Thinking about joining an antenatal class in Hong Kong? To help you find the right class for your needs, Yvonne Heavyside of The Family Zone explains the factors to consider when choosing a class, and what types of courses are available in Hong Kong.
When I first started teaching antenatal classes in Hong Kong, there was very limited choice in the type of class and location. Most couples attended classes associated with the hospital in which they were to deliver, and if these were full they either went without or sought private classes. Now there are many different classes available, and whilst choice is always a good thing, it can also be a bit overwhelming and confusing. You might wish to consider some of the points I have outlined below when deciding which antenatal classes to choose.
Get yourself ready and pack all the essentials you’ll need during labour and birth and for after your baby is born. Our useful checklist will ensure you don’t forget.
It is recommended that you have your bag ready at least 4 weeks before your due date, although experienced mums often share how glad they were that their bags were ready at least 8 weeks before their debut.
Plan your birth with our round-up of maternity packages in Hong Kong's private hospitals.
Congratulations - you’re pregnant! So, what comes next? Well, if you are considering going down the route of Hong Kong's private hospitals for your delivery, then look no further. We've done the legwork and thrown all of the city's private hospitals' maternity package prices in a chart for your convenience (you're welcome!). Check out our comprehensive PDF list, which you can even download and print out for handy reading.
Private Hospital Maternity Packages in Hong Kong 2016
(Note: these package prices do not include doctors fees)
Learn how different positions can help make your labour seem less laborious.
Giving birth is not called “labour” for nothing; it can be hard work and one of nature’s greatest frustrations. Giving birth is often made more laborious than it needs to be because women conform to the idea that they should give birth while lying down on their backs. Women oblige because that’s what they see done on TV, and the professionals who should be advising them otherwise, fail to tell them there is an alternative, because that way is not as tidy or convenient for them. “That way” is being mobile during labour.
What’s to stop you from getting a natural birth in Hong Kong? According to Hulda Thorey, founder and head midwife at Annerley, it can be many things but not a lot if you know how to ask for it.
The first thing a mother-to-be should know is that having a natural birth experience in Hong Kong is not necessarily a matter of finance and being able to pay for what you want. Whether you go public or private, it’s more about having the knowledge and the confidence to work with the doctors or the system, and being able to ask for the right things at the right time.
The quick and painless procedure of banking a newborn’s cord blood and umbilical cord tissue can be used for future medical treatments to treat diseases and to save lives.
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Up until about 10 years ago, doctors and medical professionals considered cord blood to be a little more than medical waste. Today, cord blood is regarded as “the first gift from God” as research has shown that over a hundred life-threatening diseases1,2 – from cancers to blood diseases to immune disorders – can be treated using cord blood stem cells.