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Hospitals in Singapore

Postby Grateful » Mon, 04 Feb 2008 7:35 pm

It is different here from the UK. You do not have a midwife as your primary care giver, you have the OB/Gynae. Most births are in hospital. There are only two gyanes here that attend home births. There are two hospitals that have waterbirthing - NUH and Mt. Alvernia.

How do you envision your birth? Then I can point you in the right direction.

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Re: Hospitals in Singapore

Postby lilisingapore » Mon, 04 Feb 2008 8:01 pm

Thank you very much for your answer.
Actually I don't know precisely how I want give birth. waterbirth? why not?!
I want to try without an epidural (I had an epidural for my first baby with complication concerning my blood pressure), however I prefer a place with a neonatal service (my baby has her head up but she can move to the right position ...I hope!)
Is it easy to book an appointement with a gynae ? what about the costs?

Thank you so much and sorry for my bad english (i'm french).
linda B.

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Gynae's in Singapore

Postby Grateful » Mon, 04 Feb 2008 11:00 pm

Ok. to look for a natural birth you would need to try either Thomson Medical Centre, Mt. Alvernia and for a waterbirth, Mt. Alvernia or NUH. I am not sure of costs of gynae's, but there are two that are supportive of natural and waterbirths, Dr. FM Lai at Camden Medical Centre or Dr. Paul Tseng at Thomson Medical Centre. Neither have privileges at NUH, both go to Mt Alvernia and Thomson, you can check with Dr. Chong Yap Seng at NUH.

How many weeks are you that you are worrying about breech? Breech is not considered problematic until 37 weeks. Usually baby will turn head down somewhere between 32 to 37 weeks. There are alternative ways to get a baby to turn as well.

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Postby mizza » Tue, 05 Feb 2008 4:36 am

Hi Lilisingapore! I am pleased I am not the only one moving to Singapore from London in the middle of march, and having a baby in May! (I felt like it must have been me that had written your post!) Does anyone know if the obstetricians all get booked up or if I can still find someone good when I arrive in Singapore when I am 32 weeks pregnant? Also, are the antenatal/birth classes a good way to meet new mums? Should I try to find a class in an area that I plan to live in?

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Postby Grateful » Tue, 05 Feb 2008 6:12 am

Welcome to Singapore! It should be easy to get into see a gynae, no worries. Classes should be no problem as well. You have several options outside of the hospital antenatal classes.

Birthright Singapore Doula Services
ParentLink
offer antenatal classes by certified childbirth educators and offer doula services as well.

Birth and Beyond
Mother and Child
offer classes by hospital trained expat midwives (not licensed inSingapore)

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Postby JCSingapore » Tue, 05 Feb 2008 10:06 am

Hi LiliSingapore and Mizza,

Looks like we're all delivering in May! If you'd like to get together once you arrive in Singapore, I'd love to meet you - I work full time, so don't know too many moms here. You can email me directly at JCSingapore@yahoo.com. Take care and good luck with the move!

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Postby lilisingapore » Wed, 06 Feb 2008 2:11 am

Hi Mizza,
Where do you live in London?
I live at Clapham.
When exactly do you leave London to Singapore?
Maybe we could meet before ?
linda B.

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Postby lilisingapore » Wed, 06 Feb 2008 2:18 am

It would be nice !!
No problem for me, I'll email you.
Just an another question : what are your advice before leaving ? I've a 16 months little girl and I don't know what I might need for her or for the new baby.
Thanks.
linda B.

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Postby shura » Wed, 06 Feb 2008 10:35 am

hi mizza and lilisingapore,

ı m also pregnant and my due is in april:) and ı go to Thomson medical my doctor is Dr.TC Chang...ı m happy with him he is very good and gentle...

http://www.thomsonmedical.com/

you can check the hospital from the webside...as for childbirth classes; to be honest i dont believe them...i mean i dont believe they can preaper me to labor...the other thing is they show birth videos which ı m not sure ı can watch:( so eventhough i registered mother&child, cancelled it...

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Postby serenitynow » Wed, 06 Feb 2008 4:10 pm

lilisingapore wrote:Is it easy to book an appointement with a gynae ? what about the costs?


mizza wrote:Hi Lilisingapore! I am pleased I am not the only one moving to Singapore from London in the middle of march, and having a baby in May! (I felt like it must have been me that had written your post!) Does anyone know if the obstetricians all get booked up or if I can still find someone good when I arrive in Singapore when I am 32 weeks pregnant? Also, are the antenatal/birth classes a good way to meet new mums? Should I try to find a class in an area that I plan to live in?


Lilisingapore - It's easy to book an appointment with an ob/gyn. I would suggest calling a couple or few ob/gyn that you want to meet up with prior to your arrival to lock in an initial date especially since the both of you (lilisingapore and mizza) are due in May and arriving in Singapore in March.

For ob/gyn costs, definitely check with your health insurance maternity plan (if you have one) to ensure and understand that all or most of your checkups, scans, medicine and delivery are covered. If you don't have an insurance plan that covers a bulk of the cost or if you don't have insurance at all, then make sure you ask your ob/gyn during the initial consults if they can work out an antenatal plan/package (not including hospital, pediatrician and anesthesiologist fees plus any other fees that I may forget to be listing here because I'm suffering from pregnancy brain right now!) for you. Some (not all) offer plans/packages which may help to reduce your overall costs.

Mizza antenatal/birth classes good meeting place for moms - I haven't started mine, yet, but I can't see why they wouldn't be a good resource for networking with other mommies and daddies. One of my friends in Singapore regularly keeps in contact with her new classmates at Mother and Child. Other than the socializing bit, I do have to say that like "shura" mentioned, birthing classes may not be for all new parents. I would personally read up a little more about it to visualize if the topics discussed during class would really be beneficial for you. You may learn a lot more from personal stories from mommies that you know or maybe even a doula if you decide to invest in that route. As for me - soon-to-be first-time mommie - I will be attending a birthing class not only for my general knowledge and to socialize, but also so that my hubby and I can do something "fun" together.

Mizza location of birthing class - It would be most convenient if you can find a birthing class nearby to your new place in Singapore. Is travel time important for you or your partner? Most places are commutable especially by taxi within 15-20 min in Singapore, so fortunately, traveling to your classes is not as big of a hassle as some other cities / countries.

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It looks like we have some spring/summer babies arriving soon this year! Shura is due in April. Mizza, Lilisingapore and JCSingapore - you're all due in May. I'm due in June. If everyone is up for it, let's get together in mid-March when Mizza and Lilisingapore land in Singapore. Mizza and Lilisingapore - I'll PM you my contact details. JCSingapore and Shura - I'll drop you an e-mail. Looking forward to sharing stories with y'all.

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Postby viajera » Thu, 14 Feb 2008 9:45 am

ey, count me in! i'm due end of april, too! :)

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hi lilisingapore

Postby mizza » Thu, 14 Feb 2008 4:49 pm

hi Lilisingapore! Are you still alive??!! I sent you a private message a while ago but havent heard from you. I am keen to meet up in London before the big move to singapore if you are up for it!

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Postby Minou88 » Mon, 03 Mar 2008 1:06 am

Linda B., hello there.

I'm currently living in London, 8 weeks pregnangt and had it all nicely sorted in UK (c-section at St. Mary's with great surgeon).

Due to my partner getting a new job offer we are due to move to Singapore. I've lived there before, but know nothing about doctors there.

Have you received any recommendations or tips? I posted two ads but got only 1 reply. Am quite anxious about it all.

How are you getting along?


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