Sitti Navarro recounts her birthing story: 'It was timely and right'

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Sitti Navarro recounts her birthing story in a two-part Instagram post. Sitti delivered her daughter, Issiah Dañelle, via emergency CS (Cesarean Section).


A week and a half ago, Sitti Navarro Ramirez was near her term when she went in for her regular prenatal checkup.

Little did she know that she was not going home that day—not with her daughter, Issiah Dañelle, in her arms.

The Philippine Bossa Nova Queen shared she had a feeling her baby was already itching to come out and meet the world, even when she was only 36 weeks into her pregnancy.

Her daughter Issiah, or "Lilibubs" as she often referred to her, was "kicking stronger than usual."

She wrote on a two-part Instagram post, "I went to see my OB for our regular weekly checkup. I was with my family as Joey [Ramirez] was still in Bacolod, flying back to Manila that evening."

Her husband was coming from the internment of his father, Dan Ramirez, who passed away a week before.

Sitti had lunch with her family after her checkup, but she was to return to the hospital for another non-stress test.

"Being 36 weeks and 2 days, I was already permitted to walk. I was even thinking of watching a movie before delivery day," she shared.

"At around 1 p.m., I started having contractions even as close as four minutes apart. My cervix was still closed, there was no bleeding, but on one of the contractions, Lilibubs’ heart rate decelerated so my OB kept me hooked to a monitor for 24 hours."

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Exactly a week ago, I woke up to Lilibubs kicking stronger than usual in my belly. I had a feeling she was coming out soon, but thought Joey and I would still have a few days before her arrival. Being 36 weeks and 2 days, I was already permitted to walk. I was even thinking of watching a movie before delivery day. . At lunchtime, I went to see my OB for our regular weekly checkup. I was with my family as Joey was still in Bacolod, flying back to Manila that evening. My mom, uncle, and brother and I had lunch after the checkup, but I had to go back in again for another non-stress test. . At around 1pm, I started having contractions even as close as 4 minutes apart. My cervix was still closed, there was no bleeding, but on one of the contractions, Lilibubs’ heart rate decelerated so my OB kept me hooked to a monitor for 24 hours. By dinner time, contractions had gone and I was allowed to eat. I remember being so happy and exclaiming, “Yay di ako ma-CS!”, fully knowing that fasting is needed before major surgeries. . Joey arrived that night straight from the airport. The following morning, Sunday, Nov 4, my contractions were still kept under control so again I was allowed to eat breakfast. Again, we informed our families that it wasn’t likely for us to deliver that day. . But then, mid-morning, contractions started again. Lilibubs’ heart rate decelerated again on one of the contractions, so our OB advised for us to undergo emergency CS that very day. Both Joey and I were at peace with this decision, we didn’t want to risk Lilibubs’ life especially since I’m an APAS case. . So I went in for a regular checkup Saturday, tapos hindi na ako pinauwi 😁 i’m just so glad that Joey was with me when I delivered. A week and a day after my father-in-law passed, our blessing of a baby was born. Life to soften the blows of death. . We are very thankful to family and friends who have been praying with us for Lilibubs’ good health and a safe delivery, as well as to those we don’t personally know. I have often said that I think one of the reasons we were able to reach nearly full-term despite being APAS, is because our baby has been enveloped with so much love and prayers. . Cont’

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Sitti was then admitted to the hospital.

She continued, "By dinner time, contractions had gone and I was allowed to eat. I remember being so happy and exclaiming, 'Yay di ako ma-CS!' fully knowing that fasting is needed before major surgeries.

"Joey arrived that night straight from the airport.

"The following morning, Sunday, Nov 4, my contractions were still kept under control so again I was allowed to eat breakfast.

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"Again, we informed our families that it wasn’t likely for us to deliver that day."

But mid-morning, the contractions started again, and again, the baby's heart rate decelerated. That was the time Sitti's doctor made the decision to go for an emergency c-section (CS).

"Both Joey and I were at peace with this decision, we didn’t want to risk Lilibubs’ life especially since I’m an APAS case," Sitti said.

The singer opened up about having Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) and Antiphospholipid Antibody Syndrome (APAS), even testing positive for three out of five categories.

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And so here she is, our Lilibubs, Issiah Dañelle. Born Nov 4, 1:03pm, via emergency CS, 36w3d. During surgery it was found that my amniotic fluid was already low and that there were too many twists in her umbilical cord, prompting one of the doctors to say, “Ang swerte ng batang ‘to.”. Indeed, the decision to go for emergency CS was timely and right. Placed in the NICU for 24 hours after delivery for monitoring, it was only Joey who got to see her during this time and the family and I would just look over and over again at the photos and videos he took. The day after that, Nov 5, she was roomed in, and we spent our first sleepless yet amazing day and night with our firstborn ❤️ we are home now, she’s napping, Joey’s playing a game, and i’m putting my feet up because I’m manas from the operation. Tomorrow we will have a week-old baby. I still can’t believe it sometimes. . To my fellow PCOS/APAS patients who are having difficulty conceiving or keeping a baby, here is our daughter, to give you hope that nothing is truly impossible with the Lord. That everyday He is making miracles, and that every time in every situation, His timing and His Will is perfect. . My medical history: 2 years 10 months married before conception Both ovaries polycystic Mild endometriosis APAS Cat 1,2 and 5 . Meds taken aside from pre-natal vitamins: Aspirin and innohep from second month till 36 weeks Duphaston 2x-3x a day Metformin 3x a day Utrogestan once a day 15 billion probiotics 2x a day. . “Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son.” Genesis 18:14 💖 . 📷: @pattylaurel . #issiahdañelle

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After 36 weeks and three days in her mother's womb, Issiah Dañelle was born on November 4 via emergency Cesarean Section.

"I went in for a regular checkup Saturday, 'tapos hindi na ako pinauwi. I’m just so glad that Joey was with me when I delivered," Sitti said.

The new mom shared that during the surgery, it was discovered that her amniotic fluid was already low and that there were too many twists in the umbilical cord.

"Ang suwerte ng batang 'to," Sitti heard one of the doctors say out loud during the surgery.

"Indeed, the decision to go for emergency CS was timely and right," she added.

Issiah was placed in the neonatal intensive care unit for 24 hours after delivery for monitoring, and then she was roomed in and reunited with Sitti the following day.

Then, it was smooth sailing, at least as much as it can be for a couple with a newborn.

"Ang wild pala talaga ng breastfeeding! Kung masakit yung first hours after CS, masakit din lagi yung first latch," she wrote on a separate Instagram post.

"Pero sige-sige lang ako kasi it's what Lilibubs needs the most right now, especially since she was born four days before term," she added.

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The little one is now a week and three days old.

Sitti is doing her best to take in more nutrients ("Grabe din ako kumain ngayon") to pass them on to her daughter through nursing.

"I still can’t believe it sometimes," Sitti wrote. "To my fellow PCOS/APAS patients who are having difficulty conceiving or keeping a baby, here is our daughter, to give you hope that nothing is truly impossible with the Lord. That every day He is making miracles, and that every time in every situation, His timing and His Will is perfect."

Sitti also thanked everyone who has been praying for her and her baby's good health.

"I have often said that I think one of the reasons we were able to reach nearly full-term despite being APAS, is because our baby has been enveloped with so much love and prayers," she wrote.

This story originally appeared on SmartParenting.com.ph.

*Minor edits have been made by the PEP.ph editors.


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