Friday 28 August 2020

Our Second Child Has Arrived! And the Cost of Natural Delivery in Singapore.

Our son has safely arrived on 6th August 2020! And I only found time to write about it now. Haha.

Initially we were thinking that he might be a National Day baby. But I guess he couldn't wait to meet his papa, mama and jie jie.

Wifey had a comparatively easier time this round. Not that she didn't suffer though.
The water bag leaked at 5 am. We reached hospital at 7+ am and baby came out at 10 am. Relatively fast compared to previous experience where it took 20 over hours.

It was a natural delivery this time and I was with wifey throughout the delivery and witnessed my son's arrival.

Most importantly of course is that both baby and mum are fine.
And coincidentally, our son's lunar birthday is the same as his sister's birthday.
Same as the previous pregnancy, we went to SGH as a private patient seeing Dr Tan Hak Koon.
Being a private patient means that we do not enjoy any subsidy during consultations but we get to see our chosen doctor every time.
Many of our contemporaries went to private hospitals for their pregnancy checks and deliveries.
However we selected SGH as we wanted to be seen by Dr Tan who has many good reviews.
He is highly experienced (if you google his name you will know) and we really have no doubts over his advices.
He is someone who will only say the necessary and do the necessary. He does not prescribe medications or tests if he doesn't deem them useful.
However this is not to say he is not good. In fact we appreciate his style which help us save quite a bit of money.
For those interested, the total bill for our birth journey is as follows.

Pre-delivery consultation visits and tests including Harmony test: $2,345.98 (nett after Medisave claim)

Medications and vitamins: $62.60

Labour (assisted delivery) and hospitalisation charges (B1 ward): $1,850.40 (nett after Medisave claim)

Baby hospitalisation charges: $1,332.01* (nett after Medisave claim)
Net Payment in Cash: $5,590.99
Not sure how does the above actual cost compares to those from the private hospitals but there are plenty of articles out there for further information.
For now we are just glad to welcome the latest member to our family!
And for me, the daily cooking of longan red date tea, washing of bottles, changing of diapers, feeding and bathing of baby goes on.
* Updated amount