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.
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.
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)
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.
Antenatal care saves lives. Olafia Aradottir, a nurse and midwife from Iceland and the latest expert to join the Annerley team explains why.
In Hong Kong, as in much of the rest of the westernised world, when you learn you are pregnant, you take it for granted that you will follow a programme of antenatal visits. After the initial excitement it can feel that the checkups are a bit tedious and over-fussy, especially when all that the healthcare practitioner seems to do is check your weight, urine and blood pressure, but it is exactly these checks that provide the first indicators of a problem.