Gynae, Gynecologist, OBGYN…whatever your preferred term, we round up top recommended women’s health clinics and gynaes in Singapore
Whether you’re pregnant, need a doctor to do your regular PAP Smear, or are after a specialist to treat a particular condition like fibroids, infertility or ovarian cysts, you are spoiled for choice when it comes to finding yourself a gynae in Singapore.
With our world-class hospitals and outstanding education, Singapore offers some of the highest-quality Obstetrics & Gynaecology (OBGYN) care in the world. But just in case you’re overwhelmed by all the choices, we’ve rounded up a list of gynaes to seek out based off our own personal experiences (we’re all mamas, after all!) and word-of-mouth recommendations from friends.
A few things to keep in mind when searching for your ideal gynae in Singapore:
- What hospitals are they admitted to deliver at? Think about which ones are convenient to where you live. While most of the doctors on this list can deliver at multiple hospitals, they might not make it to you in time for your birth if you deliver somewhere other than near their main clinic.
- Costs: Consider which doctors work with your insurance. Many doctors offer full antenatal packages that cover checkups, scans, and even delivery, but it may work out cheaper to pay on an a la carte basis.
- Would you feel more comfortable with a female doctor? Or are you not fussed? Interestingly, most of the doctors considered most “pro-natural birth” in Singapore are men!
- Ask around about wait times. Doctors at public hospitals tend to have much longer ones (we’re talking hours). In our experience, it’s always best to try to book the first appointment of the day if you can. The nature of OBGYNs, of course, is that they can get called away to deliver a baby at any time, which then throws their appointment schedules into chaos.
- Who is on their support staff? A number of doctors on this list work with midwives who provide an extra layer of care and attention to patients and can be invaluable both during labour and in the postnatal stage.
- Who is their backup partner? If your doctor is away when you give birth, make sure you’re just as comfortable with their alternate.
It is absolutely ok to shop around and find the doctor who you feel is the best fit for you, mama. Be sure to check out our list of questions to ask your OBGYN, and also take the time to educate yourself and have a think about what matters to you with regard to interventions, birth plans, costs and more.
The list below is far from comprehensive, but it’s a great place to start and we’re confident you will find a fabulous gynae from this group of outstanding doctors!
Closest hospital: Mt. Elizabeth Novena (he can also deliver at Thomson Medical Centre)
With over 15 years’ experience, Dr Tan Thiam Chye has delivered more than 5,000 babies in Singapore. Prior to joining O&G, he was Head of Department and Senior Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology and the Urgent O&G Centre at KKH. He is also an Associate Professor of OBGYN at at Duke-NUS Medical School, where he’s won numerous awards as both educator and clinician. The O&G Clinic also offers telemedicine services, so you can skip long wait times and talk to your doctor through real-time video, which is especially useful for post-natal visits.
O&G The Women’s Medical Specialist, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #04-24 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore 329563, Tel: (+65) 6974 4188, www.ogwomensspecialist.com.sg
Closest hospital: Mt. Elizabeth Orchard
One of the most well-known gynaes in Singapore, Dr Ann Tan offers a full suite of OBGYN services, with a special focus on IVF and infertility. She is one of the few OBGYNs in Singapore trained and accredited in both fetal and reproductive medicine, and in fact introduced the First Trimester Pregnancy Screen (OSCAR test) into Singapore in 2003 to give women the opportunity to screen their pregnancies earlier. Dr. Tan also specializes in post-pregnancy recovery, including non-invasive treatments such as Emsella and Emsculpt.
Women Fertility & Fetal Centre, 3 Mount Elizabeth, #11-12 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6734 8188 or WhatsApp (+65) 8318 9757, www.anntan.com.sg
Professor Arjit Biswas
Closest hospital: NUH
Dr Biswas has a reputation as a leading specialist for high-risk pregnancies, especially as relating to twins. He is head of the Maternal-Fetal Medicine division at NUH, and is also the Clinical Director of the department.
Dr TC Chang at Singapore Women’s & Children’s Medical Group
Closest hospital: Thomson Medical Centre and Mount Elizabeth Novena (but he is admitted to deliver at six private hospitals in Singapore)
Patients rave about Dr Chang’s warm demeanor and commitment to supporting a woman’s birth choices. He is a noted specialist in high risk pregnancies and ultrasound assessment, along with gynaecological laparoscopic surgery. Two other big selling points for Dr Chang: he has clinics in two locations (TMC and Mt. E Novena), and has superstar midwife Kiki Porter-Wolff on his staff.
Dr TC Chang, Thomson Medical Centre (Ground Floor), 339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6253 6174
International O & G Associates, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #07-29 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore 329563, Tel: (+65) 6268 4900
Dr Chee Jing Jye
Closest hospital: Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)
“Dr Chee Jing Jye delivered my son 7 years ago and I couldn’t have been happier. She is a highly experienced OBGYN, with more than 15 years of practice. Prior to joining private practice in 2010, Dr. Chee was the Consultant and Head of the Peripartum Unit, Department of Maternal Fetal Medicine, KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital. During her time as Head of the Peripartum Unit, Dr. Chee has overseen the medical management of the KK Hospital Delivery Suite, with over 12,000 deliveries annually. I am a worrier by nature but when it comes to pregnancy it just took another level. So when we arrived in Singapore and found out we were pregnant I wanted to find an OBGYN that I could trust. With her background I knew I would be in good hands. In addition, her calm and sweet personality was the perfect match for me. She accompanied me throughout my pregnancy, reassuring me every step of the way. The delivery went really smoothly and I have recommended her to many of my friends since. Oh, and I never had to wait too long for any appointments!
Dr JJ Chee, 3 Mount Elizabeth, #12-02 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6732 9882, www.drjjcheegynae.com
Dr Chong Yap Seng
Closest hospital: NUH
Renowned for introducing water births at NUH, Dr Chong (often referred to as Professor Chong — he’s also Dean of NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine) has a reputation as one of the most pro-natural birth gynaes in Singapore. We have to say we also love his selection of natty bowties.
“Professor Chong is very popular, and NUH is very busy in general, so expect long wait times (I’m talking hours). However my appointments were never rushed, and Professor Chong was happy to answer all my questions. Professor Chong was very supportive of my birth plan, however my little one arrived very quickly in the early hours of the morning so he didn’t make it to the hospital in time for the birth.”
Dr Choo Wan Ling
Closest hospital: Mount Elizabeth Novena (but she is also able to deliver at Mt. E Orchard, Gleneagles, and Mount Alvernia)
In addition to her popular obstetrics practice (where she’s a huge advocate for natural birth), Dr Choo is well-versed in other gynecological issues such as infections, endometriosis, fertility challenges and ovarian cysts. She also has a special interest in menopausal care and female sexual dysfunction.
“Dr. Choo and her staff are warm, relaxed and friendly, and she is always happy to answer questions and offer down-to-earth advice. Her office was always buzzing with patients (book early in the day or you may have a long wait ahead of you), but I never felt rushed, and always appreciated her personal touch. When I was pregnant with #2 she let my then-3-year-old daughter sit with her to look at the ultrasound; to this day Maggie still compares all doctors against Dr. Choo! She was completely open to my birth plan and respectful of my desire to pursue a natural, drug-free birth.”
Dr Choo Wan Ling, 38 Irrawaddy Road, #10-30 Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Singapore 329563, Tel: (+65) 6262 3060, www.sog.com.sg
Dr Mahesh Choolani
Closest hospital: NUH
Dr Choolani is Head of the Obstetrics & Gynaecology Department at NUH Women’s Centre. Considered one of the top high risk pregnancy doctors in Singapore and also noted for his calm demeanor and support for natural birth, Dr Choolani operates a super popular clinic at NUH (he used to have an office at Mount E Novena but no longer does). Expect lengthy wait times.
Dr Anne Hagarty
Closest hospital: Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)
One of the few Western female gynaes in Singapore, Dr Hagarty trained in Canada and the UK and has over four decades of experience in obstetrics & gynaecology. She specializes in infertility treatment and gynaecological surgery, and is also a trusted pregnancy doctor. Her clinic is conveniently located at Paragon right on Orchard.
Dr Anne Hagarty, Women’s Health Professionals Pte Ltd, 290 Orchard Road, #09-01/02 Paragon Medical Centre, Singapore 238859, Tel: (+65) 6736 0951, www.mountelizabeth.com.sg
Dr Vanaja Kalaichelvan @ NUH
Closest Hospital: NUH
Dr Vanaja has special training in maternal-fetal medicine, including a clinical fellowship in ultrasonograpy at St George’s Hospital, London. In addition to her position at NUH’s Antenatal Diagnostic Centre and teaching responsibilities, she also jointly runs its O&G Diabetic Clinic.
“Dr Vanaja made every appointment very comfortable. As a first-time mama I was clueless a lot of the time, but she was helpful in explaining anything I had questions on. She didn’t impose anything on me that I wasn’t open to, and she was very respectful of my plan for a natural delivery without pain relief. Since she was at her other clinic in Jurong, she was absent during a portion of my active labour period but came just in time to deliver the baby. I’m very happy with her service overall! However, due to her popularity I usually had to wait some time before seeing her for my appointments (at times it took up to half a day of waiting).”
Dr Freda Khoo
Closest hospital: Thomson Medical Centre (she is also credentialed to practice at a number of other hospitals, including Mount Elizabeth, Gleneagles, Parkway East and Mount Alvernia).
A mother of three herself, Dr Khoo is committed to the belief that every woman deserves quality and dedicated women’s healthcare throughout her life, from puberty til menopause and beyond.
“I started out seeing Dr Freda Khoo at KKH and she saw me through my pregnancy till the birth of my second baby, and my husband and I had a wonderful experience with her. Dr Khoo doesn’t just talk to you like a doctor and an expert – she really gets to “friend level.” That’s how much she shows she cares: it feels like she’s taken personal interest in you, your family and your well-being. When Dr. Khoo left to start her own practice at Thomson Medical Centre, as much of a fan of KKH as I was, I went along with her! Dr. Khoo really listens to her patients and if anything, her soothing voice alone will calm your nerves in any situation.”
Freda Khoo Clinic, 339 Thomson Road, #06-05B Thomson Medical Centre, Millennial Wing Lift Lobby C, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6259 6964, www.fredakhooclinic.com
Dr Lai Fon Min at A Company for Women
Closest hospital: Gleneagles
Due to his non-interventionist, true-to-mama’s-wishes delivery style, Dr Lai is very popular (and pricey, too). Rumour has it that he’s got the lowest c-section rate in town and that he doesn’t do episiotomies (hallelujah we say!). He’s also the only gynae in Singapore who might even consider home births, which is far from a given these days, and has a good relationship with many doulas. Dr Lai specialises in high-risk pregnancies, is frequently sought out to help mamas safely deliver breech babies, and welcomes patients who wish to go for VBAC.
Dr Lai Fon Min, 1 Orchard Boulevard, #03-05/06 Camden Medical Centre, Singapore 248649, Tel: (+65) 6333 6181, www.acompanyforwomen.com.sg
Dr Kelly Loi
Closest hospital: Mount Elizabeth (Orchard)
A mother of three with a special focus on fertility treatment, IVF and surgery in addition to antenatal and obstetrics care, Dr Loi was educated in the UK and did further training at some of the top hospitals in the United States. She is incredibly patient and kind, and has a beautiful office with state-of-the-art facilities conveniently located on Orchard. As with many of the most popular docs, it’s best to book early appointments to avoid long wait times.
Dr Kelly Loi, Health & Fertility Centre for Women, 3 Mount Elizabeth, #15-16 Mount Elizabeth Medical Centre, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6235 5066, www.healthfertility.com.sg
Dr Jasmine Mohd
Closest hospital: Thomson Medical Centre (She also has admitting rights at Mount Alvernia, Gleneagles, and Mount Elizabeth Hospitals)
In addition to Obstetrics and antenatal medicine, Dr Jasmine’s sub-specialty is in advanced laparoscopy (keyhole surgery), hysteroscopy and robotic surgery, and she previously served as Consultant Colposcopist in the Gynaecological Cancer Centre at KKH. She is fully supportive of natural birth and breastfeeding, and has even been certified in hypnotherapy techniques. She is currently serving as Vice President of Singapore’s College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists.
“I started seeing Dr Jasmine Mohd at Thomson Medical Centre from my second trimester onwards. As a first time mom, I really liked that she explained what’s next and what-to-expect to me, as it reduced my anxiety of not knowing what’s to come for labour. She gave useful advice and tips on birth preparation and also respected my wish for a natural birth. Check-up sessions were always a breeze — I didn’t have to wait for long hours. She was very responsive during my panic call in the wee hours before labour. Post labour, her stitches were clean and I healed well.”
Dr Jasmine Mohd, 339 Thomson Road, #01-01 Thomson Medical Centre, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6253 4122, www.wcca.com.sg
Dr Tony Tan
Closest hospital: Mount Alvernia (He is admitted to deliver at all private hospitals in Singapore, though)
Along with Drs. Biswas, Chang and Choolani, Dr Tan is another name that frequently comes up when discussing top doctors for high-risk pregnancies, including twins/multiples, second opinions, genetic disorders and abnormal ultrasound scans. Of course he also treats low-risk pregnant women, as well as other gynaecological conditions such as fibroids, endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and more). Dr Tan personally screens foetuses in every trimester, and has a full team of medical specialists in his clinic, including a midwife and Consultant Anaesthetist.
Dr Tony Tan, 820 Thomson Road, Mount Alvernia Hospital, #07-66 Medical Centre D, Singapore 574623, Tel: (+65) 6972 4498 or WhatsApp (+65) 8622 3850 for appointments, www.drtonytan.com
Dr Paul Tseng
Closest hospital: Thomson Medical Centre
Sought out by natural birthing mamas, Dr Tseng draws raves for his kind and gentle bedside manner, and can be counted on to follow your birth plan as far as he possibly can. We hear he’s particularly great for Singapore ladies seeking VBACs, and gives mamas the option to skip scans during appointments if they don’t feel one is strictly necessary. Click here to read two birth stories from mamas who gave birth with Dr Tseng (Tricia and Pooja).
Dr Paul Tseng, TLC Gynaecology Practice, 339 Thomson Road, #03-02 Thomson Medical Centre, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6254 2878, www.thomsonmedical.com/doctor/dr-paul-tseng
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