid P80,000, PhilHealth already deducted." — Mommy Kristelkyler
VT Maternity Hospital in Marikina City: P101,000
"Mine was P101,000 and less na ang Philhealth. I gave birth via ECS last April 7 at VT Maternity." —Mommy Jonah
Unihealth-Parañaque Hospital & Medical Center: P113,000
"I gave birth April 27 via CS at Unihealth Parañaque. The total bill was P113,000 with PhilHealth discount. Kung walang PhilHealth, aabot ng P150,000. Lahat ng PPEs at N95 na ginamit ng mga nurses at doctors naka-bill sa amin." — Mommy Charm
Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa: P250,000
"CS at Asian Hospital costs P250,000. PhilHealth covered around P20,000." — Mommy Jei
3. Vaginal births
"Normal delivery cost us more than P170,000 COVID-19 suspect kasi si mommy due to diarrhea. She was isolated even after delivery. We met each other after her COVID-19 result came out. Same for our baby's COVID-19 test. Because of that, isolation, PPE's additional infectious disease doctors were added to the health management of my wife and baby. The usual 25,000 became that big for four days." — Daddy Jay
Medical Center Taguig: P100,000
"P100,000 for natural spontaneous delivery (NSD) at Medical Center Taguig. Our room was ward only for mommy and baby. We were quoted only P65,000 pero sobrang mahal ng professional fee ni OB-gyn pala, plus PPE is charged to the patient." — Mommy Mia
Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa: P180,000
"I gave birth last March 3 sa Asian Hospital. Total bill including kay baby and less PhilHealth is P180,000, normal delivery." — Mommy Marjorie
South Superhighway Medical Center: P32,000
"Pinag-ready kami ng P60,000 to P70,000 for NSD, or P90,000 to P100,000 for CS sa Unihealth Parañaque or Parañaque Doctors' Hospital, but closed sila due to COVID-19. I gave birth via NSD last April 13 sa South SuperHighway Medical Center. We spent P32,000 overall and bawas na din ang PhilHealth." —Mommy Jessa
Los Baños Doctors Hospital: P40,000
"I gave birth last April 16 in Los Baños Doctors Hospital in Laguna. Normal delivery, and ang bill namin ni baby is almost P40,000." — Mommy Zea
Marcelo Hospital in Baliuag, Bulacan: P42,000
"I gave birth via normal delivery with bilateral tubal ligation (BTL) in Marcelo Hospital in Baliuag, Bulacan just last May 6, 2020. Stayed in the hospital for two days and we paid for 33,000. Total bill was P42,000, including newborn screening, pedia consultation, and medicines. PhilHealth discount was worth P9,000." — Mommy Molly Grace
*This story originally appeared on Smartparenting.com.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.