Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Manulife’s Bundle of Joy: A lasting gift for our young family’s future

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by Cheryl De Guia-Lim, Businesswoman

If there’s one thing I learned as a newbie parent, one should give what’s best for the child, especially for a newborn baby. Parents are expected to know how to feed, bathe, clothe, play with, and generally  care  for  their  baby  –  but  babies  don't come with instructions. And even if this isn't your first,  you may still be trying to figure out how to deal with it physically, emotionally and financially. 

The vast  majority of newborns enter  the world healthy but they are more vulnerable to germs than older babies because they simply haven't had time to build up defenses. Sometimes infants develop conditions  that  require  medical  tests  and treatment. All  signs and  symptoms  are  of  even  greater concern if the baby is less than 3 months old. 

We experienced this  first  hand as my husband Oliver  and I found ourselves rushing to the emergency room at 2 a.m. due to  the  high fever of our newborn son. After a series of laboratory tests to rule out bigger complications, our little boy was diagnosed with Urinary Tract Infection (UTI). Seven days and eighty thousand pesos later, we were discharged with our baby healthier and stronger. 

Looking  back,  we  would  not  have  done  things differently, except for  one realization magnified—we would stop at  nothing for our child. It  is a lesson learned through one hospital scare. We can only do so much to take care of our little one, and even if we wrap him in our arms until he is okay to thrive on his own, we as parents cannot live forever. Accidents happen and  diseases  will not  always  be  at  bay.  The  unpredictability  of  parenthood comes  with  inevitable emergencies of life. If something happens to Oliver and I even before he turns one, what happens to our newborn child? What can we leave behind? 

We can either burden ourselves with anxiety on things we cannot control or secure the best future for our son—without delay. This means now -- no need to wait until his first birthday. The absolute security of our newborn is not even a choice, it is a necessity. After all, what is more urgent than our child’s future? 

The cost  of pregnancy, baby delivery,  supplies and immunizations all add up. So for  parents  like us, Manulife’s Bundle of Joy program is a welcome breath of fresh air. With no premium required, moms and dads with newborns less than a year old would only need to register online for a free one-year insurance coverage worth Php100,000.00. You can also seek expert advice and useful guides for first-time parents and  financial  awareness  for  those  who  are starting  to  build  a  family.  The  site  also  offers  relevant information for us parents on freebies, promos and other fun activities. 

At this time, getting insurance may be at the bottom of your checklist, as it was previously in ours. But as we relish the joys of parenthood, let us learn to choose lifelong benefits, the ones that would benefit the family and ultimately our newborns. The cute strollers, cribs, baby bouncers and toys will be outgrown in a short amount of time but a good insurance coverage will last a long time. 

Consider Manulife’s Bundle of Joy program as another version of a tight hug for your baby--thoughtful,comforting and valuable. Register online at www.manulifebundleofjoy.com.ph and shower your newborn with unlimited hugs while they are young.

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