Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Birth Class # 205 Congrats Earl & Cess Caasi

 20111130 (Prepared Childbirth Class) PCC # 205 Nov.-Dec.in Solinan, Makati,
                   Dates: Nov. 20, 26 & 27

Earl Stephen Caasi and Cess Lolin Caasi

Birth Class: # 205 Congrats to Chatru & Candy Estilo!

20111130 (Prepared Childbirth Class) PCC # 205 Nov.-Dec. class

A 3 day crush course in birth class just finished last week end (Nov. 20, 26 & 27). I'm so glad I decided to put up one before the end of the year. There were 11 couples who attended and was so grateful I did. One of them is the couple below. Both warm and hot lawyers, with tattoos and all! Would you believe?!

Chatru Anthony Cabali Estilo and Candy Binalay-Estilo

What do preggy couples bring during potluck?

Video YouTube: Chiqui Brosas One of Successful Philippine Representatives to the Miss Universe (updated)

Going back in time 36 ago...
Chiqui Brosas
4th Runner-up Miss Universe Beauty Pageant

Guada Sanchez relinquishes her crown 

Chiqui Brosas Best in Swimsuit 

Miss Photogenic 1975 

Video YouTube: How Were You Born?

Must watch!!! 
Amazing animation of fertilization/conception and the formation of human life! 
sperm meet egg...

Video YouTube must see! The Design of the Human Sperm


The Miracle of Human Creation part (1) must see

For we are magnificently, wonderfully and fearfully made!

Video YouTube: How to deliver a baby in a taxi cab


Most births that are born fast are usually uncomplicated births. Have the best qualified person deliver the baby. In this case, it would be you, the father who attended my birth class. Park the car in a safe place and place the mother to be in the back seat of the car.  Make sure your hands are clean and have a towel or a clean cloth like your shirt ready to  use to wrap the baby. When she delivers, just catch the baby. Make sure he cries and put him on his mother's breasts. Cover and keep him warm. No need to cut the umbilical cord or pull on the placenta. Just drive them safely to the hospital. 

Congratulations, you just delivered your baby!

Watch Philippine TV Entertainment



(video from YouTube)
The 10 Finalists in the Binibining Pilipinas Beauty Pageant 2009
My daughter, Regina Brosas Hahn, was 2nd Runner Up. 
 She was only qualified to compete for the Miss Universe Title because of her age. 
I'm so very proud of her!!! 

Monday, November 28, 2011

1 Day Crush Course in Birth Class Dec. 3, 2011


Prepared Childbirth Class
PCC # 206 December Class

Date: December 3, 2012 (Saturday)
Time: 9-12pm
          12-1pm Lunch Break, Pot Luck
Venue: Robinson Circle Subdivision, H.P. Javier
          3380 Dona Feliza Condo., Unit 325
          Pasig Cityncor
Along Dept. of Education and Valle Verde Country Club and  beside Phoenix Subdivision and near Victoria Court (of Canly Road cor. HP Javier)

Bring:  Your own drinks, food to share (potluck), mat & 2 pillows (we will be seating on the floor), come in comfy casual clothes, wear pants, leggings or shorts.

Must pre-register:
Contact Olive in any of the two ways:
1.) Email: birthtimes@gmail.com
2.) Text: +63917-4770628  cc: 9017-88BIRTH (24784)
"YES2BIRTH names/ edd/ hospital/ OB/ mobile no./  office & res.no./ email/ Facebook email add./ how did you first learn about me?"
Note: Please complete the details above when you pre-register.

Birth Story: by Rina Azcuna-Siongco, I was induced to go into labor...


Rina Azcuna-Siongco posted a photo to your Wall.
Hi! I gave birth na last Fri (Nov 18) to a healthy baby girl, Ari (short for Ma. Gabriela). I was induced to go into labor 4 days before my due date since my amniotic fluid was low already. But after 16 hours of active labor, I was still only 1 cm, so I ended up having a C-section.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Article: by Cata de Jesus from Sine Ceria

Column: Sine Cera, Malaya Business Insight
Title: More on GMRC: Good Manners and
        Right Conduct
        By Cata Salazar-de Jesus

It was a pleasant surprise to get a whole bunch of positive feedback about last week's topic, GMRC. Happily, I discovered that it's not a lost cause! Parents who emailed me said that they were going to share the essay with their children and friends. People who ran their own businesses said they were going to photocopy it and share it with their staff. Great! Let's keep the ball rolling. We might actually end up a nation delightfully crawling with people who are not only hospitable, but also uniquely endowed with GMRC. So let's pick up from where we left off...

16. Enough already with Crab Mentality! Enough of such a mean and small-minded national pastime. Even Pacquiao recently made his own appeal about this -- and he looked so sad and forlorn when he said it. Well, I don't blame him. For all the honor he has brought to our country, this was all it took for many of his countrymen to vilify him? A close fight that disappointed them?!! He won -- but some people just had to pull him down. Unbelievable. What shameless disloyalty. Why couldn't we have just cheered the man on? He sure looked like he needed it. He even looked disappointed with himself. Moreover, he's a Filipino, he's one of our own. I wonder if the Mexicans booed Marquez for losing? Goodness gracious, we had better learn to treat our winners right.

Crab mentality is our own native brand of cultural crassness. It's our National Shame. It's probably one of the biggest reasons why we haven't progressed as a nation and as a people. So enough already with Crab Mentality. Let's discipline our minds and hearts and MOUTHS to be happy for people when they succeed! In fact, GMRC dictates that we should encourage our winners, prod them on!

(As a sidebar to this, a friend told me something, and I truly appreciate his honesty. He said that when someone succeeds and he doesn't personally know him, it's easy for him to be happy for that person. But if it's a sibling, a relative, a friend, a classmate, or a colleague who does well, he finds it very hard to be happy for that person -- the "inggit" factor, he said, is terribly strong, and he ends up being a crab to make himself feel better. Admittedly, he's a very insecure person. I guess that sums it up quite well for most of us.)

17. When you make a mistake or you failed, apologize immediately, or own up to your failure. Do not lie. Do not water it down. Do not minimize the damage. Do not blame others, and do not make excuses. It makes your apology lame and insincere. It's very bad manners to apologize, and then quickly rationalize it away.

18. Being bossy is bad manners. Scolding someone in front of others is bad manners. Making fun of someone is bad manners. Gossiping or backbiting is terribly bad manners. So is being sarcastic, overly opinionated and monopolizing the conversation.
A good rule to follow is this: when you have to give instructions, say it politely but firmly. Write it down, if you think the person is a borderline idiot (which we all have been -- admit it).
When you're tempted to do a monologue because the person you're talking to is a complete bore -- politely say you have to go (you're not lying...you HAVE to go to stop yourself from being annoying).
When you have to scold, do it in private. Think of the other person's dignity...and yours, because you just might lose it while you're scolding him/her!
When you're tempted to say, "I can't believe God gave you a brain," or a lopsided euphemism like,"What were you thinking?!!" -- take a deep breath and shut up. Allow your steam to evaporate and pfffffft out of your ears, go to a sound-proofed room and scream your head off (Okay, I'm exaggerating), brush your teeth and gargle in case you throw up -- and then rehearse what you have to say in front of a mirror, in a calm and dignified manner. But don't take ten years going through the whole process.

See? There IS a proper way of getting mad and of scolding people.

19. A "Dear John" letter is a totally different creature from a "Dear Moron" letter. If you have to part ways with someone, do not put him down, blame, fault-find, or criticize the person you're writing the letter to. Be gracious but honest. But don't be all corny and mushy and cheesy. You might send the wrong signals -- he might get confused and think it's actually a "Hello John," Let's-start-all-over-again letter.
Resorting to flattery just to cut off a relationship is utterly underhanded and manipulative. So just cut clean. Avoid any emotional mess. No more texting and desperate midnight calls or one last date "just for closure." Please. You're both adults who are literate and are presumably sane. End your misery already!
And always, always remember to return whatever valuable, expensive stuff the person gave you -- out of delicadeza. If he/she insists you keep it but you cannot stand the sight of it, donate it (or the proceeds thereof) to your favorite sibling, best friend, a doctor you owe your life to, a reliable ministry or charity. Let other people benefit from your failed relationships.

20. When you're late, apologize for being late. Just keep it short and simple. No histrionics or flimsy reasons like, "Super traffic!" or some kind of brainless excuse that will annoy people even more. It's tantamount to saying "I forgot to breathe so my brain ran out of oxygen so I came late and hopefully I'm not brain-dead."

21. When you make someone wait for whatever reason, say THANK YOU to that person. If you have a valid reason for making him/her wait, you can say so, to make the person understand that it was something important that held you up -- not because he/she was not important to you.

22. Be punctual. Being on time shows the people you're meeting with that you respect them, and they are important to you. Or, at the very least, their time is important to you.

23. As much as possible, start your meetings on time. There are exceptions, of course -- if the decision-makers have to be there, you just have to wait. But if it's a class or seminar, start on time. Do not let the punctual ones suffer for coming on time! That's mortal sin. Instead, let the latecomers feel the consequences. If you don't, you'll be encouraging tardiness more and more.

24. At weddings or other social functions, try your best to start promptly, or at most, 30 minutes after the appointed time. If some Ninongs/Ninangs are late, get others to march for them. Don't keep your guests waiting!

25. When someone calls you and asks for a return call, make sure you do. If it's someone you're avoiding for some reason, ask your secretary to call him to say you're not available -- but would they like to leave a message?
If they're trying to sell you something, just say politely but firmly that you're not interested. Don't keep hedging and don't keep them hanging.
However, if you're stuck with a stalker, the best strategy is NOT to communicate with the stalker in any way. That's not bad manners -- it's deliberately keeping a safe distance. Any kind of communication, even a negative response, will just encourage the stalker to do more stalking. That's what the anti-crime experts say.

26. The mobile phone companies will love me for this: when someone texts you, it's GMRC to reply, even just to acknowledge that you got the message. One time, I was so annoyed that this person didn't reply to my text, especially since it was an important office matter. So when I saw him face-to-face, I asked him why he didn't reply. You know what he said? It floored me -- in a very bad way. He said he didn't want to make the phone companies rich by texting "K." You know what I told him? "Oh I see. Next time, just reply that you got my text, and I will pay you one peso every time you do that." (Hmmmm...not good manners at all on my part!) He blanched and probably thought of a gazillion ways of insulting me back. To his credit, he did not.

27. If you know that someone doesn't want to talk to you, and is deliberately avoiding you -- it's GMRC to leave that person alone and give him some space. Unless, of course, it's because he owes you money or work that's been paid for, or you want to retrieve something he borrowed, or it has to do with a business commitment he's not fulfilling, etc. In cases like those, you'll just have to find a trusted mediator who can bring the two of you together to thresh things out.
But it's horribly bad manners to insist on seeing a person just because you "want closure" (aren't you so tired of hearing that?!!) or you want to restore a broken relationship, etc. That is totally selfish. You just want your way -- even if the other person clearly doesn't want to have anything to do with you anymore! Face the facts -- you're no longer wanted, so just stay away.
Part of good manners is knowing when to make a proper entrance, and a proper exit. 

So. It's time to exit for now!


Saturday, November 12, 2011

Article: by Chiqui Brosas, How My Passion for Childbirth Started

My very First blog!


I was fortunate in having, in one of my classes, a student of mine, Manuel Viloria. He was a computer genious. He offered to do a blog site for me in webmanila. To my delight, I agreed. I would like to share with you my very first blog. In 2007, I requested for him to help me make another blog site in Wordpress. He has been a very big help in building my sites. Thank you Manuel!

Learning how to push in labor using the right muscles & breathing pattern.

The Placenta

Counter Pressure Massage

Pelvic Rock


Proper Breathing Pattern

Friday, November 11, 2011

Birth Story: A & Y, Importance of Having a Doula

Doula, a labor support person who assists a laboring woman...


It seemed like it was only yesterday. As I look at the pictures, I am reminded of the wonderful birth we had. I was so beautiful and perfect. A had a peaceful glow right after her birth. She had a big sense of accomplishment in her face, like there is nothing that I could not do in this world, after experiencing a drug and intervention free birth. I could see Y so proud of being a first time dad and most of all a big support to A during one of the most difficult task a woman would have to go through in her life.. They both worked together to have the kind of gentle birth they had planned to have. And I am so very happy to have shared this fantastic, memorable event in their lives as their labor coach, their doula.

Dr. Martin de la Rosa, VRPMC. I went with the couple to meet their OB.

A knew what she wanted. She had so many questions as she shared her birth pan to her doctor.

The day has arrived, 2am her labor started!

VRPMC Lamaze Room is quite big. 

 The Doctor is explaining how far into labor we are in.

 OB join us every now and then.

I join them in the Lamaze room and we get settled and comfortable together waiting for the labor to progress. 

We stayed in the vertical position most of the time to speed up labor. 

Mother is exhausted from lack of sleep that night.


Inside the delivery room.

We've finally reached 10 cm.! We're ready to push. Here comes the baby! 

Good catch Doctor! Happy Birthday baby!

Father is captured by his daughters stare.

Mother meets her daughter for the first time. 

Too happy to describe the joy of holding her baby for the 1st time. 

Now we are a family! 

I share the joy with them. 

Alas, it is done! Natural all the way! All worth it!

A quiet gentle smile of achievement after the Bradley Birth.

 "The Amazing Team" after birth.

Family are excited to meet the new addition in the family. 
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