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Some advice for finding a doctor please

Postby feebee » Wed, 12 Jan 2011 4:31 pm

Hi,

I'm 38 and have just found out I'm pregnant (about 7 weeks or so) for the first time. I have only been in Singapore for a couple of months, and this pregnancy was VERY unexpected as I was told by my doc in the UK that it would be difficult for me to conceive for various reasons. I have Diabetes so want to ensure I have a great doctor as I know there can be complications for women like me.

Can anyone recommend a great (preferably female) doctor for me and my partner to go visit and get the ball rolling so to speak?

Your advice/tips would be much appreciated- and if there are any ladies out there in a similar boat- would love to hear from you!

Thanks so much
Very nervous kiwi mum-to-be

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Postby poodlek » Wed, 12 Jan 2011 5:03 pm

Congratulations on your pregnancy :-)

My advice (at least, the way I tackled the issue) was to decide first which hospital I wanted to deliver at. You may know by now there are public hospitals and private hospitals here, and the price for services varies according to how fancy shmancy (or perhaps, appealing to expats?) the hospital is.

You can get an idea of differing costs, and the number of procedures each hospital does from the MOH website here http://www.moh.gov.sg/mohcorp/billsize.aspx?id=302

I chose NUH, a public teaching hospital, based on its proximity and price, and also because it does a slightly lower traffic since I don't want to be rushed. However, if you have complications in your pregnancy you may want to choose KKH (Women's and Children's hospital) since I am told they have the most resources for serious pregnancy and pediatric problems.

Once I chose NUH I went in and chose a doctor from a list they showed me, one that had been recommended on this forum in other threads, Dr. Mary Rauff. She is quite well known and seemingly has been around for a while (I think she is probably old enough to have delivered me). I haven't delivered yet, but I am quite happy with her care and bedside manner as I have experienced it so far.
Good luck!


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