SG Budget Babe
Asked by Anonymous
Asked on 03 Dec 2019
How to choose a gynaecologist? How to save costs and what to take note, thanks!
Gynae packages vary. Choose one that you're comfortable with - check out reviews online but the best would really be word-of-mouth from your friends who have recently given birth.
You can save costs by going via the public hospital route, but then you can't choose your gynae.
It depends on the hospital and the type of package that you have. In most cases, $6k to $10k will be a conservative estimation.
On choosing a gynaecologist, go with a referral or someone whom you will be comfortable with. In any case, he must be experienced enough to make fast and accurate decision.
Plan early. Understand the expected and unexpected costs that will occur and do comprehensive financial planning accordingly. When in doubt, speak with a professional who is experienced in such matter to allow you to understand all the potential costs involved.
Additionally, speak with mummies and daddies! They are the best person to advise you on what they did to save costs!
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The price depends on whether you have a natural birth, planned c section or emergency c section. Beyond the delivery, other costs include the hospital stay, after birth care and PD charges for the newborn.
On choosing a gynae, you can check out the forums to see recommendations, or ask around with your friends who just gave birth!
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Here's a very handy infographic from 2018 about the costs of raising a child, all the way to university.
Now I would say that your figures will definitely vary, so don't be too worried about the end number.
If you want to save costs, you'll have to avoid private. My mom delivered me in a public hospital, and my sibling in private, inflation not withstanding, she paid more than double for my brother. Both of us were delivered with no issues.
Finding a good gynae will require some research, and the best people to turn to are your friends who are already parents, as they will no doubt give you a very straightforward review on their experience.
I became a new dad 2 months back. To your question, go with a gynae based on strong recommendations or with positive reviews from forums. Go visit the gynae and speak to them; they need to be one that you and your spouse is comfortable and feel assured with.
In terms of cost savings, you might want to determine if you're signing package with the gynae for X number of visits and ultrasound scans. You might save a bit if you don't sign up package and instead go visit on an adhoc basis. In addition, go for hospital tours or events which the private hospitals like TMC or Mt A organized as they will usually throw out discounts or freebies if you sign early with them.
Hope this helps.