More advice about Hospitals
- 10-17-2008, 01:33 PM #9MLBW Guest
What was the Baptist like? Was continual fetal monitoring and an IV drip inserted a requirement? Did you have induction or augmentation (where they give pitocin or another drug to "speed up" contractions)?
The reason why I ask is that I gave birth to my son completely naturally--not an ounce of pain killer. Also, my husband and mother both attended the birth and were able to take an active role--they were my "coaches"--my husband helped "catch" my son and cut his umbilical cord. In my birth plan, I said that I wanted to be free of the continual fetal monitoring so that I could move about and also I chose to keep hydrated by drinking water. The hospital's policy was that I for every hour I needed to have the CFM device on for 15 minutes--and that was a compromise I could live with. Is this sort of thing possible at the Baptist?
I also was in labor for 43 hours (painful, 10-minutes apart or less contractions) and was in hard labor for 6 hours and very hard labor for 50 minutes before my son was born. How is the Baptist for time constraints in the event that a woman's labor is long (not talking about distress here--just a long healthy labor).
I am really curious to know how it really plays out here.
- 10-17-2008, 01:38 PM #10MLBW Guest
Part (a huge part) of the reason why we chose to give birth in my home country is that the payment options were varied. We didn't have to give any down payment and interest-free financing was available. Also, the hospital we gave birth at runs a midwifery program staffed by nurse midwives so we didn't have to pay a doctor's fee and their fee was a lot less--and they were EXCELLENT!
In addition, as the hospital is run by a Catholic charity, we submitted our financial data and received a 20% discount on the price of hospital fees in relation to our income.
- 10-17-2008, 11:18 PM #11Registered User
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- Apr 2007
- Hong Kong, Mid Levels
hmmmm, now I think about it the lack of deposit may be because of our insurance. We ended up paying maybe $5,000 in extras on departure, but the main bill was settled after the birth by the insurance company. Perhaps if they are aware you have full cover, they don't require a deposit.
Kudos to you MLBW for the totally natural birth!!
- 10-18-2008, 02:34 PM #12MLBW Guest
Hi Leah--Yes, that sounds like it was probably because you had maternity insurance that covered your costs. I'm having another discussion on a thread here at this Forum about maternity insurance. Basically, what we've found--and it seems to be confirmed that unless one has access through group insurance through their employer (or spouse's employer) in HK it is pretty unaffordable to buy individual insurance that offers maternity coverage--the main insurance companies we've consulted with charge a premium that is at or above the actual costs of paying out of pocket for maternity care--that's an annual premium with restrictions as well. My husband works for a small, local, family business in HK and so therefore we don't have access to the type of insurance that many foreigners enjoy. So in our case, giving birth in a private hospital (that would condone natural childbirth more likely than a public hospital) seems to still be a no-go. Too bad--guess if we have another it will be back to my home country again for me. :0(
- 10-18-2008, 07:36 PM #13Registered User
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- Apr 2007
MLBW - Another poster on this forum, Matty, has had 2 drug-free natural births in public hospitals in HK. One at QMH and the other at POW I am sure if you search through a few threads you will find her postings about the experiences she had - - both very positive from what i understand.
Or PM her with more specific questions about fetal monitoring etc
- 10-20-2008, 10:36 AM #14MLBW Guest
Not only did I have a drug-free birth. I had a husband-coached childbirth so that is what my aim is. It is very important to me that my husband and mother (or whoever else I deem appropriate) be allowed to attend and take a somewhat active part in the birth. As I had a very long birth, my concern is that I would be given undue pressure to either augment labor with pitocin or in another way compromise my wishes. Even in my home country which views natural labor in a pretty favorable light, I still had to fight a little bit of opposition to get what I wanted and was convicted was best for me and my child. Thank you again and I will contact the person you mentioned.
- 10-21-2008, 12:04 PM #15Registered User
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- Mar 2006
- Sai Kung
Yes, both of my births in HK were very positive experiences.
I Hypnobirthed both times, and had hubby very involved an with me the whole time.
The hospitals (QMH and POW) basically let us do our thing until it was time to push, then the midwife stepped in to help.
I've replied to your PM in more detail.
- 10-21-2008, 12:54 PM #16MLBW Guest
Awesome, Matty! Thanks for your response. Good on you!
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