Our birth rate may not be growing but services for mums and children are booming. If you are currently expecting a baby, you can enjoy facilities and services – such as hypnobirthing classes or even a cocktail reception after delivery – that were unavailable to pregnant couples as recently as five years ago. One hospital even offers what it terms “luxury maternity care” which ensures that the new mum has a dedicated midwife and private nurse during her stay. Read on to find out what maternity hospitals in Singapore now provide to pamper preggies with. They’re almost tempting me to haul the husband into the bedroom for some horizontal gymnastics…
We like The confinement menu is designed in consultation with Traditional Chinese Physicians from Eu Yan Sang, and new mums can enjoy free flow of longan and red date tea. All single bedrooms have Internet connection, personal telephone, television and DVD player.
Pssst! If you’re looking for that pampering touch, the VIP maternity package at Gleneagles Hospital’s new Tanglin Suite (see photo above) will offer all this and more. Perks include complimentary Metabolic and Hearing screening for the newborn, private nurse service, in-room minibar, a 15-minute head and neck massage for the mother, hair grooming, one home visit, a celebratory cocktail party for 10 persons.
Cost of stay From $7,431* for a normal/assisted delivery (two days in a single room).
Take a tour 1pm from Mondays to Fridays, 11am and 1pm on Saturdays. Call 6473 7222 to book an appointment.
We like One third of the babies born in Singapore are delivered right here! KKH is the specialist tertiary medical centre for high risk and complicated pregnancies referred from other centres locally and abroad. KKH is also the only dedicated women’s and children’s restructured hospital in Singapore. The perinatal team is on 24-hour standby with facilities and capabilities for immediate emergency Caesarean Section delivery. This enhances safety for women in labour and their babies in situations where the need for urgent delivery arises or is required. The newly renovated private delivery suites come with a single bed, attached bedroom with shower facilities, recliner-chair, and a telephone to keep anxious family members updated on your baby’s arrival. Each obstetric ward has a team of specially trained nurses, and lactation consultants are also available to familiarise new mothers with breastfeeding techniques.
Pssst! You can also opt for a dedicated obgyn specialist to see you through pregnancy and delivery, and enjoy extended clinic hours including evenings and weekends. If you prefer an experienced midwife to handle your pregnancy, you can opt for one as long as you are having a normal, low-risk pregnancy. The hospital’s physiotherapists provide antenatal/postnatal care and conduct antenatal classes, aqua fitness for pregnancy, pre- and postnatal fitball, and baby massage classes. If you are staying in the single ward, a sofa bed is provided at no extra charge.
Cost of stay From $4,248*
Take a tour Every Friday, 11am. Call 6394 5038 (Patient Education Centre) to book or go on a virtual tour here.
We like The Alvernia Parentcraft Centre, a one-stop parentcraft and lactation centre for parents with newborns. This features a cosy waiting area and beverage corner along with a mini library of breastfeeding resources. You can also pick up breastfeeding related items which are on sale. The Alvernia Ladies Card offers discounts on the antenatal course, consultation fees at the 24-hr clinic, the Health Screening Centre, the retail pharmacy, and more. There’s a new Marriage Enrichment session in the antenatal course. This covers romance and sex during and after pregnancy, communication and conflict resolution skills, and managing each other’s new emotions as parents.
Pssst! You can opt to have your newborn presented and blessed in the hospital’s chapel before going home. If you are Catholic, you will also be offered communion.
Cost of stay From $5,791*
Take a tour 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays; 10am and 12 noon on Saturdays. Call 6347 6788 or email email@example.com to make an appointment.
We like Paperless admission means there’s no need to lug around all sorts of documents or hang out in waiting areas. Mt E also offers a walking epidural so you don’t have to be confined to the bed during labour.
Pssst! There’s complimentary four-day parking so new dads don’t have to worry about town area parking charges. The maternity wards and nursery are renovated, and all single rooms have Internet access, personal telephone, television and DVD player. Opt for the premium Daffodil Suite maternity package and enjoy: day and night private nurse services, a 15-minute head and shoulder massage for mum, a celebration dinner or cocktail party, customised post-natal menu, a post-delivery home visit, bedside hospital discharge, one-to-one antenatal session or birth plan consultation, private breastfeeding and baby care sessions, pre-registration at your preferred location, and more.
Cost of stay From $7,673* (normal/assisted delivery, two days in a single room).
Take a tour 4pm from Mondays to Fridays, 1pm on Saturdays. Call 6250 0000 to arrange for a maternity tour.
We Like Singapore’s first new maternity ward in 16 years (launched on 28 March 2014) is also the first and only one that guarantees every mum-to-be the comfort and privacy of a single room. Here, mothers can look forward to comforts of home away from home, with a welcome mini bar, free WiFi, a tablet for mobile web surfing, a 46” LED TV with in-room entertainment system and premium bath toiletries from Crabtree & Evelyn. The hospital also provides personalised post-natal confinement menus, complimentary 15-minute massages, personalised bath demonstrations and breastfeeding coaching.
Psst! The Junior Suite offers an adjoining living room and an optional outdoor terrace, a luxurious walk-in bathroom, Como Shambhala toiletries, personalised nursing service, bath demonstration and breastfeeding coaching. The newborn hearing screening test is included as well.
Cost of stay Currently unavailable at the MOH website. Basic costs from $3,060 (figure from the hospital, does not include incidentals and other extras) for a two-night stay, including food and lodging for one accompanying family member and complimentary parking for the family.
Take a tour Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm. Call 6898 6898 or make an appointment here.
We like The dedicated Fetal Care Centre which provides screening, diagnosis, counselling and management of foetal abnormalities during pregnancy. There’s also a Women’s Clinic with a breastfeeding room and a waiting area for parents in the baby clinic. NUH was also the first hospital in Singapore to allow water birth, and to have support groups for mental health and breastfeeding. Parents-to-be can also attend the Natural Birth Information Session and Tour to find out more about gentle birthing.
Pssst! Enjoy postnatal recovery in the Deluxe Suite, which has two LCD TVs in the hall and sleeping room, a writing desk, Wi-fi connection, a dressing table, coffee and tea making facilities, a bar fridge, and concierge services. There’s also a complimentary candlelight dinner for new parents.
Cost of stay From $4,836* (single room, two days, normal delivery).
Take a tour Twice a month, on a weekday afternoon. Call 6772 2255 for details and appointments.
We like The newly renovated maternity ward and nursery – who wouldn’t? Also, this East Coast hospital exudes a cosy, intimate, resort-like atmosphere, which makes postnatal recovery here seem like a relaxing holiday.
Pssst! All single rooms have Internet connection, a personal telephone, and a television. The maternity package also includes a breastfeeding session, a customised post-natal menu, and personalised hands-on baby bath demo and coaching.
Cost of stay From $5,050* (normal/assisted delivery, two days in a single room).
Take a tour 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays; 10am on Saturdays. Call 6340 8675 for an appointment or email firstname.lastname@example.org
We like The hospital provides water pools for pain relief during labour, or for water births. A comprehensive six-lesson antenatal course has also been introduced. Ask for the post-delivery confinement menu during admission. New mums and dads can also get to enjoy a candlelit dinner for two (chargeable) after baby is out.
Pssst! Proud mamas can also commemorate baby’s birth with “The First Step of Life by Best Imprezzione” – an individually hand crafted mould of baby’s hands or feet coated in industrial gold or 24k gold (also chargeable).
Cost of stay From $7,118* (normal delivery with a two-day stay in a one-bedded room).
Take a tour At 11.30am on Wednesdays and 4pm on Mondays. Simply proceed to the Business Office at Level 8 about five minutes before any of these times.
We like Pretty delivery suites decorated with flora and fauna-inspired walls help ease the birthing process.
Pssst! Antenatal classes are conducted by experienced trained registered nurses. Topics include: pregnancy changes, nutrition, psychological preparation for pregnancy and parenthood, and pain relief methods.
Cost of stay From $3,416*
Take a tour At 11.30am and 3pm, Mondays to Fridays. Call 6321 4377 to make an appointment.
We like The Dad’s Enrichment Programme, launched in December 2012, which helps fathers play a bigger and more rewarding role in parenting by equipping them with the basic necessary information to support their wives during pregnancy, and through to childbirth. Dads-to-be who attend the programme learn to perfect their techniques in diaper changing, swaddle their babies, feed, and burp them. They are also shown how to get the baby to relax and sleep with the help of baby massage and music therapy.
Pssst! A Soup-For-Mums programme feeds all new mums breastmilk-boosting soups to get lactation going. There’s also the newly-launched Thomson Confinement Food which provides food and nutrition to recuperating mothers after childbirth — direct to their homes. The Thomson Parentcraft Centre conducts hypnobirthing courses as well.
Cost of stay From $5,804*
Take a tour At 10am and 2.30pm from Mondays to Fridays; and 10am and 12pm on Saturdays. A complimentary Thomson Medical’s Signature Soup for Moms will be served at the end of the tour. Sign up at the information counter or call 6358 0055/ 6350 8876
*Prices accurate in April 2014, as supplied by the hospitals, or according to the 50th percentile bill (for Ward A in public hospitals and a single-bed room in private hospitals) size at the Ministry Of Health website. Check the MOH site to get updated prices for maternity packages. Prices indicated here may be subject to GST unless otherwise stated.