Clueless about having a baby in Hong Kong? Find out what your birthing options are...
Assuming you've been planning on having a baby, and have had pre-pregnancy check-ups to ensure your body is in fine child-bearing form, pregnancy test results can still be a Pandora's Box of excitement and stress.
What to look out for when getting you and your baby covered
Planning on having a baby? As any parent can attest, this is one of the most exciting experiences in life and brings a joy unlike any other. But it also takes a lot of preparation to ensure that it is relatively stress-free and not financially burdensome.
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.
Find out registration procedures for baby in Hong Kong.
Registering the birth of your baby is a fairly simple process in Hong Kong. The hospital should give you a birth return (a document that records the baby’s birth) and automatically sends a registration to the birth registry, which is run by the Hong Kong Immigration Services. Upon the receipt of the documents by the registrar, which typically takes two weeks, you can make an appointment at the Births and Deaths General Register Office.
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 2015
(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.
What to buy for baby? Find out with our handy print-out-and-keep list of essential newborn baby items you will need when baby arrives.
When you first discover you’re pregnant, nine months can seem like an eternity until you're holding that tiny bundle of preciousness in your hands. However, with so much to prepare and organise, those nine months will fly by before you know it.
To help you get a head start on preparing for your new baby’s arrival, we enlisted the help of our wonderful GeoMums to compile this handy and practical checklist of baby essentials. The list includes the must-haves as well as nice-to-have items (in italics) that aren’t essential but they do make our lives easier. All you have to do is download and print ladies!
Some mothers do not wear a seatbelt when pregnant, thinking it may harm the baby. However, there is no medical evidence that suggests that wearing a seat belt may increase the chance of injury to the baby, placenta or uterus in the event of a collision. On the contrary, if a mother is effectively restrained with a seatbelt, the baby will be relatively protected by the mother's body.