The Price of it All – The Delivery

The hospital… the first place that my baby will see. The place where he or she will meet people, lie in a bed, get a bath, have a taste of the world….

Obviously we better plan properly where it’s going to take place. Not just the place too, but also the gynaecologist who will supervise and facilitate my poonani to deliver my unborn into this world.

I came across this article. Which I found rather helpful. except for the fact that there really aren’t that many hospitals in Singapore. Saying that you’re going to list the top 10 hospitals in Singapore. Is like saying, I’m just going to put them all out there for you.

For all purposes of MY article, I’m only going to be looking at the ones near to where I stay (Central Area) because like I mentioned in one of my earlier posts, I’m not going to risk giving birth in the car while on the way to the delivery room.

And with the prudence to shorten this article, I’m not just going to paste the whole damn website wholesale, but I’m going to focus purely on charges applicable to single-bedders and the special things that they’re offering. I’m quite sad that a lot of prices are not listed for the additional services though. For those I’ll probably have to call in to find out more..

Kindly note also that apparently Ante- and Pre- natal things actually mean EXACTLY the same thing. Wiki says so right here. But to be fair: the ‘pre‘ prefix means before and the ‘ante‘ prefix also means before. Maybe they just mix it up every once in a while so the sentence sounds nicer or more “cheem” (complicated/technical).

Also, note that Assisted Delivery means with the use of a vaccuum or forceps.


So, in order of my personal preference as of now:

1) Mount Alvernia

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Based on Single Room (NOT deluxe) Ward

Type Length of Stay Package Price
Normal Delivery 2 days $2,947.85
Normal Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,198.23
Assisted Delivery 2 days $3,022.75
Assisted Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,273.13
Caesarean w GA 3 days $4,445.85
Caesarean w Epidural 3 days $4,337.85

Full fees schedule can be found in link above. This super detailed list really makes we wonder what will happen if like suddenly half way I decide I cannot tahan (endure) anymore  and I suddenly need an epidural.. How’m I going to be charged then huh?

Wah Lao (expression of exasperation) – so many T&C in the brochure. I summarized what I felt was important for you to know:

  • Companion Fee of $80.25 is applicable if a companion stays in
  • Alvernia Ladies Card (What sorcery is this!) has a discount upon presentation during admission
  • Discharge must happen before noon
  • Packages are for normal procedures and commonly used by doctors only. Complications and extended length of stay can result in you paying more money.

Nearest to my home and apparently run with a staff of Godly nuns and currently undergoing renovation. This is my top pic because I’ve always been impressed going over to visit friends who’ve delivered here. More interestingly, there are suite options which is like the crème de la crème of hospital rooms. If money were no object, these rooms would be #1 choice – almost equivalent to hotel suite quality I tell you. They NO LONG offers Water Birthing options though. Anyway from the reviews that I’ve seen, you should bank on Mt A purely because of the staff being so friendly.

Also Offers:

  • PARENTCRAFT – fancy schmancy name for classes to teach parents what to do with your baby once you’ve popped
  • Childbirth Education Course – teaches you what to expect during your pregnancy
  • Maternity Tour. Super recent Tour dissection available here

There isn’t very much of a difference between my #2 and #3 if you ask me because they are actually both under the  Parkway group, but I did rank Gleneagles higher because it’s not in the CBD and easier for my relatives to get to if anybody is coming to visit. Just a small thing for you to take note when considering logistics

More importantly, I find it’s important to highlight that  Parkway hospitals don’t seem to discriminate between assisted and non-assisted deliveries, and neither do they discriminate between GA and Epidural. So if you’re going for these options, it may actually be quite a bit cheaper here!

The Whole list of Parkway prices can be found here. GST is included in the calculations. Also, some of this stuff I couldn’t find on the individual hospital page, but it’s here on the Parkway site instead. T&SCs were hard to find, but I really don’t think they will differ too much from the rest.

2) Gleneagles

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Based on Single Bed Ward (Not Deluxe and NOT Suites)

Type Length of Stay Package Price
Normal Delivery 2 days $2,940.36
Normal Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,337.33
Assisted Delivery 2 days $2,940.36
Assisted Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,337.33
Caesarean w GA 3 days $4,735.82
Caesarean w Epidural 3 days $4,735.82

*Discounts available if you sign up for the Antenatal Classes

Also Offers:

  • Bedside Discharge – they will COME TO YOUR BED to help you with discharge WOWOWOW.
  • Limousine Service – they will FETCH YOU HOME OMG.
  • Pre-registration – like early check-in so you don’t have to worry about all the fuss when you arrive
  • Free Romper and Swaddle set – don’t know if I”m really that impressed but… FREE THINGS. Don’t Complain!
  • Free Wifi – so you can selfie the hell out of your newborn child the minute he/she is out.
  • Motherhood Seminar
  • PARENTCRAFT
  • Maternity Tour
  • Extra Plus – their website is super friendly and even has a section to tell you what you need to remember to pack in your overnight bag before you check in for delivery. AWW!

3) Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)

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Based on Single Room. NOT Daffodil Suite.

Type Length of Stay Package Price
Normal Delivery 2 days $2,940.36
Normal Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,532.07
Assisted Delivery 2 days $2,940.36
Assisted Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,532.07
Caesarean w GA 3 days $5,142.42
Caesarean w Epidural 3 days $5,142.42

*Discounts available if you sign up for the Antenatal Classes

Also offers:

  • Candle-light Celebration Dinner after giving birth in room. Woot ! See: PAR-TAY.
  • Post-natal MASSAGE – okay. only 15 minutes. and only Head & shoulders. But still MASSAGE!!
  • Free Romper and Swaddle set
  • Bedside Discharge
  • Free Wifi
  • PARENTCRAFT
  • Maternity Tour

4) Thomson Medical

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Based on One Bedded Room 

Type Length of Stay Package Price
Normal Delivery 2 days $3,143.66
Normal Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,411.16
Assisted Delivery 2 days $3,411.16
Assisted Delivery w Epidural 2 days $3,764.26
Caesarean w GA 3 days $4,834.26
Caesarean w Epidural 3 days $4,695.16

This list actually had a LOT more options than Mt A, but again, for conservancies sake, I shrink to the most common options. Please note the following additional charges:

  • Room Rate of $567.10 (I’m assuming per day) is NOT INCLUDED
  • Companion Charge is $101.65 PER DAY and is NOT INCLUDED

Moving on, there were not so many T&Cs as Mt A, but still a lot. Anyway my HTML is lousy so I don’t know how to make the whole list smaller 😦 When I try to shrink the font, the whole list goes out of whack. I have summarized yet again. Please go into the website and read yourself if you’re really very concerned.

  • The above packages are for normal procedures and items commonly used by doctors only. Complications and extended length of stay will result in more money (obviously). Histology, X-rays, blood tests, cultures, OT assistant fee, surcharges are not included in the package prices. 
  • The above estimates are hospital charges only and does not include all doctors professional fees. 
  • The Hospital check-out time is 11:00 am. 
  • The above rates are effective from 1 March 2014 and are inclusive of GST.

Closest to my heart – where my brother and I were both born. Also has gone through a major revamp recently – that probably explains the CRAZY ridiculous prices that they are charging. While writing this, I originally had TMC at #2, but sadely…. Anyway.. Mount A and TMC seem to be the maternity hospitals of choice for some reason. And they are really fighting there neck-and neck depending on who’s reviewing. Here’s just one comparison discussion I’ve found so far .

Also Offers:

  • PARENTCRAFT – fancy schmancy name for classes to teach parents what to do with your baby once you’ve popped
  • ThomsonBaby.com – a list of must-haves that are compiled for mummy and baby for preparation of pregnancy and after-delivery care, includes below services and also confinement food menus and a lot of mad online shopping conveniences
  • Confinement Nanny Services – Stay-in or Stay-out for 14 or 28 days, Singaproeans and SPR nannies only  and contract is only confirmed after interview!
  • First Born and Second Born Incentive Packages – like a membership to a gym, you get discounts if you keep going back, i.e. member rates for TMC services such as professional fees, hospital bills, outpatient visits andultrasound services, etc
  • TMC also just happens to be the only one out of my picks that offer a  Water Birth option. My doula friend told me that Mount A no longer offers this option. But anyway it’s also going to require an additional top up of fees and TMC seems to be the most expensive of the lot right now as it is…

Extra:
Journeying with Baby Expo at Suntec Convention Hall 401-402

Journeying with Baby


5) KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital

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Based on Class A1 (Single Bedder Ward)

Type Length of Stay Package Price * Estimated Bill Size
Normal Delivery 2 days $2,020 $4,695
Caesarean Delivery 3 days $2,461 $7,701

* Prices shown are inclusive of GST and are effective from March 2013.

 Package Features:

  • You are provided standard procedures and supplies.
  • The charges cover eight hours’ usage of the Delivery Suite or 30 mins usage of Operating Theatre.
  • If you have a normal delivery, the charges for the Delivery Suite will be waived after the 12th hour.
  • If you have initially signed up for a Normal Delivery Package and need an Emergency Lower Segment Caesarian Section (LSCS) Delivery, the charges for the first two hours of the Delivery Suite will be waived. However, a flat rate will be charged for subsequent usage.
  • If the actual length of your stay is shorter than the package’s stipulated coverage, we shall offer a rebate for the unconsumed ward and daily treatment fee only.

The Maternity Package is not all-inclusive. The package does not include the doctor’s professional fees and all neonatal related charges. All other procedures and investigations that have not been included in the package will be charged based on usage.

Not say I want to say la, but I will avoid a government / restructured hospital as much as possible if I can help it. Although the prices are competitive, I would still like to give birth to my baby at a branded hospital. I’m such a Singaporean. *Shame*

However I do like the way that they clearly state that the actual price you pay after delivery is helluva lot higher than just the package fee only. At least they are a lot more honest than the private hospitals. So kudos to them for that.

Also offers:

  • Baby registration within hospital compounds: inside the Admissions Office at Level 1, Women’s Tower.
  • As you can expect from a WOMAN’S hospital, the prenatal care is top-notch.  There’s a TEAM of specialists in Maternal Fetal Medicine to take care of you especially if the pregnancy is a high risk one. (I am thinking of more Discovery Home&Health shows, Oh No!)
    So far the ones at risk and the kiasu mummies.. this includes:
    – Antenatal Diagnostics
    – Antenatal Monitoring
    – Antenatal Risk Assessments
    – Perinatal (occurring during the time around [just before or after] birth) issues 
  • Postnatal Home Care and Advice with teaching (including breast-feeding/bathing)

SPECIAL MENTION: Raffles Medical 

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Type Length of Stay Package Price
Normal Delivery 2 days $2,588
Caesarean Delivery 3 days $3,888

Also Offers:

  • Baby Photography options – either baby’s first photo or footprint taken during your stay in the hospital
  • PARENTCRAFT
  • Another place for Water Birth options .if that’s the kind of thing you’re looking for.

 

Also, obviously besides prices, I think I need to, again, take into consideration that  some gynaes are quite particular with which hospital they work at. So I need to make sure that I don’t get too excited on any particular hospital to deliver at just yet. Or at the very least, I need to go start interviewing gynaes :/

Now, it’s also quite important to note that the government has kinda been trying to encourage more babies and pregnancies so it looks like the Medisave claimable limit has gone up. MOH lists here for how Medisave can be used to claim for maternity benefits. I’ll probably have to really read into all these parental grants and stuff a little bit closer to the delivery. But more important right now is to figure out which hospital I want to go to so I can hound make friends with the nurses and staff so they can find out things for me if I forget to check something out before birth.

Looking for a Bed to rest our head,
Jess

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