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Giving Birth in Singapore: Bill Costs, Maternity Packages, Public vs. Private Maternity Hospitals & More!

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There’s plenty to think about if you’re planning on having a baby. We round up the costs of giving birth in Singapore, public and private maternity hospital packages and more!

Congratulations on the good news, mama! For many women, pregnancy is one of the happiest times of their lives, but giving birth in Singapore also comes with a plethora of decisions you’ll need to make. You’ll need to think about hiring a doula, deciding if you want a water birth or home birth, or choosing the right hospital for you if you’re opting for a hospital birth.The latter is typically driven by your choice of OB-GYN, and while maternity care in Singapore has a very high international standards, the hospital you choose can have significantly different costs. As such, you should carefully consider the various costs, maternity packages and types of services and offerings many public and private hospitals in Singapore have.

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Estimate the Cost of Giving Birth in Singapore
Deciding Between Public and Private Hospitals in Singapore
Best Public Hospitals to Give Birth in Singapore
Best Private Hospitals to Give Birth in Singapore

Giving Birth in Singapore - MOH Online Bill Estimator

How to Estimate the Cost of Giving Birth in Singapore

Hospital rates may vary depending on what you need, and often, it can be frustrating if you don’t have easy access to this information. One solution to getting an estimate is the MOH Bill Estimator function, which allows you to search for the expected cost of a hospital stay depending on your needs. To get started, scroll to the bottom of the page, and key in the word ‘birth’ in the search box. This will display several different options (normal birth, assisted birth, C-section, etc). Click on the option you’re interested in and the estimator will display a cost benchmark for your reference. And while these estimates are always handy when you’re trying to decide what’s best for you when giving birth in Singapore, it’s also important to remember that the actual bill size may vary depending on the type of treatment required, pre-existing medical conditions, the type of maternity packages you choose and the length of your stay.

Deciding Between Public and Private Hospitals in Singapore

Pros & cons of giving birth at public hospitals in Singapore

Pros:

  • Lower cost – you can also opt to be a private patient at a public hospital to access better grades of room and choose your OB-GYN
  • You are right where you need to be if something goes wrong in labour or after birth
  • You are more likely to have a midwife-led birth if this is what you want
  • NUH, in particular, is at the forefront of the natural birth movement in Singapore

Cons:

  • Admin and wait times tend to be longer
  • Stricter visiting hours
  • Unlike private hospitals which will help to process insurance claims, with public hospitals you’ll have to handle the paperwork yourself
  • You might need to wait longer for pain relief

Pros & cons of giving birth at private hospitals in Singapore

Pros:

  • Smoother check-in and billing
  • More luxurious surroundings and private rooms on demand
  • Less time pressure as they’re not trying to process as many people
  • Guaranteed OB-GYN of choice
  • Amusing perks like cocktail parties, head massages and parking spots!
  • The cost difference between public and private is sometimes not as large as you might expect

Cons:

  • More expensive
  • If there is an emergency you might need to get you or your baby transferred to a public hospital with a larger NICU or more specialist expertise
  • More OB-GYN led, slightly less active midwife support

Top Tip on Reading Maternity Hospital Reviews

If you’d like the most up-to-date reviews of maternity hospitals in Singapore, we highly recommend joining a parenting Facebook group and typing the name of the hospital in posts – these are often filled with comments of fellow mamas detailing their experience at the hospital, their preferred OBGYN and how their labour went.

Best Public Hospitals to Give Birth in Singapore

NUH

National University Hospital (NUH)

The Scoop: NUH is the medical teaching facility of NUS, and specialises in high-risk obstetrics. This hospital provides the most comprehensive care for at-risk infants with their cardiology, ICU, neonatal care and pediatric surgery departments all under one roof. This makes NUH the choice for mamas of multiples or tricky pregnancies in Singapore. As well as medical excellence, NUH has what is probably the most progressive attitude towards natural birth, supported by their unique Emma Care system, which means that midwives handle normal labours as far as possible without intervention. NUH allows water births (currently on hold due to the pandemic) and offers aromatherapy and doula pressure as a pain relief system.
What Sassy Mamas say: “I delivered both my babies at NUH, as drug-free water births with Prof. Chong. I rate NUH highly. They are one of the more progressive hospitals when it comes to maternity care. Excellent facilities, are happy to facilitate immediate skin-to-skin, breastfeeding, rooming in, etc.,” says Kirsten.
See for yourself: Tours are held every Monday at 3pm. Call to register and pre-book; tours are limited to 10 couples at a time.
Cost: Draw up an estimate using the MOH Bill Estimator, or look through the itemised billable items here. Alternatively, call the hospital and they will arrange for someone to speak with you.
National University Hospital (NUH), 5 Lower Kent Ridge Road, Singapore, 119074Tel: (+65) 6772 2002, www.nuh.com.sg

Singapore General Hospital

The Scoop: A reliable choice without many of the bells and whistles of the other options in the little red dot. They also have a confinement menu, and are very supportive when it comes to skin-on-skin, breastfeeding and after-care support. This is a busy public hospital where you may not be able to get your room of choice.
What Sassy Mamas say: I was admitted for 5 days at SGH when I delivered my bub. While the maternity ward rooms were old, they were comfortable and cosy. The nurses were helpful, offering advice on breastfeeding and assisting me by hand-expressing colostrum for my newborn, who was in the NICU for observation. The food was appetising and I found myself looking forward to when meals were served. The aftercare was amazing with nurses calling me every two days to find out if I had any issues breastfeeding or if I was going through any baby blues. We loved feeling like part of a big family from when we went for our prenatal check ups to when we left with our baby,” says Jasmine.
See for yourself:
Labour ward tours are held on Monday to Friday at 11:30am and 3pm and are also included as part of antenatal classes at SGH. If you haven’t signed up for these classes, you can still tour the facilities on the day of your consultation with your OB-GYN. No advanced booking is allowed. Alternatively, you can also opt for a virtual tour of the labour wards.
Cost: From $1,054 for normal deliveries; from $1,495 for C-section. Click here for a detailed breakdown.
Singapore General Hospital, Outram Road, Singapore 169608, Tel: (+65) 6326 5923, www.sgh.com.sg

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

The Scoop: If anything (God forbid) goes wrong when baby arrives, you’d want to be at KKH, the largest public hospital in Singapore. They deliver 30-35 babies each day (so they’re kinda the pros), but that can also make for a bit of a wham, bam, thank you ma’am experience. With a dedicated perinatal team always on standby, there’s no waiting around for an emergency c-section if needed, and the 28 private delivery rooms have all the mod cons you’d expect. Lactation consultants are on hand to dispense advice.
What Sassy Mamas say: I’ve always been sure I wanted to deliver at KKH. It just made me feel safe to know that this was the best equipped hospital in Singapore to deliver babies. I was very comfortable in my room, and most importantly, my wishes for direct skin-to-skin, immediate breastfeeding, and rooming-in with baby were accommodated without question. A bonus were lactation consultants who helped me with the first few days of breastfeeding in their jolly “aunty-like” manner!” says Nadia.
See for yourself: Take a virtual tour of a delivery suite.
Cost: KKH has its own handy bill estimator function, but the actual bill may vary.
KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital, 100 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 229899, Tel: (+65) 6225 5554, www.kkh.com.sg

Best Private Hospitals to Give Birth in Singapore

gleneagles

Gleneagles Singapore

The Scoop: Gleneagles provides a special confinement-food menu created in partnership with TCM professionals from Eu Yan Sang. Parentcraft classes are available and are run by midwives and lactation consultants. All rooms have Wi-Fi, TV, toiletries, slippers and towels provided. If you’re after the VIP treatment at Gleneagles, upgrade to a Superior Room Package (or one of their amazing suites) and receive a 15-minute complimentary head and shoulder massage, metabolic and hearing screening, as well as a range of blood tests for your baby, a celebratory cocktail party and a limousine ride home with your new arrival.
What Sassy Mamas say: “Overall I had a great experience at Gleneagles. Pre-registration and check-in went smoothly; my room was brand new, clean, and bright; the food was surprisingly tasty; and my post-birth aftercare was outstanding, from the nurses who came by to unobtrusively check in on the baby and me, to the lactation consultant who gave me a shoulder massage and breastfeeding tips. I had some hits and misses with the nursing staff in the labour ward, but the delivery team that attended to me when push came to shove (uh, literally) was fantastic. They also completely followed my birth plan (immediate skin-to-skin, baby stayed with me throughout, no pacifier, etc.), which I really appreciated,” says Kate.
See for yourself: Call (+65) 6470 5615 or click here to book a maternity tour
Cost: Maternity packages start from $3,946. Click here for a detailed breakdown of services for each package.
Gleneagles Singapore, 6A Napier Road, Singapore, 258500, Tel: (+65) +65 6473 7222, www.gleneagles.com.sg

mountelizabeth

Mount Elizabeth Hospital Orchard

The Scoop: Mount E’s location next to Paragon on Orchard Road sets the luxury standard for this hospital, and you’ll never have to eat the hospital food if hubby can be persuaded to grab some yummies from there! Single rooms come with all mod cons like flat screen TV and Wi-Fi, and like Gleneagles, traditional confinement food is available to help you keep your strength up post-birth. Some fun extra perks are a parking space for one vehicle from date of baby’s birth, welcome longan or ginger tea, and a mother and baby gift set. If you want to seriously push the boat out, upgrade to the fabulous Daffodil or Magnolia Suites. Mount E’s particular strength is the ease of checking in and dealing with admin, so at least while they’re taking all your money they do it efficiently and with a smile.
What Sassy Mamas say: “I was very happy with Mount Elizabeth. From check-in to checkout the process was very easy. My little one arrived 4 weeks early and I had not registered or completed any hospital paperwork. They managed that with no issues and were very accommodating. Due to the early arrival my husband was unfortunately out of town. The nursing staff went above and beyond to be my support network while there. The head nurse even held my hand during the delivery and talked me through it!”says Kristin K.
See for yourself: Click here to book a maternity tour
Cost: Packages from $3,998. Click here for a detailed breakdown of services for each package.
Mount Elizabeth Hospital Orchard, 3 Mount Elizabeth, Singapore 228510, Tel: (+65) 6250 0000, www.mountelizabeth.com.sg

mountnovena

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

The Scoop: This maternity ward boasts a single-room-only setup, so you’re guaranteed your privacy. You’ll get all the fab added extras of Mount Elizabeth Orchard (see above), and if you upgrade to a Junior Suite, you can enjoy relaxing on your outdoor terrace or entertain family members in your suite’s living room.
What Sassy Mamas say: “The nurses and midwives are fantastic. Supportive and ever so kind and patient. I really appreciate the care I got during and after my natural delivery. Baby and I had skin to skin immediately after birth and they didn’t rush at all to get her cleaned up. The nurses were very attentive,” says Christy.
See for yourself: Click here to book a maternity tour
Cost: Packages from $4,083. Click here for a detailed breakdown of services for each package.
Mount Elizabeth Novena, 38 Irrawaddy Road, Singapore 329563Tel: (+65) 6250 0000, www.mountelizabeth.com.sg

parkwayeast

Parkway East Hospital

The Scoop: Small and cosy, East Coast mamas will want to check out this option before considering schlepping elsewhere. Run by the same group as Gleneagles and Mount E, Parkway doesn’t have quite as many extra plushy perks as those other hospitals, but the rooms are newly renovated and the care is excellent.
What Sassy Mamas say: “We moved to the East Coast before my daughter was born, so we decided to try out Parkway East, which was just down the street from our home. It is a small hospital with just a handful of maternity rooms and no fancy suites, but it has been recently renovated and we were pleasantly surprised by how nice it was! Completing the registration and paperwork was easy and the admin team was friendly and helpful. Overall the nurses were easy to work with and the quality of care was excellent. They listened to our requests and made sure we were as comfortable as possible during labour and recovery. The food was admittedly not great so we usually brought our own or ran downstairs to Delifrance. If I had a third child, I’d definitely go back to Parkway East,” says Kristin B.
See for yourself: Tours are conducted on weekdays at 2:30pm or Saturdays at 10am. Bookings can be made online.
Cost: from $255. Click here for a detailed breakdown of prices and inclusive services.
Parkway East Hospital, 321 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427990, Tel: (+65) 6377 3737, www.parkwayeast.com.sg

Mount Alvernia Hospital

The Scoop: Mount Alvernia has a reputation for being very pro-breastfeeding and offering lots of support in this area, as well as being excellent for skin-to-skin. Their strict rules might raise some eyebrows (only one person is allowed in delivery room), but there is a fair amount of wiggle room if you’re prepared to negotiate.
What Sassy Mamas say: “I was at Mount Alvernia and found the nurses warm and caring, and the lactation consultant was very encouraging and really helped me on my breastfeeding journey,” says Parul.
See for yourself: Click here to book a maternity tour
Cost: From $2,332.60. Click here for a list of prices.
Mount Alvernia Hospital, 820 Thomson Road, Singapore 574623, Tel: (+65) 6347 6688, www.mtalvernia.sg

thompsonmedical

Thomson Medical Centre

The Scoop: Mixed reviews reign when it comes to feedback on Thomson Medical Centre – some people loved their experiences, others were not fans. The lactation consultant service in particular seems to need some improvement. If you’re bringing in your own doula and expecting a very natural birth, you’re likely to find success here. Special confinement foods are offered on the menu.
What Sassy Mamas say: “I chose Thomson because it was small. Everything you need from doctors and bloodwork, to food and pharmacy is convenient and close by when you need it. I also loved that the nurses at Thomson left us to bond with our baby for a long time. Those quiet moments with our new little one were absolute bliss!” says Jennifer.
See for yourself: Click here to book a maternity tour
Cost: From $588.50 (not including doctor’s fees, nursery charges etc). Click here for a detailed breakdown of birth costs.
Thomson Medical Centre, 339 Thomson Road, Singapore 307677, Tel: (+65) 6250 2222, www.thomsonmedical.com

raffles

Raffles Hospital

The Scoop: Raffles only work with their own doctors (this includes paediatricians), and their doctors don’t practise elsewhere. We hear rave reviews for head lactation consultant Helen who is a whizz with helping to get your breastfeeding journey started.
What Sassy Mamas say: “Rooms are always clean, food was tasty by hospital standards and the staff are great. Request a room not right next to the nursing station if possible as it gets a little noisy,” suggests Mariana.
See for yourself: Tours are conducted thrice weekly – Mondays (4pm), Wednesdays (11:30am) and Saturdays (2:30pm). Pre-booking isn’t necessary, and you can join in by arriving a few minutes earlier at the Business Centre at Level 8.
Cost: From $7,000. Click here for a breakdown of birth costs.
Raffles Hospital, 585 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188770, Tel: (+65) 6311 1111, www.rafflesmedicalgroup.com

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