Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

Giving Birth in Shanghai

1 post in this topic

Expecting a baby is daunting for every new mother, and living in a city far from home adds to the stress. But rest assured, giving birth
in Shanghai is a well-worn path and there is plenty of expertise on

Your insurance will likely determine which maternity hospitals to shortlist. Insurance packages differ widely, so read the fine print. It is crucial to obtain maternity coverage 10-12 months before a baby is born.

Liaise with your insurer and the hospital to determine whether direct billing is an option, or if upfront payment is required. If you have an un-expected pregnancy, with no maternity coverage, it is recommended to insure the baby from birth.

How to choose a hospital in Shanghai.
Expectant moms today are well-read, well-versed and internet Savvy, remaining up-to-date on current technologies, services and procedures. 

Select a medical provider who stays abreast of medical advances and trends and also provides caring services to ensure your expectations are met.

Key criteria for choosing a birthing hospital:

A strong medical team that follows evidence-based international medical protocols, such as those by the American College of Pediatrics and OBGYN, and provides a strong emphasis on a non-invasive birth. “In Shanghai, C-sections account for 60-75% of deliveries in local hospitals, compared with 30-40% at international hospitals.

Discuss medical intervention with your doctor, and provide a birth plan

An on-site neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), so that both parents and baby can remain together if the baby requires intensive care. Be aware that babies may still be transferred to a specialist pediatric hospital, like the Children’s Hospital of Fudan university, for any major complications.

A complete continuum of care, including prenatal classes, knowledgeable and caring midwives, board-certified obstetricians and pediatricians. And breastfeeding support staff.

Giving birth at a local Chinese hospital
There are 3, 600 maternity beds in hospitals across the city equipped to manage up to 250, 000 births every year, according to the Shanghai Health and Family Planning Commission. However, given that Shanghai's family planning regulations changed in March 2014, allowing couples to have a second child if either of them were an only child, the city is preparing for a baby boom. An extra 20,000 to 30,000 newborns are expected per year between 2014-16, with an estimated 200, 000 babies to be born annually in the city. A record 239, 600 babies were born in Shanghai in 2012, the auspicious Year of the Dragon.

According to Gerald Ang, General Manager of Raffles Medical Shanghai, which provides prenatal and antenatal care for patients delivering at local hospitals, the number one tip for those planning to deliver at a local hospital is to book early.-Maternity services are in heavy demand in Shanghai, especially the VIP wards of the well-regarded hospitals.

What to expect at a local hospital
Those delivering at local hospitals, in the VIP wing or regular ward, should expect vast cultural differences and limited English-language support. C-sections are common and breastfeeding support may be minimal. Typically, private rooms at Chinese hospitals have a small sofa, intended for an ayi or your mother-in-law, not your husband.

While international hospitals come at a price, many women find familiarity during birth invaluable.

Prenatal Support
 Prenatal classes
Most international hospitals host prenatal childbirth classes that provide information about pregnancy and childbirth, and address the physical, psychological and emotional challenges that a family may face during pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum. Check whether classes are included in the hospital's prenatal package. The second trimester is an ideal time to attend.

Yoga is hugely popular among expectant moms, with programs offered across the city. Many of the yoga studios offering prenatal yoga also offer post-natal,  baby, and "mom and me" yoga classes.

Create a network of support
 - The importance of having a strong network of support during pregnancy can't be underestimated. Making friendships during that time will give mothers connections with others who will be going through similar challenges and milestones at the same time. Establish regular coffee mornings and playgroups, which provide ongoing opportunities for socializing for both mothers and children.

Many mothers have found invaluable support from the forum Shanghai mamas, which offers opportunities to connect, ask advice, share stories and experiences, and meet a diverse community of families and friends.

Postnatal Support Breastfeeding support
For those planning to breastfeed, join a breastfeeding support group prior to delivery and learn about successful lactation. According to certified
lactation consultant and la leche league volunteer leader Melanie Ham,"Support groups teach normal infant behaviors and feeding patterns, while connecting new moms with a network of others who share tips, tricks and strategies for integrating breastfeeding into daily life.

New mothers need encouragement, education and time to help them develop confidence and enjoy a positive breastfeeding experience.

"A lactation consultant is an allied health care worker who liaises with the mother's doctor and the baby's pediatrician to create a lactation care plan designed to help the family achieve their breastfeeding goals. Many hospitals inadvertently sabotage breastfeeding through prolonged separation of mother and baby, improper positioning,and prematurely introducing formula. Attending a support group or hiring a lactation consultant such as lunabelle lactation can help families avoid these challenges.

Emotional support

New mothers who experience postpartum depression can access
resources and support through shanghai douta. 

A douta is a trained child birth attendant who provides non-medical support to women and couples during pregnancy, labor and birth (day or night, for as long as it takes). She provides physical, emotional and informational support as needed. 

Studies show that when labor is supported by a douta, women experience a decreased risk of medical intervention and C-section, and an increased likelihood of a spontaneous vaginal birth and overall satisfaction of childbirth.

A yuesao is a nanny who cares for both mother and baby in the first months after birth. Most yuesao live-in, maintaining the same schedule as the baby and providing To und-the-clock care. Duties of a yuesao may include breastfeeding assistance, changing and bathing the baby, administering night feeds, checking the mother's postnatal progress, and preparing special foods and soups to nourish the mother and promote milk supply.


Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0

  • Similar Content

    • By Jordan
      I am relocating from UK to Shanghai later this year and require a budget health insurance plan that will cover my current condition of type 2 diabetes. 
      Will any local Chinese health insurance companies cover me for a china only insurance ? I do not need international as I will only be traveling between the UK and China for work.
    • By Katrina
      I found this article on Shanghai Daily, but it seems the link is not longer working so I posted here.

      NEARLY a third of yoga mats tested by the city’s quality watchdog were found to contain excessive plasticizer — a substance, typically a solvent, added to a synthetic resin to produce or promote flexibility and to reduce brittleness.
      All the mats tested had emissions of volatile organic compounds (VOC), a major contributor to air pollution that also can cause harm to people’s health, authorities warned yesterday.
      The Shanghai Quality and Technical Supervision Bureau tested 30 batches of yoga mats bought online as well as from actual stores and found nine batches had excessive phthalates, which can cause such effects as decrease of sperm, testicular cancer, liver and kidney damage, and increase the risk of breast cancer.
      All of the 30 batches of yoga mats had VOC emission, according to the bureau.
      People were likely to suffer from headache, vomiting, weakness, and convulsions when the concentration of VOC reaches a high level indoors, and the liver, kidney, brain and nervous system could also be harmed, doctors warned.
      China has no specific standards set for yoga mats, and the inspection results were based on American standards and other relevant standards in China, according to the bureau, which did not reveal who had produced the tested yoga mats.
      The bureau said it had forwarded the result to China’s top quality watchdog for consideration of setting a standard.
      “Many people use yoga mats as camping mats or for children to play, and most businesses claimed their yoga mats are totally safe and eco-friendly, which misleads consumers,” said Shen Weimin, deputy director of the bureau.
      “Yoga mats are not suitable to be used by children,” he said, adding people should put newly bought yoga mats in areas of good ventilation for several days before use.
      The bureau has ordered yoga mat producers and outlets selling them to improve quality control and eliminate safety hazards.
    • By mikebites
      Things started well for me and Johnny Moo, I ordered the famous moo burger and the moo’s super size burger using sherpas and visited their outlet in Jingan a couple of times, good burgers and decent chocolate milkshakes.
      One bad experience was when I ordered the bacon cheeseburger buy one get one free on sherpas.... the fries were bad and the burger was very plain and boring... very much reminded me of a jollibee burger.
      Try Johnny Moos... get the milkshakes and go for the famous moo burger or the moo’s super size burger.
    • By mikebites
      I first started ordering Charlie′s Burger from Sherpas as they had a upgrade for a double buger patty for only 15 RMB extra, eventually I found where the restaurant actually was, and quite near my home and I visited.
      Great service, location, food... but best of all is the thick chocolate milkshakes... 
      Now about that diet plan.....
    • By Katrina
      Here is my list of Maternity Hospitals in Shanghai, the list is always growing and I welcome you to add other hospitals and your experiences to this post.
      Redleaf Hospital
      Offers gynecology, obstetrics, newborn care, pediatrics & postpartum recovery services that adhere to the highest international standards. 105 beds and 178 on-site parking spaces. 
      C-section rate:
      Most clients choose vaginal delivery.
      Prenatal Package: 23,000 RMB
      Natural Delivery: 73,000 RMB
      C-section: 110,000 RMB

      Prenatal packages includes check-ups from 12 weeks, initial & follow-up consultations, 15+ types of lab tests, ultrasound, fetal non-stress tests, & down syndrome screening tests. Individual services avaliable.
      Pain relief: Yes, epidural and other pain relief available.
      Midwife present: Yes
      Water Births: Yes
      NICU: Newborn special care nursery is available on site, for intensive care, new-borns will be transferred to Children's Hospital of Fudan University.
      Prenatal Classes: Available on-site in English & Chinese.
      Breastfeeding Support: Yes
      Parkway Health
      International team of 80+ doctors and specialists offering premium medical services including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics & gynecology.
      C-section rate:  40%

      Prenatal: Between 15,000 RMB -  25,000 RMB
      Natural Delivery: 60,000 RMB
      C-section: 98,000 RMB

      Prenatal packages: Available from 12 or 16 weeks. Includes blood tests, ultrasounds, genetic screenings and doctor consultations. Individual services available. 
      Pain relief: Epidural (locally made) not included in the delivery package.
      Midwife present: Midwife is always present during labor.
      Water Births: No
      NICU: Birthing center equipped with an incubator for pre-term babies with no other complications, newborns are transferred to Fudan Hospital's NICU.
      Prenatal Classes: Available on-site in English.
      Breastfeeding Support: Yes
  • Topics

  • Who's Online (See full list)

    There are no registered users currently online