For those of you who don’t know, there are “private hospitals” and “public hospitals” in Hong Kong.
Just don’t put down a deposit for the Public hospital. That is the biggest motivation to go Public.
Once I committed myself physical and mentally to the Public Health Care system, I started noticing all the good things about it.
I went to my on-gyn doctor for the initial check-up and did my T21 test and structural examination (around 20-21 weeks of gestation) with him, but other than that, I did all my check-ups with the public system.
Throughout this second pregnancy, they basically scheduled my antenatal check-up appointments like my ob-gyn doctor would, which is rare. With the exception that they don’t do ultrasounds for us each an every time we go for a visit (they happen only around 13 weeks, and then one around 20 weeks for the structural, if they can schedule you one due to high volume of people using the public system 🙃）, I felt it was sufficient this time around.
With my first pregnancy I was eager to hear his heartbeat and see him through our monthly ultrasound at the check-ups with my ob-gyn. I would even review the ultrasound a few times over when I got home with the CD-ROM he saved each appointment on.
This time, though, I wanted to trust my built-in mother instinct. I was still dying to see the fetus roll around inside my tummy and hear his quick heartbeats for reassurance, but I knew it wasn’t exactly necessary. If I felt fine, baby should be on the right track as well.
Each check-up consisted of roughly 30 min to an hour wait, and literally maximum 10 minutes with the midwives and doctor. They felt the size of the bump with their hands and did a quick heartbeat listening and counting with a small baby heartbeat monitor which they turned up the volume for you to listen to for about 30 seconds.
And then comes the part where it’s time to give birth.
This would take a whole new post to talk about, because it would involve talking about our birth story, if anyone interested (let me know if you are in the comments section).
Do have a read here for Klay’s birth story, 3 years ago at a private hospital.
This time, i just want to talk about my birth experience at a public hospital.
To list some my favourite things that cannot be experienced from most private hospital births:
– the skin-to-skin attachment time for baby and I right after he comes Earth-side, before they take baby away for bathing, weighing
– the crash course of however-long-your- hospital-stay-is-after-giving-birth for taking care of your newborn; from breastfeeding exclusively to tending to alllllllll of baby’s needs on your own.
– having baby by my bedside the wholeeeee time unless you ask for temporary help by the nurses/staff to get some rest
– how the nurses and staff all genuinely care about you (even if they sound annoyed sometimes… and after my 5 days in the hospital this time, I can understand why).
– expert advice from experienced mid-wives, nurses and doctors as to how to breastfeed, how to swaddle, bathe and care for baby, as well as things we need to remember to register for via different government departments after we leave the hospital.
– the bill at the end of everything is so awesome, everything being within 1000hkd 😆👍🏻
There must be so much more that I appreciated during my time at the hospital this time but I am going to have to admit that it may not be for everyone. I am not even sure if I would have enjoyed my experience as much if this were my first time… Hell, I had to change my own bedsheets!
I did consider giving birth at a public hospital with Klay, but it gave me a peace of mind knowing the ob-gyn whom I had gone to 9 months of check-up with would be helping me deliver my child than someone I didn’t know.