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35 wks pregnant and urgently looking for OB in HK area

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    It is not true that there are no OBs in Hong Kong who will be willing to let you have skin-to-skin contact after your baby is born. Indeed my doctor, Dr Dawkins, was very happy to let me have skin-to-skin contact and I was allowed me to sleep with my baby while in hospital.

    In fact the United Christian Hospital in Kwun Tong has a policy of giving every mother at least 20 minutes of skin-to-skin contact with their just born baby. One of the nurses there told me that they changed their policy in Feb 2004. Before that only mothers wanting to breastfeed had the skin-to-skin contact but now everyone does.

    The main result of the policy change is that mothers who weren’t thinking of breastfeeding changed their minds when they saw how easy it is to breastfeed if you start right at the beginning. This is because the baby can latch-on by itself if you start early enough.

    I saw a film at a La Leche League meeting once where the baby crawled up and latched on by itself. It was amazing. When I had my last child I asked my doctor to allow this and he had no problem with it. His only concern was whether the baby get cold in the air conditioning and so he arranged to turn the temperature up once the baby was born.

    You can get what you want - good luck,
    Barb

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    Hi Barb,

    Thank you for your message. I have read about Dr. Dawkins from other threads and it seems like he is a very good OB. Do you think he will be flexible enough on things like usage of different labor position and not having a episiotomy unless for necessary? Besides, I wonder if you could give me a brief idea on the cost of having a natural vaginal birth as I know he only delivers at Matilda Hospital.

    About the video you mentioned in your message, I watched that when I took the antenatal class in New Zealand as well. It is truly amazing and I think it will be wonderful for the baby to bond with the mother right after he/she is born. Imagine the baby has also been thru hours of labor in order to come to this world and he/she must be in shocked to leave the womb so nothing is better than putting the baby next to the mother to calm the baby.

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    My baby is now four and a half years old so all my cost information is out of date now. I suggest that you ring up the receptionist at his clinic and ask. They will be used to people asking such question so don’t be shy.

    When I asked Dr Dawkins about his views on episiotomies he turned the question back on me. He said, "You’ve had both," (which was true my little daughter is my fourth child) "Which did you find more comfortable?" I told him that the tear seemed to heal more easily than the cut. He said that nearly all women say that and for that reason he didn’t routinely do episiotomies.

    Best wishes,
    Barb

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    Hi VCA,

    A friend who is a natural healer (!) chose Dr Dawkins to deliver her child. Not suprisingly, her list of alternative treatments extended far beyond a few homeopathy remedies and hypnobirthing. Dr Dawkins was extremely respectful of all her wishes and at the end of it all she was delighted with his care throughout pregnancy and labour and is using him again for No. 2.

    What is extraodinary about this is that she actually spent 48 hours in labour from when her waters broke without hardly dilating before having an emergency c-section. This was obviously her worst case scenario but afterwards she knew that he'd done everything possible to support her wish for a completely natural birth. She absolutely raves about him!!! Imagine the ultimate new ager being happy with a C-section outcome...

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    Another thing that you might like to consider is having a doula. All the research I’ve read indicates mothers are much happier with the outcome of their labour if a doula is there.

    The only person in Hong Kong I know that offers this service is Hulda at Annerley Mid-wives.(Tel: 2983-1558 or 6290-1445).

    Barb

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    Hi I'm 18 wks pregnant and my OB is a highly regarded doc by hospital staff and patients alike. Dr. Philip Ho 2899 2293. His staff , esp Kelly his Assistant, is also very friendly and efficient. He is known to be one of top docs in HK. He explains in great details, and answers all my questions with patience. Also one of top Fertility Specialist in HK. He delivers mostly at Mathilda and Adventist and works also at Queen Mary.

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    Hi Slee and Barb,

    Thank you both for your useful information. I have made an appointment to see Dr Dawkins this Saturday (as my husband will be in HK this weekend). I also checked the price for him to deliver a baby born naturally and by scheduled c-section. Hopefully, we will feel comfortable with Dr Dawkins so we don't have to change to another OB again. Again, thank you very much for your help and support.

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    I also wanted similar stuff - no drugs if possible, no episiotomy, freedom to try different positions for pushing, use birth balls, lots of bath / water. Tried Philip Ho (but he likes doing lots of ultrasound scans - every time I saw him!) and in the end changed to Sally Ferguson (at Owens Trodd & Partners) who was very open and supportive. I also had Hulda Thorey as doula - she was excellent, and I highly recommend her. I had a long labour and her presence was well worth it, giving lots of support. Don't forget the ob turns up for only the last hour of birth.

    I've heard from many that Dawkins is very good, but I wanted a woman ob. If his schedule doesn't work for you, perhaps you could try Sally.

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