Hospital Papers for an Expecting Lesbian Couple

Domestic partnership as a lesbian couple is not recognized in the Philippines. Pursuing it takes a lot of documentation (and guts) to ensure that your loving partner is “legal” to support you no matter what. For instance, in childbirth, the State does not recognize a gay partner as your spouse or a parent to your little bundle of joy.

During my pregnancy, I scavenge through the ins and outs of the world wide web. I came across a potential document that can back us up in authorizing my partner in any medical decisions should the need arises. I am referring to a Medical Power of Attorney. I just had to make sure that everything is stated there and the parameters of her decisions and mine. Of course we had to sit down and discuss on the validity, the conditions of where my organs can be donated to in case I don’t come out alive from the operating room, and even having my partner as the direct person to be informed of in any medical procedures and decisions. We had this notarized to ensure that this is legal.

On top of that, we had to prepare the usual Philhealth documents before admission to the hospital, such as:

1. CF1 – to be completed and is available from the Human Resources Department.

2. MDR (Member Data Record) – this can be requested from Philhealth directly or this can be processed by HR.

3. Certificate of Contribution – this should at least be 9 months of contribution, also provided by HR.

It is relatively easier if one’s employed given that this is done ahead of time.

Geared up with these and everything’s a breeze.

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There’s still time to change the road you’re on…

For the past few weeks, my mind was bombarded with thoughts and ideas to post yet I find it ironic to not know where to begin. Maybe it’d be appropriate to give a little introduction about this blog project.

My partner and I have just had our baby girl last month and we needed some advice on how to raise our family. Sadly though, we have not found any parenting/family site suited for a lesbian family here in the Philippines – even if I had my internet researching skills put to use. Obviously, the country isn’t ready yet to embrace an LGBTQ family setup due to our conservative culture.

Hence, this blog is a brainchild of a lesbian couple who’s raising an unconventional family and wishes to help other LGBTQ parents out there by sharing their journey. Kindly take note that we are NO professional experts, we just wish to ignite change by imparting our experiences to you, as we redefine the meaning of family.