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What to Expect When You're "Expecting"

When I had my first born, I was in a pretty tough situation. My mom wasn't with me that time, but I had with me my aunt. 

Good thing I was able to prepare myself for the big day.

I have read and researched a lot of things about what to expect when expecting to have a baby. Bought a lot of pregnancy books and magazines. 

Reading and researching helped me big time. Learned things that I didn't know prior to reading books and mags about pregnancy.

Moms-to-be today are so lucky that there are events/workshops that will help them understand and prepare themselves for giving birth.

Manila Workshops and Medela Moms, Inc. will be having the first workshop for 2014 under the First Time Parents Series on January 25, 2014. This workshop is also Co-presented by Stemcord Philippines, Inc. This workshop series aims to help first time parents or even the “experienced-yet-need-refreshers” parents to help them to go through topics on pre-birth, delivery and new born care and toddler care. The workshop on January 25, 2014 will be WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE GIVING BIRTH.

It will be a half day workshop from 1:00 PM to 5:00PM that will discuss these topics:

What to Expect During your OB check-ups and visits
Pain Management
Pregnancy Nutrition
Cord Blood Banking

The other workshops will be announced separately. The venue for this workshop will be at The Medela House in Quezon City (#29 First Street, New Manila, Quezon City).

Speakers for this workshop will be:

We have invited experienced and reliable speakers to conduct the workshop. Our speakers for this workshop will be Dra. Diana Sarmiento, MD, Obstetrics and Gynecology ( practicing at the Asian Hospital and Ms. Cecile Leah T. Bayaga.

Dr. Diana Liu Sarmiento is a graduate of the University of Santo Tomas Faculty of Medicine and Surgery. She completed her internship and residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the UP-PGH and proceeded with her fellowship in Trophoblastic Diseases also at the same institution, the UP-PGH. She is a consultant at the Asian Hospital Medical Center. Our speaker is a writer for the Women’s Health and Wellness section of Yahoo! South East Asia. You may visit her website for helpful information pertaining to Women’s health and pregnancy with an online question-and-answer section called Magtanong Kay Doc. Her website is

Ms. Cecile Bayaga is a registered nutritionist-dietitian and a full-time faculty at the College of Home Economics, University of the Philippines-Diliman. She has been teaching Principles of Nutrition, Nutrition for the Lifecycle, and Medical Nutrition Therapy for the past 12 years. She has published scientific articles on glycemic index, essential fatty acids for brain development, and clinical nutrition. In 2005, the Nutritionists-Dietitians’ Association of the Philippines awarded her as The Most Promising Nutritionist-Dietitian. She is happily married for the 9 years and a mother to their son, Gabby.

This is one exciting workshop that will really benefit those who are expecting! We hope that you will be able to attend this workshop.

Register now using the form below:


Kisa said…
I hope the seminar goes well! I'm no good at having books/magazines/articles or things like that to help me prepare. They make me so nervous about every little thing, so I can't let myself get too caught up.
Still, I know that lots of people find them helpful!
I wish I could have attended one of these before having my kids. Sounds great!
That's a great event!!! helpful for pregnant womens..
Thanks for sharing

Anonymous said…
This is a great program! There are too many people who don't know what to expect and not enough education.
This is great info. I remember when I had my first son I was also alone (no family whatsoever) I read books but you never really are fully prepared for that reality - you know what I mean?!! My husband and I had to learn a lot on our own. Would have loved to have gone to an event like this!
What a great workshop series. I could totally have used that before my first birth. Although i read as much as I could, I was in complete shock during and after the baby was born. it was nothing like I expected!
Jeanette Foss said…
To read is very good. I did that also when I was pregnant. I liked to read about how the baby was growing each week:)
Masshole Mommy said…
I spent lots of time doing research before I had my first one. Some of it helped and some didn't. I would say that I learned more once he came.
Liz Mays said…
That is such a valuable program. There are so many concerns and questions moms to be have and this would be a great place to get some information and find a supportive community.
Jennifer Brown said…
Have fun! Wish these classes were around 25 years I would have loved to attend. But sometime you just to learn as you go.
This is an amazing idea! I needed this so badly!
Bibiana Bailey said…
That sounds like a wonderful resource for first time moms. I wish these were around when I was having my first one. I had so many questions :)
Anonymous said…
I would have love to use something like this when I was pregnant, Im glad you learned a lot, & love the workshop series
Maria said…
Fun!! Its been a long time since I had my first but these types of events are perfect for new moms.
What a great program for those that are having babies. Thanks for sharing.
Lexie Lane said…
Good luck to you guys and congrats for putting something like this together! I know the Philippines is really starting to get into the blog and social media a whole lot more lately. Really cool what you will be doing with this though. Being a first time mom can be scary!
Denise said…
I've never heard of workshops for pregnant moms! I went to a class though at my local hospital.
eof777 said…
There's a ton of information available nowadays.You can even attend an online webinar and take virtual classes. It's a good thing as more women get access to information during this important phase.

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