If you’re an expat here trying to get pregnant or just had the happy confirmation of a pregnancy, you probably have a few questions about giving birth, c-sections and hospital fees here. You may have other questions such as “How do public and private hospitals work here?” and “How often do I need to visit a gynaecologist in Singapore?”
We’ve consulted Dr Kanika from Astra Women’s Specialists to give you an overview of all you need to know. Read on to find out more!
What’s the best way to choose an obstetrician or gynaecologist in Singapore?
This largely depends on whether you’re a low risk or high risk patient. Here’s how to identify your condition:
|Low risk||High risk|
If you’re in the low-risk category, it’s pretty straightforward. You can see any obstetrician who looks after pregnant women and does deliveries too. Some gynaecologists in Singapore do not do obstetrics (i.e., delivery of the child), so keep an eye out for that.
For those who are high risk, it’s advisable to look for an obstetrician who has a special interest in high-risk pregnancy. It is often a multidisciplinary team who will look after you, but your main doctor will be your obstetrician.
What’s the difference between public and private hospitals in Singapore?
Here’s a quick summary of public vs private hospitals:
|Public hospital||Private hospitals|
In terms of facilities and quality of healthcare, there’s no difference between public and private hospitals.
All hospitals are maintained according to the Ministry of Health (MOH) standards, and as such are able to provide a very good standard of care that’s comparable to the best in the world. Singapore takes pride in being the best country as far as healthcare is concerned.
However, high risk patients or patients with potential complications may choose to go to a public hospital such as NUHS, SGH or KKH. This is because the charges will be more reasonable.
How much does it cost to give birth in Singapore?
Costs can vary a lot depending on factors such as whether it’s a normal or complicated delivery, and whether you choose to go to a public or private hospital.
Here are some rough ballpark figures for you to keep in mind:
|Public hospital||Private hospital|
|Normal delivery||$2,500 – $7,000||$3,000 – $9,000|
|Complicated delivery||$4,500 – $7,000||$4,500 – $10,000|
|Elective Caesarean section||$6,000 – $16,000||$12 000 – $18,000|
|Emergency Caesarean section||$6,500 – $20,000||$14,000 – $20,000|
Are there options for natural births (for example, water births) in Singapore?
Yes, there are currently two hospitals in Singapore that offer water births: National University Hospital (NUHS) and Thomson Medical Centre (RTMC).
If you’re keen on doing a water birth, you’ll have to undergo an interview with a senior midwife, who will assess if this is a suitable method of delivery for you. If you’re eligible, you’ll be allowed to opt for a water birth.
Can you choose a C-section?
Yes, it is possible to opt for an elective Caesarean section with your gynaecologist in Singapore. However, do keep in mind that a C-section is a major surgery that comes with certain risks. Before making your decision, talk it through with your obstetrician, and make sure you understand all the risks and benefits involved.
Good to know: most women who choose C-sections do so due to the fear of labour pain, but labour can be made completely painless with epidural analgesia (which is anesthesia).
How can I get support post-childbirth?
There are plenty of resources available, in the form of confinement nannies or doulas.
You may check at your hospital for the doulas enrolled under them, and choose from there. Alternatively, there are plenty of confinement nanny agencies that you can browse online as well.
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Written in collaboration with Dr Kanika from Astra Women’s Specialists
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