Which hospital to give birth in Singapore (INFOGRAPHIC)

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Congratulations on your pregnancy! To help you on this new and exciting journey, we have created a guide on navigating the numerous hospital choices in Singapore to deliver in.

When you find out you are pregnant, one of the biggest decisions you will grapple with is where to give birth in Singapore? You will find yourself wondering if you should go private or restructured (public sector hospital)?  How much does the whole thing cost? Which are the most popular hospitals for maternity and what makes them different.

To help your decision making process of where to give birth in Singapore, we have created an infographic and detailed post reviewing each maternity hospital. Page 4 of this article has a table which summarizes our findings.

Good luck with your decision and do share your personal reviews of your hospital in the comment box below. 

Where to give birth in Singapore?

Where To Give Birth In Singapore (infographic)

Private or Public hospital?

In general, healthcare in Singapore, whether private or public sector hospitals is reliable, safe and typically high quality. We have the lowest infant mortality rate in the world and second lowest maternal mortality rate.

Benefits of public sector hospital:

One of the biggest benefits of having a baby in a public hospital is that the medical care and attention is available at a much lower price than that on offer in private hospitals, especially if you are a Singaporean citizen. Budget and safe place to give birth in Singapore.

Another benefit is the fact that you are right where you need to be incase something goes wrong. Some of the smaller private hospitals in Singapore are not equipped to deal with complicated deliveries and birth problems.

Why not go public sector?

On the flip side, however, wait times may be longer, visiting hours are stricter and the pampering facilities on offer for mum and baby may not be as comfortable as those available in private hospitals.

Also, if insurance is covering your medical, then price considerations matter less, so you might opt to go for a private hospital.

Whichever route you decide to go, here’s the lowdown on where you can give birth in Singapore.

Public sector hospitals

There are 3 public sector hospitals which offer maternity services in Singapore. We have not ranked the hospitals as there is no one right metric that you can use to judge how good a hospital is for you. However, when choosing between the hospitals, do consider the following factors.

1. Price of delivery. In our analysis, we looked at both the 50th percentile bill size and 90th percentile bill size of a natural delivery in an A ward. 50th percentile bill size means 50% of patients paid this amount or less, and 50% paid more. 90th percentile bill size means 90% of patients paid this amount or less, and 10% paid more. This figure provides an estimate of the upper range of bill sizes.

2. Number of deliveries done in the last year.

3. Number of C-section deliveries. The World Health Organization recommends that the C-section rate should not be higher than 10% to 15%. However, do keep in mind that the “need for caesarean section at each hospital can vary dramatically depending of the type of population served by the hospital. For example, larger hospitals tend to receive referrals of most complicated pregnancies or deliveries which in turn, may need more caesarean sections.”

1. Singapore General Hospital (SGH)

Outram Road, Singapore 169608
Tel: (+65) 6222 3322

Out of the three restructured maternity hospitals in Singapore, SGH sees the least amount of deliveries yearly, however it is also the most cost-effective*. From the period of 1 Jul 2014 to 30 Jun 2015, SGH saw 1,436 deliveries, of which 72.4% were natural deliveries and 27.6% C-section deliveries. The average length of stay for an A class ward was 2.5 days for a natural delivery and 4.1 days for a C-section.

Facilities at delivery room:

Newly renovated delivery suites featuring a wall encased with dry flora and fauna. Fits the bill to give birth in Singapore.

Confinement menu: 

SGH Confinement menu

To book a guided tour:

Labour ward tours are held on Monday to Friday at 11.30am and 3pm and are included as part of antenatal classes at SGH.  Do note that the tour is subjected to availability of beds on the day of the tour; no advanced booking is allowed. Call (65) 6326 5923 for more information.

50th Percentile bill size:

$3,702* (Ward A)

90th Percentile bill size: 

$5,646* (Ward A)

Real mum shares:

“I chose to deliver here because it is located near my house and the waiting time is not as bad as KKH. The OB I chose was great and accommodating to my birth plan. The nurses were also extremely caring. I am overall very happy with my choice. The hospital is definitely reliable and very supportive of breastfeeding and skin to skin contact. However, if you are looking for pampering and bells and whistles, then I don’t think that SGH is the right maternity hospital.”

2. KK Women and Children’s Hospital (KKH)

100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899
Tel: (+65) 6225 5554

KK Hospital delivery suite

KK Hospital delivery suite

KKH is such a popular choice for many, that it had 10,448 babies born here in the last one year, of which 29% were for C-sections. That’s over 7 times more babies delivered than SGH and also makes KKH Singapore’s most popular maternity hospital.The average length of stay for an A class ward was 2.5 days for a natural delivery and 3.4 days for a C-section.

One of the reasons for its popularity is because it is known for high risk and complicated pregnancies referred from other hospitals locally and abroad. KKH is also the only dedicated women’s and children’s restructured hospital in Singapore. This means that the perinatal team is on 24-hour standby with facilities and capabilities for immediate emergency Caesarean Section delivery.

Facilities at delivery room:

28 private delivery rooms. Each room comes with a single bed, attached bathroom with shower facilities, couch-bed for accompanying spouse/parent at no extra cost, and a telephone to keep anxious family members updated on the baby’s arrival.

Virtual tour:

http://www.kkh.com.sg/VirtualTour/Documents/virtual-tour.html?s=pano371

To book a guided tour:

Tours are held every Friday at 11am. Call (65) 6294 4050 to make a booking.

50th Percentile bill size:

$4,470*

90th Percentile bill size: 

$5,694*

Real mum shares:

“I had a high risk pregnancy, so I decided to not risk it, and deliver at KKH. KKH is the best place to give birth if you baby might need NICU or have complications that will need blood transfusions for example. The only down side of KKH is the long waiting times.”

3. National University Hospital

5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore, 119074
Tel: (+65) 6772 2255

NUH Delivery room

NUH delivery rooms

In the last year, NUH has delivered 3,229 babies, of which 27% were for C-sections. This makes it the lowest rate for C-section in a restructured hospital. The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.5 days and C-section is 3.5 days.

NUH was also the first hospital in Singapore to have a water birth suite, and to have support groups for mental health and breastfeeding.  NUH also has a dedicated Fetal Care Centre which provides screening, diagnosis, counselling and management of foetal abnormalities during pregnancy.

In addition, NUH is one of the few hospitals in Asia that offer STAN analysis in their delivery suite. STAN is a unique foetal monitor that combines changes in the foetal ECG (foetal heart tracing) and the conventional CTG (the standardised heart monitors in most units); it helps to accurately detect foetus that lack oxygen and identify babies that require immediate delivery. In addition, STAN also provides reassurance when no intervention is required.

Facilities at delivery room:

8 delivery suite rooms (1 deluxe delivery suite with Water Birth Facilities). Each room comes with a single bed,attractively decorated in pastel shades, attached bathroom with shower facilities, a comfortable reclining sofa for accompanying spouse/parent, a television and a telephone to keep anxious family members updated on the baby’s arrival. Patients can also opt for aromatherapy soothing at NUH. Perfect reason to select this hospital to give birth in Singapore.

To book a guided tour:

Call  (65) 6772 2255 / 2277. Tours are held on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month. Each tour is limited to 10 couples, so do call before hand to pre-book.

50th Percentile bill size:

$4,717* (Ward A).

90th Percentile bill size: 

$6323*

Real mum shares:

“I knew I was going to deliver at NUH as I wanted to have a water birth. The whole experience was nothing short of amazing and I highly recommend NUH as a choice maternity hospital. Nurses were amazing when it came to taking care of my needs and breastfeeding. They were also very supportive with regards to skin to skin contact and kangaroo care. Another great thing about NUH is the fact that parents can access the NICU 24 hours a day. Not all hospitals allow that, so if you are having a high risk pregnancy, do consider that factor.”

To Summarise:

Hospital Total Deliveries C-section 50% price (Natural) 90% price (Natural) 50% price (C-section) 90% price (C-section)
SGH 1,436 27.6% $ 3,702 $ 5,646 $ 7,492 $ 9,192
KKH 10,448 29.0% $ 4,470 $ 5,694 $ 7,652 $ 9,871
NUH 3,229 27.0% $ 4,717 $ 6,323 $ 7,199 $ 8,759


Private hospitals

1. Parkway East (Formerly East Shore Hospital)

321 Joo Chiat Pl, 427990
Tel: (+65) 6344 7588

parkway east delivery suite

Parkway east delivery suite

Parkway East delivered 1,561 babies in the last year, with an average C-section rate of 25%. The average length of stay of 2.1 days for a natural delivery and 3.1 days for a C-section delivery in a private 1 bedded room. It is the most cost-effective private hospital on the list.

The hospital was started in the 1930s as the Paglar Maternity and Nursing Home, having been founded by Dr Paglar, a Eurasian general practitioner. Recently renovated to have a resort like feel, coupled with the warmth care provided by staff, it is no wonder that Parkway East is tops among the people living in the East part of the island. Another good option give birth in Singapore.

Facilities at delivery room:

1 Delivery Suite with 5 delivery rooms and a 2-bed first stage room

Virtual tour:

http://www.parkwayeast.com.sg/virtualtour/peh/home/single-room.html

To book a guided tour:

Tours are available from Monday to Friday at 2.30 pm and Saturday at 10.00 am. Call 6340 8675 or 6377 3737 (24-hour Patient Assistance Hotline) to book your spot.

50th Percentile bill size:

$5,796*

90th Percentile bill size:

$6,979*

Real mum shares:

“I live in East Coast and it seemed that I had a low risk pregnancy, so I decided to go with Parkway East as it was as affordable as a public hospital, but I get the perks of being in a private hospital. The doctors were good and nurses were supportive. Registration was a breeze.”

2. Thomson Medical Centre

339 Thomson Rd, Singapore 307677.
Tel: (+65) 62502222
 
Delivery-Suitethomson

Delivery suite at Thomson Medical Centre

In the last one year, Thomson Medical Centre (TMC) delivered 7,919 babies, of which 34.4% were by C-section. This makes it the top choice private hospital for mums-to-be and second choice if we include all the public hospitals. The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.3 days at Thomson and 3.1 for C-section. Thomson is also the only hospital in Singapore that offers home birth service. For those who would like to give birth in Singapore at home!

Facilities at delivery room:

TMC has a beautifully decorated delivery room. Delivery suits are specially designed to create a home-away-from –home for the patients. Warmly lit and comfortable, the delivery suite is well-equipped, so you can welcome your baby in a safe and stress-free environment. There is a labour pool available.

Virtual tour:

http://www.thomsonmedical.com/virtualtour/index.html

To book a guided tour:

Tours are available from Monday to Friday at 2.30 pm and Saturday at 10.00 am. Call 6340 8675 or 6377 3737 (24-hour Patient Assistance Hotline) to book your spot. Visit and then decide before you give birth in Singapore.

50th Percentile bill size:

$6,022*

90th Percentile bill size:

$8,059*

Real mum shares:

“The nurses are helpful, the food delicious and the rooms clean. Also my son had to stay in the NICU there for 3 weeks and the nurses in the NICU were angels! My only complaint was that the lactation consultant was not as great and you don’t get the bells and whistles of some of the other private hospitals.”

3. Mount Alvernia Hospital

820 Thomson Road, Singapore 574623
Tel: (+65) 6347 6688

Mount Alvernia saw 6,045 deliveries in the last one year, with a C-section rate of 39%. The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.4 days and C-section is 3.2 days at Mount Alvernia.

Facilities at delivery room:

This private hospital not only has spacious and comfortable rooms but also comes equipped with a labour pool. The breastfeeding supportive atmosphere is still a favourite with many. This might be one of the reason for you to choose this hospital to give birth in Singapore.

Virtual tour: 

https://www.mtalvernia-hospital.org/virtual-tour/

To book a guided tour:

2.30pm (Mondays to Fridays), 10am & 12pm (Saturdays). Pre-registration is required and tours have to be booked one month in advance.

50th Percentile bill size:

$6,551*

90th Percentile bill size:

$8,413

Real mum shares:

“I heard that Mount Alvernia was extremely breastfeeding and natural birth-friendly. I had a good experience overall, but the rules are very strict with regards to visiting hours and who can accompany you in the labour room.”

4. Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital
38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563
Tel: (+65) 6250 0000

mount elizabeth novena

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital’s delivery ward

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital saw 982 deliveries in the last one year, with a c-section rate of 35%. The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.4 days.

Virtual tour: 

http://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/virtualtour/meh/novena/index.html

To book a guided tour:

Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2pm. Contact +65 6933 0900 to make a booking for a guided maternity tour.

50th Percentile bill size:

$6,823*

90th Percentile bill size:

$8,880*

Real mum shares:

“Mount Elizabeth Novena catered to our every request. It was like staying in a five-star hotel.”

5. Raffles Hospital

585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770
Tel: (+65) 6311 1111

raffles hospital delivery

Raffles hospital delivery

 

Raffles Hospital in Singapore saw 871 natural deliveries in the last year with 29% c-section rate.The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.2 days and 3.3 days for C-section. Full water birth facilities are also provided at Raffles Hospital.

Virtual tour: 

http://www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com/hospital/patients-visitors/visitors/virtual-tours

To book a guided tour:

Guided tours are conducted every Monday at 4pm and every Wednesday at 11.30am. You can proceed to the Business Office at Level 8 about 5 minutes before any of these times. Have a look and then decide if you want to select this hospital to give birth in Singapore.

50th Percentile bill size:

$8,287*

90th Percentile bill size:

$11,161*

Real mum shares:

“Hospital itself was lovely, clean and comfortable. Service, food and nurses are great, they respected my wishes for immediate skin to skin, no interventions and room-in. The lactation consultant was brilliant.”

6. Gleneagles Hospital

6A Napier Road, Singapore, 258500
Tel: (+65) 6575 7575

Where to give birth in singapore

The Executive Suite at Gleneagles Hospital

Gleneagles in Singapore saw 1,776 deliveries in the last year with a 39% c-section rate.The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.2 days and 3.3 days for C-section.

The hospital has ten delivery suites, first stage room with four beds. Each delivery suite has a TV, radio, telephone and recliner chair for the accompanying husband. Best set-up to give birth in Singapore.

Virtual tour: 

http://www.gleneagles.com.sg/virtualtour/GEH/Tour/gleneagles_suite.html

To book a guided tour:

Take a tour of the maternity facilities on weekdays or Saturdays

50th Percentile bill size:

$8,483*

90th Percentile bill size:

$11,541*

Real mum shares:

“I had a great experience at Gleneagles. This hospital works well with doulas and the nurses are helpful and respond quickly to calls.”.

7. Mount Elizabeth Hospital

3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510
Tel: (+65) 6250 0000

Where to give birth in Singapore

The Single-Bedded Room at Mt Elizabeth Hospital

Mount Elizabeth saw 1,581  deliveries in the last year of which 38.5% were through c-section. The average length of stay for natural delivery is 2.5 days and 3.4 for c-section.

Facilities: 

Spacious, luxurious, comfortable and located right next to a shopping mall – you don’t get better in Singapore. That said this private hospital is also the most expensive hospital to give birth in Singapore.

Virtual tour: 

http://www.mountelizabeth.com.sg/virtualtour/meh/orchard/single-room.html

To book a guided tour:

Call 6731 2000 to register for a guided maternity tour.

50th Percentile bill size:

$8,605*

90th Percentile bill size:

$12,096

Real mum shares:

“This was simply luxurious way to give birth. We were given a parking space for one vehicle from date of baby’s birth, welcome longan or ginger tea, and a mother and baby gift set. From check-in to checkout the process was very easy.”

Summary table

Hospital Total Deliveries C-section 50% price (Natural) 90% price (Natural) 50% price (C-section) 90% price (C-section)
SGH 1,436 27.6% $ 3,702 $ 5,646 $ 7,492 $ 9,192
KKH 10,448 29.0% $ 4,470 $ 5,694 $ 7,652 $ 9,871
NUH 3,229 27.0% $ 4,717 $ 6,323 $ 7,199 $ 8,759
Parkway East 1,561 25.0% $5,796 $6,979 $ 9,898 $ 11,876
TMC 7,919 34.5% $6,022 $8,059 $ 8,889 $ 12,019
MAH 6,045 39.0% $6,551 $8,413 $ 9,572 $ 11,705
MENH 982 35.0% $ 6,823 $ 8,880 $ 10,728 $ 15,480
Raffles 617 29.0% $ 8,287 $ 11,161 $ 13,547 $ 18,423
GEH 1,776 39.0% $8,483 $11,541 $ 13,637 $ 18,720
MEH 1,581 38.5% $ 8,605 $ 12,096 $ 13,054 $ 18,203

* Bills size provided from Ministry of Health. Prices are based on the single ward, normal delivery charges for the 50th percentile and 90th percentile. Prices are indicative of time of publishing (June 2015). All rates are subject to revision without notice. Charges are not inclusive of 7% GST unless stated otherwise.

This list pretty much summarises the top hospitals that help you decide where to give birth in Singapore. We wish you love and luck!

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