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.
KK Women’s And Children’s Hospital
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.
Mount Alvernia Hospital
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 protected] to make an appointment.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital
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.
Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
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.
National University Hospital
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.
Parkway East Hospital
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 [email protected]
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.
Singapore General Hospital
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.
Thomson Medical Centre
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.
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As a HypnoBirthing Childbirth Educator, I’ll definitely suggest this blog to many pregnant moms. Thanks for the collating this information
Hi, just like to check, all the price are based on 1 warded assumption? But i saw on the MOH website the price are different. Why is that so?
Hi Ferlyn, these are supplied by the hospitals themselves. The ones on the MOH website are according to the 50th percentile bill size. Hence the difference. You can also look at the hospital websites, or email or call them to check closer to your delivery date, as prices do vary and fluctuate.
So these prices are based on the single warded?
Hi Ferlyn, yes. However, closer to your delivery date or when you are deciding which hospital to give birth in, check again with the hospital websites, or email or call them to check closer to your delivery date, as prices do vary and fluctuate.
Which doctor is the most popular about natural givebirth ?
Thanks for the informative & concise information. Is it advisable to pre-book a room in advance?
I would like to know what’s the possibility to transfer to different hospital?
My first pregnancy in 2005 was in kkh now I’m in my second pregnancy n was suggested to kkh but I wish to go to parkway east hospital or mount Elizabeth this time round my first check up is at kkh. Is it possible to change hospital now?
Hi Sugar, switching hospitals is not a problem. However, you may want to check if your obgyn does deliveries at the hospital of your choice.
hi there, June Wan
thank you . i will note that and check.
my first choice is parkway east hospital and it’s obviously stated here that it does so i will call them to check with them on the procedure. thank you.
Looking at this post i would really suggest pregnant women’s to get admitted in such hospitals, the services and care taken here is really nice, i hope in future all hospitals have such kind of rooms.
hi, June wan..
i have check all various hospital and they have separate packages for maternity and Antenatal Package (Outpatient)
so do you think for any hospital are we able to just go to different hospital for delivery and antenatal?
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Hi June Wan,
When is the best time to start looking for a hospital? And the follow ups for antenatal packages can be done at polyclinics rite? or do we have to go through the hospitals throughout?
Personally i had very good experience with glenE. I miss their confinement food. The mid wifes are very well train. The room is comfy. I notice that in the article some price have *.. Y is it so？
Hi.. I’m currently in Dubai and will be giving birth in Spore and thinking of water birth. So far I think I have opted for Raffles as they seem to have good information about this matter. Any suggestion for transfer patient like me? I will be in Spore on my 7th month next year. thank you
Hi there ladies! Im a first-timer here and would like to know know. From what i understand and read your comments, these packages are for deliver part. What about for monthly check ups after knowing we are pregnant? Should i walk in to my preffered hospital or normal neighbourhood clinic will do? Hope someone can help? Thanks! :)
You can see a polyclinic doctor up to your 20th week, which is when you’ll be referred to a govt hospital for the ultrasound. You’ll save a lot that way. This is what I did. My pregnancy so far has been smooth sailing and I’ve only seen the polyclinic doc twice and a gynae 4 times. Right now I’m in my 36th week.
Can anyone recommend a gyno? I am currently 29 weeks. I have just moved to Singapore and would ideally like a natural birth using hypnobirthing method.
Is it true? Private are cheaper than KKH?
Is it possible to take antenatal package at a govt hospital then switch to private when deliver? Do we need to have our own specialised gynae?
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I love Thomson, my baby was jaundice and they were so nice to push baby to me 3 times a day. By the second day, Scottish nurse push the baby to me and help me with breastfeeding; pump me, massage my engorge, get hubby to be pro-active and we love the experience of family-care. Love those personal attention.
Must try: Mee Soto, strong ginger-chicken soup to die for! Yummy.
SGH is actually good. Cheaper too, mannerism a little lacking from the Chinese-nurse.
NUH is very good too, attentive staff…optional request of Cafe Latte @ S$5.00.
All hospitals are agreeable to upgrading of room especially O&G section, mommies comfort is no.1.
As long as beds are available.
I try calling KKH telephone 6394 3739 to book a tour but I was told that is the wrong number , they are KKH labour ward. The correct number to call is 6294 4050
We’ve updated the number in the article, thank you!
Hi June Wan, I’m so sorry, 6294 4050 is not the correct number too. I’m been calling the whole morning and transfer all over the place to no avail
6394 3739 -> say they are labour ward, wrong number, ask me to call 6294 4050
6294 4050 -> say they are central apt hotline, wrong number, ask me to call 6394 1268
6394 1268 -> no one pick up the call
6225 5554-> tried call KKH main enquiry line, ask me to call 6394 5038
6394 5038 -> no one pick me call.
so I have no idea which number is the correct one…
Hi Jellyfish, I was told to call 6394 5038 — the Patient Education Centre — as well. In the meantime, you can also go on a virtual tour of the maternity ward via this link. Congrats on your pregnancy!
Choose any but NUH. We were so excited to deliver our baby at NUH but the staff’s response and services have grown from bad to worse since the day we signed up for the delivery package. Doctors are no doubt good, the management is very inefficient and tardy.
– Doesn’t matter if you arrive for doctors appointment on time – the waiting time is nearly 1 hour.
– The assistant will take another 30-45 mins to update your appointment card (thats the height really!)
– The scanning machines are way old!! Nothing is visible on the screens…and the attitude of radiologists is just intolerable. Of course its their job and they do it all day long, they could be emotionally supportive to our excitement. Both our scans (minor and major) were literally screwed up – the radiologist didnt even give us a single picture. No 3D scan facilities – we asked and the only rude response we got is that it has to be specially arranged and its only between 28 – 30 weeks (C’mon this is 2015).
Other hospitals not only give you clear scan CDs . They should at least allow pic or videos if they cant provide pic or CD.
– Major disappointment, if there are any other complications or illness other than doctor’s scheduled appointments, they don’t entertain you. You have to go and seek emergency help at other clinics.
Finally we have decided to switch our hospital…not sure they will refund our package but we don’t care now. NUH has simply ruined our maternity experience.
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Which hospital in SG is more cost effective and has a good service for twin delivery?
We wanted to go for MA’s maternity tour today, 08.07.15. There was 1 cancellation and we could make it there max 10mins late.
However, we spoke to one of their nurse, Ms A, who seem very insensitive to our needs.
As we plan to have a look at the hospital and the rooms to see if it suits us and our requirements before booking a gynae tagged to that hospital.
For 10mins late, we would advised against coming for the maternity tour, which we are alright with it, as to us, its the visual that counts most.
Secondly, we were again advised against coming for a tour so early with an EDD 7mths later, “as its likely we would have to come down again in 3-4mths time and take up another slot”
Really? whats up with MA??? guess biz is really too good that u can start turning away potential biz
We have visited other hospitals and MA is regretfully to say, the worst hospitality!
Counter staff Ms G tried damage control but the damage has already been done, thank you for saving me 1 trip down MA. You got my thumbs down even before i see your premises!
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[…] koala2004 wrote: Note that non-PR are considered non-resident and private patient at KKH, so only can go for A or B1 wards. If you use the calculator, you realised if you go lower wards than B1, you actually pay more! My wife is currently with KK and I regretted as she was not able to get PR in time, so I would rather go private like TMC (single price for all nationalities) if only ICA can give us a definite answer and timeline! So at KK, may end up same price as private hospital and yet don't enjoy like a private patient, some more my stupid gynae no package, pay and pay each visit! TMC gynae's package 600+ (incl 13 visits, vitamins, routine checks) and our visit to KK each visit is $125++ (rate for foreigner), some more vitamins pay extra, now haven't deliver already pay close to 2K! What is this man! ish lidat lah…public hospital suppose to cater n benefit sinkies mah. can convert work visa to LTVP or not seems like LTVP+ is considered as resident U mean delivery in TMC, Mount E, etc. is same price for all nationalities? See their delivery package total 2 days is about 2-3k moar compared to subsidised hospitals http://singaporemotherhood.com/artic…th-privileges/ […]
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