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How to register at a local hospital

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    You do know though that QMH is an option even if you haven't preregistered - that door is not closed because you haven't registered, it will always be an option for you regardless. Yes preregistering is preferred, but by no means is it necessary. I would be a little concerned about Matilda, but you don't need to worry about not having a back up - you will have QMH as a back up whether you register or not :) (I'm not telling you NOT to register, just saying you don't NEED to, ever if you don't want)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nicolejoy View Post
    If I were holding out for a place at Matilda, I probably would only just book at the public hospital when I was 34-36 weeks or so personally... I'm kind of more of the opinion "why bother with something you may not need anyway?" And once you're in the system they want you to come to regular appointments with them as well which are a bit of a pain if you don't plan on delivering there...

    I happen to disagree as I had fully planned to give birth in a private hospital--I was already booked to give birth there and had paid a deposit of $3,000 HKD and I had a doctor whom I was pleased with at the time. I was also registered with the public hospital.

    In the end I am very glad I had also registered with the public hospital for two reasons. The first reason is that mid-way through my third trimester I started having problems and I needed very expensive, specific tests that are very rarely performed in the private sector. My doctor recommended these tests but said it would be not only extremely expensive for me if he ordered them but it would take a lot longer and the results may have to be processed in another city like Singapore or something. So, he recommended I seek to have these tests done in the public hospital. The tests were really important for me and the health of my baby. They were performed and the results were issued promptly. I didn't pay anything for the tests. They have the medical labs in-house (or through cooperation with the universities) to do the tests in HK.

    The second reason is that when I was almost 39 weeks pregnant my doctor called me up and told me that he was not comfortable with my birth plan and basically bailed out on me as a doctor. At 38 weeks I toured the hospital I was booked to give birth in and realized it was totally not up to my standard of what I wanted for a birthing experience and also it was going to cost me almost three times as much as had been communicated earlier. So, I really had no choice but to go to the public hospital to give birth.

    You can register at the public hospital and just make it known that you are seeing a private doctor for most of your appointments and then ask them which checkups you specifically should attend for their records. This is EXACTLY what I did in the beginning of my pregnancy.

    I chose to see a private doctor for two reasons. The first reason was that the public hospital appointments are often inconveniently scheduled. You have no selection rights on day or time usually so in order to attend these appointments I would need to take a lot of time off of work and often on really inconvenient days to attend. It was a lot better for me to see a private doctor who is open in the evenings so I could go there after work.

    The second reason was that when I was five months pregnant we decided to book a spot in a private hospital.

    Anyway, when I registered at the public hospital at 12 weeks pregnant I told them I was seeing a private doctor (which is a common practice in HK anyway for women who are giving birth in the public hospital) and then I asked specifically what appointments I was required to attend in the public hospital--they told me that I needed to attend the structural scan at 24 weeks and take the blood glucose tolerance test at 28 weeks. They were totally fine with me not attending appointments there and just requested I get copies from my doctor of any tests or important records to bring with me when I went into labor. So, I could have registered with the public hospital and never given birth there and it really wouldn't have mattered that much to them. They're not going to call you up and ask you why you didn't give birth there if you eventually get into Matilda and they also aren't going to hound you about attending appointments. They have far too many people to deal with to do that.

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    thanks a lot everyone.

    I called up Tsan Yuk hospital for an appointment for registration (thye want to take an appointment before someone comes for registration)and it turns out they are booked for registration until 18th May! i am gettign very stressed now. 18th may is very close to my due date and just to get an appointment to register on 18th May is dangerous.

    I was thinking, shall I just trying going there today evening and requesting them to register me (after explaining the situation that I am due soon and did not register before ).
    has anyone done that? what do you think they will do if I just go there?
    please let me know. Thanks a lot

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    I don't know about Tsan Yuk but if I were you, that's what I would do.
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

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    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    the thing is: public hospitals will not turn you away, whether or not you are registered.
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    Quote Originally Posted by carang View Post
    the thing is: public hospitals will not turn you away, whether or not you are registered.
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    True. But, another note is that even with registering, checking into the public hospital when you're in labor can be total chaos with so many questions being thrown at you. I wouldn't want to deal with the additional chaos of them asking me to register at the time of labor--which is what they would do. Even as a registered patient they were asking so many questions trying to verify information that it was hectic. I would just go through the process of registering so you have less stress and if anything happens between now and giving birth they have you in their system which will speed up processing of your case (as was the case with my skin issues I had to have looked into--I was rushed through the system--having specialist appointments all scheduled spur-of-the-moment on the same day--if I was just a "walk-in" case I doubt it would have been the same)
    “Many women have described their experiences of childbirth as being associated with a
    spiritual uplifting, the power of which they have never previously been aware …
    To such a woman childbirth is a monument of joy within her memory.
    She turns to it in thought to seek again an ecstasy which passed too soon.”

    ~ Grantly Dick-Read (Childbirth Without Fear)

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    JMW, boy, born November 29, 2007, 9:43 pm, USA
    MJW, girl, born March 17, 2011, 4:14 pm, HK

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    In my first pregnancy, I didn't register at Tsan Yuk until 28 weeks. I think it will be fine since you are seeing Dr. Ghosh already. Just bring all your test results with you to your first appt. They might not accept you if you haven't made an appt, but it doesn't hurt to try, right?

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