We were briefed by OB-Gyn Dr. Lyra Ruth Clemente-Chua with regards to the Women's Health Center. She told us that it was her vision to have an entire section devoted solely to women and their health concerns. "We'd like to provide services from womb-to-tomb, so to speak," Dr. Chua explained. Mammograms, ultrasounds, pap smears, blood work... with The Medical City's WHC, everything can be availed of in one place. You don't have to go to another floor or area to have a blood test or whatever else is required for your work-up. It's a one-stop shop.
Albeit Dr. Chua showed us many machines and explained a variety of procedures, we were all particularly interested in the 3D and 4D Ultrasound. We had a pregnant fellow mommy blogger onboard who was willing to demonstrate. When I was pregnant, 3D and 4D Ultrasound weren't in vogue yet. All I had was the regular black and white 2D Ultrasound wherein I could never understand the images.
With 3D and 4D Ultrasound, you can actually see your baby inside the womb. You can see it move, put out his tongue, stretch his hands, kick his legs... it's an awe-inspiring experience to say the least. The images can also be printed out and recorded on video so you have documentation. That's mommy Lace's baby up there, eyes closed and lips pursed in a semi-profile view.
Ultrasound technology is now so advanced you can actually determine if a baby has Down Syndrome, Spina Bifida, Club Foot, or even heart problems just by an ultrasound. Dr. Chua advises one not to get carried away though, as this procedure is not an on-call handycam for you to see your kid. The Ultrasound wand emits heat and overdoing it may have adverse effects on the fetus although there hasn't really been any formal study or findings about it yet. You have it done only as needed.
Now there are only two things that I didn't really like about The Medical City:
The Medical City
- There's no legitimate U-turn slot anywhere. How stupid is that? Coming from Greenhills, I had to take Ortigas Ave. to The Medical City. Thus I had to take a really really long route just to get to the side of Ortigas where it was located. Traffic is horrid to boot. Had there been a U-turn slot I would've saved on gas and time.
- The hospital layout is confusing. I actually got lost trying to find the Women's Health Center.
Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila
635-6789 / 631-8626
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