Forums  •  Classifieds  •  Events  •  Directory

 
Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Should I have the baby in HK or Canada?

  1. #9
    C bebe's Avatar
    C bebe is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jan 2008
    Location
    Mid-levels
    Posts
    48
    Quote Originally Posted by rebekah View Post

    second, going away to have the baby means that everyone you have ever known wants to see you in the month?6 weeks? that you are home, and you probably will want that time to stare at your baby and spend time as a family.
    that's one i didn't think about! you're right - everyone will want to come over when all i will want to do is spend time with baby & hubby.

    i'm booked into matilda so most likely, i'll end up staying here in HK. having hubby next to me & being able to spend time with the new baby as a family is 1st priority.

    good luck to you on your trip to US w/your daughter!

  2. #10
    jools is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2004
    Location
    Discovery Bay
    Posts
    378
    There is also the beds situation here at the moment. If you want to go private and are already pregnant, you may find it difficult to get a definite booking.

  3. #11
    MeowMeow is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    240
    Quote Originally Posted by C bebe View Post
    i'm pregnant with my 1st and have been debating whether to have the baby here in HK or back home in US (los angeles).

    it'd be great to have family & friends (esp. mom) to take care of me afterwards but then my husband wouldn't be able to stay for a long time. he would most likely take a 2-wk vacation, if that, and have to fly back to HK for work.

    i've heard of many expats going back home to have their baby. for those, was it difficult? how old before the baby can travel and you can return home to HK? how about all the baby stuff?
    I delivered my DD in LA and I can tell you good for the help we get from mom and friends, but felt lonely when hubby was to able to be there. Same as your situation, hubby can only stay for limited time. I brought my DD back to HK when she was 2 months old, great flight with feed - sleep - feed. She loved the plane, I guess at that age all they do is feed & sleep. About the baby stuff, you'll have to get new ones like bottle sterializer, baby monitor, and etc. due to different voltage.

    My DS was delivered here in HK last year and it was a really good experience here. If you're interested, PM me i can tell you the differences and also about baby's US citizenship.

    Good Luck

  4. #12
    jaz1311 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    HK
    Posts
    208

    hi

    hi

    i m not sure if u hv make yr decision. my only advise is if you are not a canadian resident then I really do not think Canada is a good place due to their medical system.

    I just came back from Canada late last month and I am giving birth in HK in Nov 08. My hubby is still in canada but he will be back to HK on time for the birth of the baby.

    Hope it helps.

  5. #13
    mummymoo is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    316
    Also you need to work out your insurance status as you may not be entitled to give birth in the public and your private insurance may have a waiting period, and private births here are very expensive compared to Australia.
    Also most obs and gyn recommend no flying after 34-35 weeks.
    Many things to think about and weigh up.

  6. #14
    MLBW Guest

    In Favor of Birthing "Back Home"

    Quote Originally Posted by Smiles View Post
    I'd be interested to know how people manage having the baby back home.
    How do you time having the baby with making sure you're husband is there? (afterall you can't predict the exact date they arrive...)

    Also most airlines won't let you fly after 35 weeks and although having family and friends there I'd be pretty miserable without my hubby.
    This is an old post but I thought I'd reply.

    I did exactly that--went back to the States to give birth. It's not easy but I wouldn't have done it differently. I would never give birth in Hong Kong if I could help it.

    I flew at 29 weeks and my tummy barely fit behind the lap tray. It was a really miserable flight and my legs swelled up really bad. I was apart from my husband for about 10 weeks. He got a few weeks off from work and arrived two weeks before the due date. It worked well as I went into labor naturally on my due date and gave birth 43 hours later .

    It was not the easiest way to do things--but the quality of care that I received and the options I had for birthing were that which I couldn't find in Hong Kong.

    My husband is a local Hong Kong person so I guess even though I'm an expat, we don't really live the typical expat lifestyle that I've noticed here--husbands having really good-paying jobs with benefits--living in the heart of the city--that sort of thing.

    So, for us to give birth in a private hospital and have to pay the fee upfront would be an impossibility. In the States we had payment options.

    And as we were fully committed to and prepared for natural childbirth with the husband present we couldn't very well go through the public system either.

    Home births aren't an option in Hong Kong and as it turns out, I ended up losing a lot of blood so it's a good thing I was in a hospital.

    Also, with it being my first child, it was great to have my mother, whom I'm close with, there to help out.

    No, it wasn't easy but if I had it to do over again--even with all the crazy travel, I would.

  7. #15
    capital is offline Banned
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    cananda
    Posts
    481
    Quote Originally Posted by jaz1311 View Post
    hi

    i m not sure if u hv make yr decision. my only advise is if you are not a canadian resident then I really do not think Canada is a good place due to their medical system.

    I just came back from Canada late last month and I am giving birth in HK in Nov 08. My hubby is still in canada but he will be back to HK on time for the birth of the baby.

    Hope it helps.
    Canada is not good because of their medical system? This is a bizarre statement. In canada you do not have to book a room in advance, you never have no worry that you won't have a hospital to dlever in, as they cannot refuse you. The baby stays in the room with you, you husband can stay with you in labor and overnight after baby is born, you labor in a private room. lots of newer hosptils or renovated hospitals will have all private postpartum rooms as well. It is free, safe, and clean. You can pay for a home birth if you want to. It is pretty fantastic to a lot of the stories I read about on here. of course if you are not Canadian or a landed immigrant they you should have medical insurance, as you will have to pay.

    As too the original poster, I can see ins pite of how good the system is hear, logistaiclly it would be difficult to go back to canada to have the baby. what did you decide to do?

  8. #16
    jaz1311 is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    HK
    Posts
    208
    Quote Originally Posted by capital View Post
    Canada is not good because of their medical system? This is a bizarre statement. In canada you do not have to book a room in advance, you never have no worry that you won't have a hospital to dlever in, as they cannot refuse you. The baby stays in the room with you, you husband can stay with you in labor and overnight after baby is born, you labor in a private room. lots of newer hosptils or renovated hospitals will have all private postpartum rooms as well. It is free, safe, and clean. You can pay for a home birth if you want to. It is pretty fantastic to a lot of the stories I read about on here. of course if you are not Canadian or a landed immigrant they you should have medical insurance, as you will have to pay.

    As too the original poster, I can see ins pite of how good the system is hear, logistaiclly it would be difficult to go back to canada to have the baby. what did you decide to do?
    I was not a landed immigrant or caanadian so I even have difficulty looking for a ob who is willing to look after a new patient who is willing to pay cash though i do not have insurance. Unlike in HK I can have to option of going private.

    My husvband is canadian and I am not cos my country of origin do not allow dual citizenship and I am not willing to give up my original citizenship.

Page 2 of 3 FirstFirst 123 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Anyone taken baby's food and formula to Canada?
    By Portia in forum Feeding Baby
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 05-30-2011, 11:10 AM
  2. Help going to Canada toronto with baby for first time!!
    By chrissy2 in forum Everything Else
    Replies: 19
    Last Post: 03-02-2010, 03:12 PM
  3. Anyone's taken 2 helpers to Canada?
    By mintycat in forum Helper Forums
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-16-2008, 06:17 PM
  4. Baby Sick in Hong Kong (from Canada)
    By bunbunng in forum Baby's Health
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 06-09-2007, 03:35 PM
  5. Travelling to Canada/US
    By tkn in forum Baby Talk
    Replies: 14
    Last Post: 05-15-2007, 04:09 PM
Scroll to top