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Best hospitals to give birth in Singapore?

Postby mrsli » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 4:05 am

Hello -- this is my first post here, I'm so excited to see this active board! My husband and I are moving to Singapore in June, when I will be 6 months pregnant. I'm just curious as to whether or not anyone has any recommendations for the best hospitals to give birth? Or a recommendation for an obstetrician they particularly liked?

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Postby sammymck » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 12:05 pm

Hi Mrsli,

I am 7 months pregnant at the moment and am delivering in July at Mt Elizabeth Hospital on Orchard Road.

My gynae is Dr Selina Chua and I have been very impressed with her and her staff. She is professional and very helpful.

She is located on Level 14 of Mt Elizabeth Hospital. Her contact number is:
+65 6734 1689.

Hope this helps. Good luck with the move!

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Postby hnglngwng » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 5:33 pm

I am 5 months pregnant and my gynae is attached to Mt Elizabeth Hospital as well. I just had a maternity tour in Mt Elizabeth yesterday. The staff looks very professional but in terms of comfort, I think it could be better (just my personal idea). So I'm going to check up Thomson Medical Centre as well before making the decision. Medical wise, I think they are both very good. They are also among the most expensive ones. You can have a look at their website.
www.mountelizabeth.com.sg
www.thomsonmedical.com

Another address is Mount Alvernia Hospital. I have a few friends who have delivered there and told me it was good.

The above 3 hospitals are private. For public hospitals, you can check up KK Women and Children's Hospital. One of my friends delivered there and told me that it was good but the service was not as good as in the private ones.

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Postby Amelia Camelia » Fri, 25 Apr 2008 5:43 pm

I gave birth last year with exactly the same details as sammymck, ie Dr Selina Chua at Mount Elizabeth which is centrally located just off Orchard Road, the main shopping road in Singapore.

The whole experience was well perfect really. Dr Selina is extremely professional, she's quite serious but perfectly down-to-earth and reads ultrasounds amazingly well, right down to being able to predict how much the baby would weigh at birth and telling me the sex at about 10 weeks - earlier than you would normally say anyway.

I can't fault the facilities either. The nursery was quite a novel concept for me coming from London. I was a bit apprehensive about it, but our little one was much better off in there as its warmer than the airconditioned rooms and she was sleeping most of the time and a bit jaundiced anyway (the lamps are kept in the nursery). The lovely staff would bring our little one to me to be fed. We had a private room and a sofabed for my husband, who didn't stay because we have another child who isn't allowed to sleep overnight in the rooms. My room was like a hotel room, with a room service menu, minibar, ensuite , tv , internet access etc.

There were also baby classes during the day and access to breastfeeding specialists and passport photographers.

Thoroughly recommended.
AC
ps. btw I had a c-section not natural birth so can't comment on that side of things.

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Postby efeat » Sun, 27 Apr 2008 11:38 am

Hi,

I was trying for a waterbirth and so went to the National University Hospital and stayed in the Kent Ridge Wing (single rooms) with my partner. I really liked the staff and Dr Yap Chong Seng who followed my birth plan and gave me all the choices all the way through a long birth ending in a fabulous experience in the theatre as I finally needed a c section. I can really recommend this not traditional expat hospital.
Best wishes for the future birth of your child

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Postby rosborn » Sat, 03 May 2008 11:07 am

I also moved to Singapore right before birth and before I came a friend (who since left) recommended Paul Tseng at Thompson Medical.
I think he's fantastic. I much prefer him to OBs I dealt with in Australia.
He is compassionate and professional.

At the time of researching, his name came up repeatedly on discussion forums and the feedback was always positive.

To cover bases, I made appts with 2 OBs before I came in case I has reservations about one of them but I only met with Dr Tseng in the end.

I am due in 3 weeks so I can't speak to the facilities at the Hospital but the friend who has since left said that they are fantastic and she was quite disappointed to have her #2 in Australia.

God luck!

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Postby sammymck » Mon, 05 May 2008 1:40 pm

Amelia Camelia wrote:I gave birth last year with exactly the same details as sammymck, ie Dr Selina Chua at Mount Elizabeth which is centrally located just off Orchard Road, the main shopping road in Singapore.

The whole experience was well perfect really. Dr Selina is extremely professional, she's quite serious but perfectly down-to-earth and reads ultrasounds amazingly well, right down to being able to predict how much the baby would weigh at birth and telling me the sex at about 10 weeks - earlier than you would normally say anyway.



This is great for me to hear. She is very serious, but I think that's quite reassuring for me too. She is very pleasant though and throws the odd joke in there. Glad to hear I'm in good hands. Thanks Amelia!

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Postby aussiemeg » Tue, 06 May 2008 9:35 am

Hi there

I moved to singapore when I was 6 months pregnant with my twins. I chose to give birth at NUH (National University Hospital) because of the brilliant NICU facilities (which we did not need to use thankfully) the wonderful obs Prof Mary Rauff, the beautiful rooms in the Kent Ridge wing, the fact that this was the hospital that was most accommodating to my lengthy birth plan and finally which I was to find out later has the most wonderful follow up in the Paeds and my kids are always treated special as they are NUH babies.

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Postby foop » Sat, 10 May 2008 1:51 pm

Hello,

I moved over here when I was about 27 weeks pregnant. I went on hospital tours at Gleneagles Hospital and Mt Alvernia Hospital before choosing to give birth at Mt Alvernia . I was lucky enough to be in the renovated rooms. I found that the midwives and nurses there were very helpful.

I guess there are tours in the majority of the hospitals for moms to be. You might wish to call them up and visit the hospital maternity and labour wards and see if you are comfortable with their facilities and service provided.

All the best!

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Postby Dolph » Mon, 12 May 2008 12:50 pm

I gave birth in December at Gleneagles Hospital and was very happy with the whole experience. The staff are lovely and the facilities great. I had a single room with own bathroom, tv etc. where there was also room for hubby to sleep (sofa bed). They have a great nursery where they will take good care of your bub while you catch up on some much needed sleep. I would definitely recommend it.

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Postby langkawi » Mon, 12 May 2008 5:28 pm

The best hospital would be TMC i guess...

There's a local website that compares each of the hospital and their rates...it's theasianparent.com

You should def check it out. Quite useful. It's under the quicklist section

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Re: Best hospitals to give birth in Singapore?

Postby rissaroo » Tue, 01 Jul 2008 4:52 pm

mrsli wrote:Hello -- this is my first post here, I'm so excited to see this active board! My husband and I are moving to Singapore in June, when I will be 6 months pregnant. I'm just curious as to whether or not anyone has any recommendations for the best hospitals to give birth? Or a recommendation for an obstetrician they particularly liked?


I just saw your post and wondered if you're here yet. I am also an American stay at home mom with a 3 year old boy and due in oct with my baby girl. Sounds like we have a lot in common!!! I gave birth to my son at Mount Elizabeth and will be doing so again in Oct. I was very pleased with the hospital and the service they gave.

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Re: Best hospitals to give birth in Singapore?

Postby mrsli » Fri, 04 Jul 2008 11:11 am

rissaroo wrote:I just saw your post and wondered if you're here yet. I am also an American stay at home mom with a 3 year old boy and due in oct with my baby girl. Sounds like we have a lot in common!!! I gave birth to my son at Mount Elizabeth and will be doing so again in Oct. I was very pleased with the hospital and the service they gave.


Hi! Yes, we just arrived last Friday, it's been a hectic week! I have just made an appointment with a doctor at Thomson Medical Center, but thank you for your recommendation (thanks to everyone for all their recommendations!). I have a question about your 3 year old, that my husband and I were wondering -- as he is learning to talk here, is he growing up with the "singlish" accent, or speaking with an American accent? My husband and I have been joking (joking, but kind of actually worried) with each other of our future son as a teenager, shouting at us with a mandarin/singlish accent about how we Americans just don't understand him. :) Are there any hints of this in your 3 year old?

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Re: Best hospitals to give birth in Singapore?

Postby rissaroo » Fri, 04 Jul 2008 11:35 am

mrsli wrote:
rissaroo wrote:I just saw your post and wondered if you're here yet. I am also an American stay at home mom with a 3 year old boy and due in oct with my baby girl. Sounds like we have a lot in common!!! I gave birth to my son at Mount Elizabeth and will be doing so again in Oct. I was very pleased with the hospital and the service they gave.


Hi! Yes, we just arrived last Friday, it's been a hectic week! I have just made an appointment with a doctor at Thomson Medical Center, but thank you for your recommendation (thanks to everyone for all their recommendations!). I have a question about your 3 year old, that my husband and I were wondering -- as he is learning to talk here, is he growing up with the "singlish" accent, or speaking with an American accent? My husband and I have been joking (joking, but kind of actually worried) with each other of our future son as a teenager, shouting at us with a mandarin/singlish accent about how we Americans just don't understand him. :) Are there any hints of this in your 3 year old?


Haha...it's hilarious the question you asked...cause it's something my husband and I always talk about! He does have a singlish accent, but not all the time. For the most part, he talks like an American, there's certain things that sound more singaporean and I try and correct him on those. He's pretty smart though and he can turn it on and off. Sometimes he totally puts it on and talks to me in singlish and then i tell him to talk properly and he'll change just like that and speak like an American. But, I would like him to be around some other kids that are not singaporean so that's not the only thing he hears outside the house. It does help that his grandparents live here as well, my husband's parents, and they speak with an American accent. So, he hears it from them as well. Anyway, I think some of it is just inevitable, but I try to just correct him when he speaks really singlish. I do have hope, cause my husband, who is American, grew up here for most of his life and he has an American accent. I heard that when he was young, he used to talk like a singaporean, but then somewhere along the way it changed...so I'm hopeful of that!

Welcome to Singapore!!!! Hope you like it here. I've been here 7 years now. It's been good. It's a nice place to live. When are you due?

Anyway I can be of help, let me know...

Charissa

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Postby mrsli » Wed, 09 Jul 2008 11:19 pm

Hmm thanks for letting us know your experience with a Singlish-speaking toddler :) That's a relief to know your hubby ended up being able to speak without the accent!

That must be really cool and nice having his parents here too! Are you guys here indefinitely?

I'm due Oct. 19, how about you? My husband just got a job as an associate professor at SMU so we're here indefinitely. We like it so far :)


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