Complete Guide to Singapore Hospitals to Give Birth

  • Complete Guide to Singapore Hospitals to Give Birth Image: Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

Congratulations! You just recently found out that you are pregnant, but have you decided on an OB-GYN yet? Any clue about the costs of delivery? Admission? What about the support classes that they provide? Luckily, Singapore’s maternity care is one of the best in the world.

In Singapore, hospitals in both the private and public sectors are typically safe and reliable. Deciding between both is generally a matter of choice, as both systems deliver top-of-the-line medical care. The extremely low infant mortality rates in Singapore verify the high-quality of the medical-systems in place. This article will guide you through the advantages and disadvantages of both, and hopefully assist you in your decision-making process.

Why should I choose a public hospital?
The largest benefit of going public is the affordability factor. Costs are generally lower than those in private hospitals, as public hospitals are usually subsidized by the government. You will pay even less if you are a Singaporean citizen! Another advantage is that public hospitals are usually better equipped to deal with birth and delivery complications.

Sounds good, are there any set-backs?
Although public hospitals are cheaper, you can expect a lag in service. This includes longer waiting times and less comfortable amenities. Visitation hours are also quite restricted, so give your relatives a heads-up beforehand! Public hospitals do not process insurance claims, so you must handle the paperwork yourself.

Why should I choose a private hospital?
If ultimate luxury and comfort is what you are after, then chose a private hospital for your delivery-day. Expect shorter waiting times and a smoother administration and billing process. Relax in beautiful luxurious waiting areas and enjoy perks such as head-massages, cocktail parties and reserved parking spots. Sometimes, the difference in cost between private and public hospitals is not as large as you might think! If you have a comprehensive insurance policy, a private hospital is a no-brainer!

Too good to be true? What are the dis-advantages?
If you do not have health insurance, private hospitals come at a large cost factor! Bills quickly accumulate if you have to stay for an extra night or two. Private births are also lead by OB-GYN, which lowers the amount of midwife support. Another set-back for some small private hospitals is their inability to deal with difficult births or medical emergencies, which is where you would be transferred for medical assistance elsewhere.

I have a general idea of which sector to go for. What are the best hospital options out there?
Good question. We have compiled a list of 10 hospitals in Singapore with maternity service, including options from both public and private sectors.

1. KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) : Maternity service
Public hospital

  • KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital (KKH) : Maternity service Image: KKH

What are so special?
As it name would suggest, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital is the only public hospital in Singapore that specializes in caring for women and children. They hold the record of the hospital with largest number of delivery cases in Singapore per year.

The OB-GYN ward delivers 30-35 babies a day, so they know what they’re doing. KKH also offers post-natal advice, such as lactation consultants to ease you into breastfeeding your newborn.

Quick facts
– 24-hour standby team: You are in safe hands in KKH, as there is a 24-hour standby peri-natal team available at the delivery suite, should an emergency strike!
– Multiple specializations for high-risk deliveries.

Normal delivery cost
– Ward A (1-bed): $4277 to $5,758
– Ward B1 (4-bed): $2915 to $4061
– Ward B2 (4-bed): $1423 to $2293
– Ward C: (4-bed): $965 to $1513

Maternity tour
– Take a quick peek at the delivery suites online
– Maternity tours are also held every Friday at 11am. Call (65) 6294 4050 to book a place.

Ward A room facilities: single bed, en-suite bathroom with shower facilities, couch-bed, and a telephone and television.

Location: 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899

Phone: (+65) 6225 5554                                                                                                                                           

2. National University Hospital (NUH) : Maternity service
Public hospital

  • National University Hospital (NUH) : Maternity service Image: NUH

What are so special?
This university hospital specializes in high-risk obstetrics, and is the experts in facilitating complicated pregnancies. If anything goes wrong in your delivery, you’d be lucky to be in NUH. This hospital is equipped with tons of experienced professionals in almost all medical specializations.

NUH is also the hospital for those who are looking for most natural birth. It is the first hospital in Singapore to offer water-birth and aromatherapy for a natural experience.

As well as medical excellence, NUH is the public hospital that takes the extra mile by offering a variety of premium services to ensure your utmost comfort during your stay. If you opt for the deluxe Ward A rooms, you will be provided with a complimentary butler to assist you in anything that you need! Butlers can order taxis, do your laundry, iron, and even wash your hair! Talk about pampering!

Quick facts
– STAN fetal monitor analysis equipment available
– Variety of confinement meals to suit different dietary restrictions
– With the ward A package, a romantic candle-lit dinner is included to celebrate your newborn with your partner!

Normal delivery cost
– Ward A (1-bed): $4, 258 to $5,714
– Ward B (4-bed): $2634 to $3,502
– Ward B2 (4-bed): $914 to $1265
– Ward C: (4-bed): $675 to $987

Maternity tour: Guided tours are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Call (65) 6772 2255 / 2277 to book a place, as spaces are quite limited!

Ward A room facilities: Attractive pastel-colored en-suites with a single bed, television, reclining armchair, bar fridge and daily newspapers.

Location: 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore, 119074

Phone: (+65) 6772 2255

3. Singapore General Hospital (SGH) : Maternity service
Public hospital

  • Singapore General Hospital (SGH) : Maternity service Image: SGH

What are so special?
SGH is the most cost-effective hospital for normal deliveries, which makes it a good pick for Singaporean mums-and-dads to be.

With a new gourmet food menu, floral delivery suites and extensive post-natal support, SGH is a dependable and comfortable choice. Experience ultimate comfort with a tropical feel in SGH’s newly remodeled delivery suites. They even feature a wall encased with a variety of plants for an added touch!

SGH has a recently created confinement menu, with delicious hospital food. Yes, you read that correctly. Although hospital food is usually unappetizing, SGH has added a variety of restaurant-like dishes, carefully crafted by dieticians. You’ll find yourself looking forward to your next meal!

Quick facts
– Part of the WHO Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative: promoting breastfeeding and providing support for new mothers.
– Renowned for their extremely supportive nurse team

Normal delivery cost
– Ward A (1-bed): $3,459 to $5,533
– Ward B (4-bed): $2,698 to $3,992
– Ward B2 (4-bed): $1218 to $1873
– Ward C: (4-bed): $978 to $1463

Maternity tour: 11.30am and 3pm from Mondays to Fridays. Call 6326 5923 to book your place.

Ward A room facilities: En-suite room with single bed, armchair and television.

Location: Outram Road, Singapore 169608

Phone: (+65) 6222 3322

4. Gleneagles Hospital (GEH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Gleneagles Hospital (GEH) : Maternity service Image: GEH

What are so special?
If you are searching for a luxurious stay, GEH is an ideal hospital for you. Enjoy an unparalleled level of luxury, in spacious and tranquil surroundings! If you upgrade to the super room package, you can expect a complimentary head massage, a metabolic screening, cocktail party and a ride home in a limo with your newborn! Extravagant suites are also available for a higher cost, but they are totally worth the splurge!

Gleneagles is proud to offer tasty specially-selected confinement food, and excellent post-natal support groups. This includes breastfeeding support from lactation specialists, and parentcraft classes.

Quick facts
– Luxurious services for superior room package
– Quick and easy check-in
– Wi-Fi everywhere

Normal delivery cost
– One-bed room: $8,441 to $11,511
– Two-bed room: $6,579 to $8,373

Maternity tour
Virtual tour
– You can also take a maternity tour from Mon-Sat to see everything for yourself! Call to schedule the tour in advance.

Maternity delivery suites: 10 delivery suites

Single room facilities: Single bed, recliner armchair, television, radio, Wi-Fi, DVD player

Location: 6A Napier Road, Singapore, 258500

Phone: (+65) 6575 7575

5. Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Mount Alvernia Hospital (MAH) : Maternity service Image: MAH

What are so special?
Mount Alvernia takes pride in its natural birthing methods, and employ some of the top OB-GYN doctors in the country!

From the moment you walk in, you will be served with ultimate professionalism and care. MAH is reputable for having extremely supportive and welcoming staff to guide you in your journey. The hospital offers marriage enrichment classes as a segment of their support classes. They also strive to promote breastfeeding amongst new mothers, with experienced lactation consultants at hand.

Quick facts
– You must pay a companion fee of $80.25 if your partner stays with you
– Only one companion is allowed in the delivery room
– Strict visitation hours
– Equipped with labor water-bath

Normal delivery cost
– One-bed room: $6,531 to $8,657
– Two-bed room: $4,934 to $6,848
– Four-bed room: $4,022 to $5,864

Maternity tour
– Virtual tour at: https://www.mtalvernia-hospital.org/virtual-tour/
– In-hospital tours: 2.30pm (Monday to Friday), 10am & 12pm (Saturdays). Book up to a month in advance!

Single room facilities: en-suite bathroom facilities, flat-screen TV, wi-fi, telephone, safe, toiletries, bar fridge and a recliner armchair.

Location: 820 Thomson Road, Singapore 57462

Phone: Tel: (+65) 6347 6688

6. Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Mount Elizabeth Hospital (MEH) : Maternity service Image: MEH

What are so special?
MEH features some of the most state-of-the-art facilities in Singapore! Patient-care is a massive priority, where they make sure your stay with them is smooth from start to finish.

MEH offers some unique luxurious perks, such as a reserved parking spot for you, mother and baby gift sets, ginger tea and longan at check-in and traditional confinement food to nourish your body after the baby has arrived! You can also treat yourself to a complimentary massage, manicure, pedicure and a romantic meal with your partner. Oh, did we mention the limo service that will drive you home in style?

With regards to support, MEH will assign a personal nurse for you, and coach you through hands-on bathing demonstrations and breastfeeding sessions to ease you into parenthood.

Quick facts
– Right next to Orchard shopping malls
– Most expensive private hospital for giving birth in Singapore
– Reserved parking spot

 Normal delivery cost
– One-bed room: $8,866 to $12,053
– Two-bed room: $6,370 to $8,307

Maternity tour
– Call 6731 2000 to schedule a maternity tour.
Virtual tour

Single room facilities: Wi-fi, flatscreen TV, couch, en-suite bathroom facilities and a telephone.

Location: 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510

Phone: Tel: (+65) 6250 0000

7. Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MNH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital (MNH) : Maternity service Image: MNH

What are so special?
This newly built, gleaming facility will cater to all your needs. With its sparklingly sleek décor, up-to-date equipment and emphasis on security, this hospital is worth the extra splurge! Relax in a holiday-like environment, where your utmost privacy is accounted for. In MNH, you will receive a personal-access key-card for the gated security at each level, individual temperature controls and luxury toiletries in case you forgot yours!

MNH also introduced a unique way of identifying your newborn, called the ‘hugs and kisses’ system. You and your baby are tagged, and the buzzer will play a melody if the match is correct, or sound an alarm if there is a mismatch.

Quick facts
– Reserved parking spots for 2 members of the family.
– Starbucks, Samsara Gourmet and a Salad Garden are available to cater for hungry waiting fathers.
– Companions are offered complimentary meals and lodging.

Normal delivery cost: $7,755 to $10,085 (one-bed room)

Maternity beds: 30 single-bedrooms

Maternity tour
– Maternity tours are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Call 6933 0191 to reserve.
Virtual tour

Room facilities: 46-inch flat-screen TV, couch and en-suite bathroom facilities. Get some fresh air in your very own private terrace!

Location: 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563

Phone: Tel: (+65) 6250 0000

8. Parkway East Hospital (PEH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Parkway East Hospital (PEH) : Maternity service Image: PEH

What are so special?
Recently renovated, PEH’s maternity ward offers a small and cozy environment for mums-to-be. Although it may not be as lavish as some of the other private hospitals, the quality of care is not compromised. The nurses will make you feel right at home from the get-go. The admin staff will quickly check you in, and get you registered in a few minutes.

Parkway East Hospital offers comprehensive parentcraft classes, covering everything from breastfeeding to bathing. Feeling too exhausted to join the class? Watch the convenient parentcraft video from the comfort of your own hospital room, on the flatscreen TV!

This hospital is a cost-effective, private option for parents in the East of Singapore.

Quick facts
– Excellent quality care
– Confinement menu caters for dietary restrictions

Normal delivery cost
– One-bed room: $6,165 to $7,548
– Two-bed room: $4,506 to $5,907
– Four-bed room: $4,156 to $5,396

Maternity tour
– Tours are conducted from Monday to Friday at 2.30 pm and Saturday at 10.00 am. Call 6340 8675 to reserve your spot!
Virtual tour

Maternity suites: 1 delivery suite, with 5 delivery rooms

Single room facilities: flat-screen TV, comfortable couch, en-suite bathroom facilities and a maternity menu.

Location: 321 Joo Chiat Pl, 427990

Phone: (+65) 6344 7588

9. Raffles Hospital (RH) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Raffles Hospital (RH) : Maternity service Image: RH

What are so special?
Although RH is not as sleek or new as other hospitals, the excellent amenities, medical support and services make up for it! You may feel like the rooms are quite basic, but they are extremely well-maintained and sanitary.

Medical attention is fantastic here, with high-quality lactation support to improve your breastfeeding techniques. ParentCraft lessons are taught by professionals to assist you in diaper changing, child-bathing and much more. A comprehensive 6-lesson Antenatal course is also provided for couples, to coach them through their pregnancies.

RH also exclusively offers traditional Chinese medical services, which are not generally found in other hospitals. Located on the 2nd floor, this clinic deals with a variety of health issues, such as infertility, gynecology, orthopedics and much more.

Quick facts
– Starbucks, Subway and The Coffee Shop are available for waiting family members.
– $15 dollars a day for parking
– Chinese medical clinic on 2nd floor

Normal delivery cost: $7,601 to $10,157 (one-bed room)

Maternity tour: Stop by at 11.30am on Wednesdays or Mondays at 4pm for a tour (which begins the Business Office at Level 8). No need to register beforehand!

Room facilities: Standard single rooms offer a couch, TV and bar fridge.

Location: 585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770

Phone: (+65) 6311 1111

10. Thomson Medical Centre (TMC) : Maternity service
Private hospital

  • Thomson Medical Centre (TMC) : Maternity service Image: TMC

What are so special?
This hospital is one of the most affordable private hospitals for delivering a baby in Singapore, and one of the most popular.

TMC is carefully renovated to offer that ‘home-away-from-home’ environment for mums-to-be. Stay in a warmly lit, well-equipped room along with one companion, and lean a thing or two from the invaluable support services.

Listen up dads, there are classes here for you too! The Dad’s Enrichment Program will coach you to assist mummy with the newborn.

Quick facts
– Only hospital in Singapore that offers home birth
– Complimentary ‘mummy pampering luggage’ including a kimono, slippers, overnight pads and much more.
– Confinement soup cooked daily to provide you with a boost of nutrients
– Labour water-pool available

Normal delivery cost
– One-bed room: $5,954to $7,957
– Two-bed room: $4,639 to $6,558
– Four-bed room: $4,059 to $5812

Maternity tour
– Tours are offered on Mondays and Fridays at 10am and 2.30pm, Saturdays 10am and 12pm. Reserve your place by calling 6358 0055.
Virtual tours

Single room facilities: a flat-screen TV, couch, en-suite facilities and a living room in some suites

Location: 339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677

Phone: (+65) 6250 2222

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