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Giving birth in a different country requires plenty of preparation. Expats living abroad with their families need to ensure that there is a system is in place for a safe delivery to avoid unexpected expenses and inconveniences during such an intense period.
You can read more about the expense side of childbirth in our blog Expecting a Baby in Hong Kong.
The one plan to rule them all
“The best offence is a good defence” is the key to avoid as many of possible worst case scenarios. At this point, your answer to medical emergencies should always be preparedness.
The most crucial first step is to have a birth plan drafted out at the start of your pregnancy. This includes:
- Getting to know your hospital of choice ahead of time
- Familiarizing yourself with your new doctor
- Knowing what you are looking for is a hospital
Hong Kong has one of the best healthcare systems in Asia and finding a hospital that suits your needs is relatively easy for many expats. Public and private hospitals provide excellent services so it’s usually a matter of preference and expense when it’s time to decide.
Choose your obstetrician wisely. If you have health insurance that covers pregnancy and childbirth, double check to see if they cover the hospital that you’ve chosen. Check the hospital’s proximity to your home and find alternative routes for different traffic conditions.
We do what we can to make sure the child is in good health during pregnancy. However, there is always the possibility of complications. Common issues to prepare for include:
- Umbilical cord issues
- Perineal lacerations
- Abnormal fetal heart rate
- Amniotic cavity problems
- Failure to progress
C-section birth may be required during these situations and making sure you’re financially covered for this major operation is also a crucial part of the birth plan. Check with your expat health insurance provider if they cover this emergency expense.
On new territory
Pregnancy and childbirth make one of the most intimate and unforgettable experiences of life. The logistics leading up to them could be just as complicated as it is memorable, but it’s all worth it in the end.
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