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Your Complete Guide to Pre & Postnatal Care in Singapore

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Pregnancy is a beautiful journey of anticipation. However, it’s also a time that requires careful attention to make sure both the mother and baby are safe and healthy. In Singapore, expecting mothers are fortunate to have access to comprehensive antenatal packages. 

In this guide, we will share what prenatal and postnatal care entails, what you can expect from a care package, and how to navigate through this crucial period.

What are prenatal and postnatal care?

Prenatal care refers to the healthcare provided to pregnant women before childbirth. It means regular check-ups, screenings, and education to track progress and detect any potential issues that may arise during the pregnancy. 

Meanwhile, postnatal care, also known as postpartum care, focuses on the health of both mother and baby after childbirth. It includes monitoring recovery, addressing any postpartum complications, and supporting the mother in adapting to her new role.

What is included in an antenatal package?

Antenatal care packages in Singapore typically offer a full range of prenatal care services to support expectant mothers throughout their pregnancy. These may include:

  • Regular prenatal check-ups with obstetricians
  • Ultrasound scans to monitor fetal development
  • Blood pressure monitoring and urine tests
  • Nutritional counseling and dietary advice
  • Guidance on prenatal exercises and childbirth preparation
  • Access to prenatal classes and workshops
  • Screening tests for genetic disorders or abnormalities
  • Counselling and support for emotional well-being

Are vaccinations included in the antenatal package?

Vaccinations protect both mother and baby from certain infections during pregnancy. Vaccinations such as the flu shot and the Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis) may be included or offered as optional add-ons in antenatal packages. 

These vaccines help boost the mother’s immunity, providing passive protection to the newborn during the first few months of life. Check with your healthcare provider if vaccinations are covered in your package.

How often are prenatal check-ups scheduled?

The frequency of prenatal check-ups may depend on the individual’s health status and the stage of pregnancy. Expectant mothers are usually advised to schedule monthly visits during the first two trimesters, bi-weekly visits during the third trimester, and weekly visits in the final weeks leading up to childbirth. 

However, this schedule may be adjusted based on the healthcare provider’s recommendations and other concerns.

What type of blood tests are conducted during prenatal care?

Blood tests help assess the mother’s health status and screen for potential complications. Standard blood tests conducted during pregnancy include:

  • Blood type and Rh factor
  • Complete blood count (CBC) to check for anaemia
  • Blood glucose test for gestational diabetes
  • Screening for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)
  • Screening for genetic disorders such as Down syndrome

These tests help identify any issues early on, allowing for timely intervention and appropriate management.

Do antenatal packages cover delivery costs?

In Singapore, antenatal packages typically cover the costs of prenatal care check-ups, screenings, and consultations with healthcare providers. 

However, delivery costs may not be included in the package. They may vary depending on the mode of delivery (vaginal birth or caesarean section), the healthcare facility chosen, and any additional medical interventions required during childbirth.

We recommend you speak to your doctor or hospital regarding the coverage and potential out-of-pocket expenses.

How much does it cost to give birth in Singapore?

The delivery cost will depend on the mode of delivery, the hospital chosen, the need for medical interventions, and any complications that may arise during childbirth.

In SWC Medical Group, the cost for normal delivery starts from $3,000, while a caesarean section may cost $4,000 or more.

Are there additional charges for emergency visits or complications?

While prenatal care provides comprehensive support throughout pregnancy, unexpected situations or complications may arise, necessitating emergency visits or specialised care. 

In such cases, additional charges may apply for emergency services, medical procedures, or hospital admissions beyond the scope of the antenatal package. 

Can my partner attend prenatal appointments with me?

In Singapore, many healthcare providers encourage the involvement of the father or partner in prenatal care and childbirth preparation. They may be invited to accompany the expectant mother to prenatal appointments, ultrasound scans, and childbirth education classes. This strengthens the bond between partners and provides valuable support and encouragement throughout the pregnancy.

Is postnatal care included in the package?

Care for expectant mothers does not stop after they give birth. After delivery, the mother and baby must be cared for as well. Postnatal care is integral to the pregnancy journey, checking on their well-being in the weeks following childbirth. Postpartum care supports the mother’s physical recovery after childbirth, while offering assistance and guidance on breastfeeding issues.

Antenatal packages may not include postnatal care and support. However, specialised postpartum care services may be offered as optional add-ons. These may include lactation consultation, newborn care guidance, postpartum depression screening, and physical therapy for postpartum recovery.

Prenatal and postnatal care in Singapore

Every pregnancy is unique, and mothers must prioritise their health and well-being every step of the journey. They can experience this remarkable journey with confidence and peace of mind by choosing the right prenatal and postnatal care package and working closely with healthcare professionals.

SWC Medical Group is dedicated to empowering expectant mothers in Singapore with the knowledge, resources, and support they need to navigate the joys and challenges of pregnancy and parenthood. With a focus on personalised care and a dedication to excellence, we strive for families to have a positive and fulfilling pregnancy and postpartum experience.

Book an appointment to learn more about our antenatal package.

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