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Mommies share their experiences!

For this blog I asked the help of other mommies in China to give you – a pregnant mommy – a look on what it’s really like giving birth in China. Here you find the story of my birth in a Chinese private hospital in Hangzhou. Also the stories of Natalie, Mary Katherine and Lucy who gave birth in Shanghai, Miss X about her births in Beijing and Shanghai, Elisa who went back home to Finland to give birth and lastly Pam, a Chinese local about her birth experience.

Sunny  (27) – Hangzhou

Country: Holland

Gave birth in: MARIA hospital, Hangzhou (Chinese Private)  http://www.hzmly.cn/en

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Natural birth/ C-Section: Emergency C-section

Insurance: Nope!

Profession: English Teacher

Personal Chinese level: Minimum

 

  1.  How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committedto you, did you have a different doctor every time?

Yes, (with some pressure of us!) she was always there, up until the delivery. She was not allowed inside the operation room, since she is an out-patient doctor.

  1. Where there different packages available? If so, what package did you choose and why?

Yes, you can first pick between Natural or C-section, then there are 3 other different packages depending on what room size you prefer. We went for the middle-size room. The smallest was really teeny tiny (it hardly fit the 1 person bed!) and the big room was TOO huge for us (with a separate living room and open kitchen – we didn’t found that necessary). Our room was great. A livingroom area with a small ‘kitchen’ and a huge corner couch, a privet bathroom with shower and the bedroom area with a bed for me, a sleep couch for Manu and a crib for baby Genesis.

  1. How was the level of English in your hospital?

Minimum. My doctor spoke English and 2 different nurses that spoke some. The rest we used translation apps.

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth? In case of a CS, did you choose this up front?

I wanted an all natural birth, ended up with being induced for 3 days (while Genesis did NOT wanna come out) and so got a CS in the end.

  1. How was your labour experience?

Long, and short! Officially I was in labour for 3 days (counting the inducing), but in the end the ACTUAL labour was in CS, which was very fast. From the moment they started, I had G next to my head within 5 minutes. I was out of the operation room in about 40 min.

  1. How were the days after you gave birth in the hospital? Your room/food/service etc

I payed for 7 days, stayed for 5 days. I HATED it!! The were constantly people in the room, bringing food 100 times a day (which was good tho!), coming to check on me, check on Genesis, check on us in general etc.

After the C-section I got some pain medication through an IV, yet was still in SO MUCH pain. Later I heard from other mommies that the painkillers are set on the average weight of a Chinese mommy. Let me tell you, I was just a LITTLE heavier at that time ;-). From the moment we came back to the room, I had to lay completely flat for 6 hours. Manu had to hold Genesis above my head, so I could sort of have a look at my daughter. After the 6 hours finally had passed, I was allowed to sit up with the hospital bed helping me. I couldn’t! Even being totally ‘relaxed’ and letting the bed do its job, I was in way to much pain to move. It took 24 hours to be able to really sit up for the first time. Meanwhile, I had missed changing her diapers, seeing her being washed the first time, getting her first vaccinations etc. That still weighs hard on me!

I get that the checkups are nice, but when its 30 times a day it gets a bit annoying. I had to be on IV’s for 3 days, which didn’t make any sense. I needed to be attached to all these stupid kinda machines.. I hated it. In the end I felt like I didn’t have time to bond with Genesis because I was constantly being held by nurses!! It was very though on me. I think it has to do with the fact that in China, the grandparents take care of the baby, while the mother is at complete rest for a month. Yet for us foreigners, its sooo different! I wanted to spend time with my child, change her diapers, focus on breastfeeding! Luckily after 5 days we went home, and aaaall was good again!

  1. How was your overallexperience? Would you recommendthis hospital?

Yes and no. Its fine, really. If you don’t have insurance its a great option, yet because you don’t spend as much as an expat private hospital, the care is different.

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

Seeing a doctor, urine &blood tests and an ultrasound costs you about 500-700 RMB.

We payed 15.000 RMB up front for a natural delivery. In the end, 15.000 RMB was added for a week in the hospital (before I gave birth) and the C-section.

  1. Anything else you want to share with other mommies (to be) about giving birth in China?

Its like everything else in China. It never goes how you expected, and yet it always turns out just fine!! I would definitely do it again, for sure!

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Me and Manu meet Genesis for the first time ❤
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Just had to show off this pic of last week’s photoshoot 😉

Nathalie (37) – Shangai

Country: France

Gave birth in: Read Leaf, Shanghai (Expat Private) (As I am writing this blog, there are some issues going on with Read Leaf, they have to close/move. Surely you can find information about them online tho if you wish to give birth here!)

http://www.redleafhospital.com

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Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural water birth

Insurance: Yes

Profession: Looking for an amazing job!

Personal Chinese level: Very low  

 

  1. How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committed to you, did you have a different doctor every time?

I saw 3 different doctors at the beginning of the pregnancy (within the same hospital). I choose the one I had the best feeling with.

  1. Where there different packages available? If so, what package did you choose and why?

Yes, I choose the delivery package for natural birth. (Our insurance negotiated special prices for checkups)

  1. How was the level of English in your hospital?

Doctor and associated nurses outpatient: very good.

Nurses inpatients: Depended on the team

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth? In case of a CS, did you choose this up front?

Natural birth

    5.  How was your labour experience?

I would say great. My birth plan was respected. I had the chance to be ‘guided’ by a French midwife. It meant a lot to me because I needed to have someone that I could consider as my ‘cultural guardian/guarantee’. I also had the chance to get a respectful doctor.

  1. How were the days after you gave birth in the hospital?

The room : Perfect. Red leaf hospital is my best room experience I ever had – medically speaking.

The food : Disappointed. I breastfed, so I expected to get a healthy and nutritional service to recover and to give the best to my baby. In my opinion, it was too greasy, not digest, juices were not made with fresh fruits (here in china, it is not something unbearable) fruits were not tasty etc. I am maybe picky but for for the range level of this hospital, I expected much better.

The service: It was nice, but as for food, I expected more services on little details from an international hospital such as the respect of intercultural differences/habits. I.e.: the first nurses I saw did not want me to supplemented the baby with the colostrum I ‘pumped’. They gave my baby a shower, instead of a real bath, etc.

  1. How was your overall experience? Would you recommend this hospital?

Despite the little details, the experience was great and I was lucky to give birth in this hospital: the environment was great, I could give birth in the water, because they were well equipped. I am not sure I could get the same kind of experience in my home country, France. Doctor, nurses and the midwife took time to explain, to follow us etc.

I will certainly recommend my doctor and midwife!

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

The negotiated price for checkups was 1050rmb. And delivery package was more or less 80.000 RMB.

  1. Anything else you want to share with other mommies (to be) about giving birth in China?

Each pregnancy and delivery is different and I strongly believe that it also depends on our personal feelings and the people around us. Thankfully, there is a lot of support here in China: The Rooster moms Wechat group I’m in, prenatal yoga, prenatal aqua gym etc. The great thing is China is that pregnant women are very well considered… and so are the babies!

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How CUTE is baby Adam!!

Mary Katherine (30) – Shanghai  

Country: USA

Gave birth in: Read Leaf, Shanghai (Expat Private) (As I am writing this blog, there are some issues going on with Read Leaf, they have to close/move. Surely you can find information about them online tho if you wish to give birth here!)

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Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural water birth

Insurance: Yes, my employer policy covered pre-natal and I self-bought a policy to cover delivery

Profession: Corporate Communications at US auto Manufacturer

Personal Chinese level: Business Chinese

 

  1.  How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committed to you, did you have a different doctor every time?

We loved our doctor (Dr. Ferguson). She was very committed to us even though we saw other doctors from time to time because she was traveling or unavailable because of delivery.

  1. Where there different packages available? If so, what package did you choose and why?

Just did what was covered by insurance

  1. How was the level of English in your hospital?

Very good

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth? In case of a CS, did you choose this up front?

Natural

  1. How was your labour experience?

It was very smooth. There were great mid wives on staff and a tub to help with pain management. I felt very comfortable and confident throughout.

  1. How were the days after you gave birth in the hospital? Your room/food/service etc

3 days; we also had a great post-partum experience. Nurses were very nice and attentive.

  1. How was your overall experience? Would you recommend this hospital?

Yes! It was a great experience and much more comprehensive than what I think I’d get in the US. Honestly I am so glad I gave birth in China for my first because the level of care was exceptional.

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

About 36,000 RMB. This was the cost of our additional insurance policy for two years + the deductible. This went toward delivery only as my pre-natal care was covered by employer-provided insurance.

  1. Anything else you want to share with other mommies (to be) about giving birth in China?

I’d never want to have a medical emergency in China but pregnancy and labor & delivery was great. Childbirth is taken very seriously here so don’t be too nervous about having a baby in China.

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Simply Adorbs!

Miss X (33) – Beijing and Shanghai

Country: Netherlands

Gave birth in: Two times Beijing United Family Hospital and One time Red Leaf, Shanghai (Both Expat Private)

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Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural

Insurance: Yes, extensive health insurance through my partners employer

Profession: I am here because of my partner. I have worked on and of on local contracts

Personal Chinese level: I can get around in Chinese but not discuss more complicated matters

 

  1. How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committedto you, did you have a different doctor every time?

For my first child I saw the same doctor throughout my whole pregnancy. She turned out to be on call during the delivery of my first child, however, called in the assistance of the head of the OB/GYN department to deliver my son (he was born with the forceps). I saw both of these doctors during my second pregnancy but I delivered my second baby while another doctor was on call. During my third pregnancy I saw two doctors throughout pregnancy, one of them delivered my baby. I felt that all doctors were extremely committed to me and my baby which is why I chose them in the first place. I have, on occasion seen other doctors that I felt not comfortable with and I have made a point of not seeing them again. The first question of the first doctor (Chinese) I saw during my first pregnancy was: ‘Do you want to keep this baby?’ (WTF?!?). I should also mention that I miscarried on my third pregnancy. The first appointment I had during that pregnancy was at Shanghai United Family Hospital. I did not feel comfortable with either my doctor and the person performing the ultrasound which is why we chose to go to Red Leaf/FWH for my next appointment at 13 weeks. During this appointment they could not detect a heart beat anymore and I had to undergo an abortion. I was so grateful for being a patient of Dr. Ferguson at that time. She and her team were so understanding of our needs at that difficult time. I may have caught SHU at a bad day but I haven’t regretted switching hospitals (even though SHU was much more convenient location wise).

  1. Where there different packages available? If so, what package did you choose and why?

In both hospitals there was a package for vaginal delivery and for c-section. I had three vaginal deliveries because there was no need for a c-section.

  1. How was the level of English in your hospital?

In both hospitals never a problem.

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth? In case of a CS, did you choose this up front?

3 Natural deliveries.

  1. How was your labour experience?

The birth of my first child wasn’t really what I had hoped for. I was 8 days past my due date. I came to the hospital probably a little early (though they had told us to come in based on the pattern of contractions). Once I was admitted they wanted me on the bed on the monitor. When my water broke, there was meconium in it which made the midwife nervous. She wanted to keep me on the monitor but I could not deal with the contractions while lying on the bed. My partner was a nervous wreck and the midwife wasn’t very comforting either. I panicked and asked for an epidural. The pain completely disappeared and after two hours or so, the doctor told me I could start pushing. But I felt absolutely nothing and had no idea how or when to push. After three hours  of pushing my baby’s heart rate went down and the doctor decided to try the vacuum pump. This did not work. She called in the head of the department who delivered my baby with the forceps. My first son was relatively small (2700 grams at 41 weeks) and had the umbilical cord wrapped around his neck three times.

For my second baby my doctor, based upon our experience with the first, was worried that I might have another difficult delivery. She offered me a c-section which I did not want. As a compromise (also for my nervous partner) I agreed to being induced a few days before my due date so that the baby would not get ‘too big’. I think I would never have been induced in the Netherlands for this reason. I was very nervous about the induction. Based on my experience with my first I wanted to do everything possible to avoid an epidural (I think it was part of the reason why I pushed for so long, I was just not effective because I couldn’t feel a darn thing), yet epidurals are much more common when birth is induced. I was extremely lucky however. My body responded really well to the induction. I was induced at noon, monitored but left alone for the next twelve hours (I had requested to be by myself until I felt things were really progressing, my partner even went back to work/home). Around midnight I felt like things were starting to get serious so at 1:00am I called my partner to come to the hospital. I called the midwife back to my room at 1:10, my partner arrived at 1:20 and my second baby was born after two short pushes at 1:25. Completely different experience that I was very happy with. I had taken control and my requests were respected by my partner, midwife and doctor. There also seemed to be no validation to the concern that I wouldn’t be able to birth this baby on my own.

My third pregnancy ended in miscarriage. I was, however, very happy with the care I received during the abortion procedure which ended up being remarkably similar to an actual delivery (contractions/water broke/I delivered the baby). I learned later that friends had different procedures done for similar cases in the Netherlands. I had a medical abortion whereas they had had a surgical abortion. I think for me the medical abortion ws definitely the preferred way and I was happy my doctor was supportive of it.

My forth pregnancy was mostly a normal pregnancy. However, in the third trimester some concerns arose over the size of the left ventricle (in the brain) of our unborn baby. Extra ultrasounds were done but in the end the doctors said there was probably no reason for concern. We would do an ultrasound of the brain after the birth to double-check. The birth itself was a good experience. The doctor was aware of my birth plan that included as little interventions as possible. My water broke three days past my due date and labour started spontaneously. As contractions started to become stronger, the doctor called in the help of the in-house doula (Louise) who guided me through the last hour and a half or so of the birth. The birth happened fast and furious (not as smooth as I remember my second birth to be) and again the baby was born after a few short pushes. Again, I was happy with the way things had happened. At the advise of the paediatricians, we had an ultrasound of the brain of our baby done in Canada. No abnormalities were found. I sometimes think the extra testing that they do in China just lead to more concerns and doubts. You can’t measure everything. In the Netherlands, I doubt there would have been concerns over the ventricle size. Despite this I overall had very pleasant experiences throughout my pregnancies and the births of my children in China and I would recommend both hospitals to other mothers.

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

I’m sorry. I really don’t know. I could take a guess but it’s probably better if I don’t because I don’t want to give you the wrong numbers. My husband paid the bills while I focused on the baby’s. We are completely covered by insurance so I never really paid attention (plus I’m really bad with numbers and they never stick, I knew at some point but forgot. I remember Redleaf was more expensive than Beijing United).

  1. Anything else you want to share with other mommies (to be) about giving birth in China?

Giving birth in China per definition is going to be in a medical environment. Knowledge is power. Read a lot before giving birth and make a birth plan (but be willing to throw it out of the window when necessary). I wish my first birth could have gone differently but I don’t like to play the ‘what if’ game. I chose to do a few things differently the next time around and that worked for me. Talk to your doctors about any concerns you have and know what your options are. Research all the possible outcomes so you’re prepared when things don’t go according to plan. Looking back, I think I could have benefitted from a doula. I didn’t consider this option during my first pregnancy when I needed it the most (because it’s hard to prepare for your first birth – you just have NO idea even when you think you do). During my other pregnancies I was too cheap to pay for a doula and in the end I don’t think they would have made much of a difference. I learned during my first birth what worked for me and what didn’t and I was able to take matters in my own hands. However, I realize that I have been lucky with how things have gone for me and they could have gone much differently. The one thing I try to tell my pregnant friends is that you have to be able to completely relax during your birth and to be able to surrender your body to the process of birth. Get rid of anything that hinders this (for me this meant even to send away the father during most of my second birth). It’s hard to do so in a hospital environment. There are good books on how to have a natural birth in a hospital ( I read Natural Hospital Birth by Cynthia Gabriel) if that is what you want. I’m not against epidurals but for me it was clear after my first birth that the benefits did not outweigh the negative side effects.

And once you have your baby in your arms enjoy the awesomeness of staying in the hospital and being pampered. In most Western countries you would be send home within hours of giving birth. I sometimes wonder what it would have been like giving birth to my babies in the Netherlands but I think at the end of the day I would probably choose China if I had the option.

 

Lucy (33) – Shanghai  

Country: U.K.

Gave birth in: American- SINO, Shanghai (Expat Private)

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Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural

Insurance: No

Profession: Primary School Teacher

Personal Chinese level: Almost non existent

 

  1. How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committed to you, did you have a different doctor every time?

One doctor, Dr Haoping Zhu was excellent. Chinese but a good level of English. When I rung up initially to book an appointment they asked if I wanted a local/foreign doctor, male/female. I said I didn’t mind on both counts.

  1. Where there different packages available? If so, what package did you choose and why?

Yes, virginal delivery and c section. We went for vagina delivery and the most comprehensive package because it was our first child and we didn’t really know what we were in for. So the most expensive had to be the best?!? Right?! Ha. I found – because it was private care maybe – that I almost received too much information. We had a lot of scans, maybe 6 in total. At one of them I was told the cord was wrapped about his neck which freaked me out massively. Also, I was tested for gestational diabetes and had a very mild form (and a carb heavy dinner the night before) and was then tested each visit after that which involved fasting. Both of these situations would not have occurred if I’d given birth in the UK.

  1. How was the level of English in your hospital?

Good, doctor was pretty fluent with a few some hilarious misunderstandings. Always a fluent nurse (Rose) on hand to help. The best part was the midwives. I hired a midwife (Audrey) from TMC (The Midwife Center) as I was worried the midwife on duty wouldn’t be able to speak English. Turned out the midwife was fluent!  I was induced for 3 days and some midwives were better than others, so it all depends who is on shift when you go in. Still happy we hired Audrey just for peace of mind building up to the big day.

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth? In case of a CS, did you choose this up front?

Natural

  1. How was your labour experience?

Excellent. I was admitted at my 38 week check up due to high blood pressure and induced for 3 days. Once I’d had the epidural on the night of the second day things were a lot easier. For some reason I thought the epidural had a time limit on it or would run out so waited as long as possible… but I was so happy I got it when I did! The induction took so long as they wouldn’t let me labour through the night due to my blood pressure. However the doctor respected my wishes and we were still able to give birth naturally.

  1. How were the days after you gave birth in the hospital?

We ended up spending an extra day in after the birth as well trying to control my blood pressure. Room was lovely, although both rooms were south facing and boiling hot! Food was a bit ropey but edible, but think this goes for all hospitals around the work. Care was outstanding, someone always on call, just getting help with initial latch on at feeds was great.

  1. How was your overall experience? Would you recommend this hospital?

Definitely…if you have insurance!

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

A bloody fortune!!! 70.000 for the package itself, then with the additional 4 nights in hospital and drugs, it came at just over 110,000 RMB!!

Back to England to the NHS for the next one or a home birth, whatever is cheaper!

  1. Anything else you want to share with other mommies (to be) about giving birth in China?

Get insurance before you even think about trying!!!

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Lucy and Charlie ❤

Elisa ( 30) – Finland

Country: Finland

Gave birth in: Finland Finland-on-a-map-740124.jpg

Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural

Insurance: Yes

Profession: English Teacher

Personal Chinese level: Minimum

 

  1. Why did you want to go deliver your baby back home?

My husband and I moved to China in August 2014 to teach English. In January 2015 we found out we were expecting a child. At first it was quite a shock since we were in a strange country in a completely new situation. After the initial shock we were ready to look at our situation in a new light and start preparing for the future.

I went to my first check-up / sonogram at Aima Materinity Hospital in Hangzhou. The hospital staff greeted me with a smile and an interpreter helped me throughout the visit. I must say the ultrasound was quite nice. I was able to lie down comfortably while watching the little life in me on a big screen. The OB Gyn told me I would need to take some blood tests and give an urine sample and the estimated cost of this would have been well over RMB4000. On top of that, I ended up paying like RMB1600 just for the doctors visit and ultrasound. After discussing this with my husband we decided I will just go and get all the rest of the check-ups done at the local hospitals.

I usually had either a friend accompany me for the check-ups or had someone translate for me over the phone. At a few occasions I saw a doctor who spoke English, which was always nice.

All in all I had a pretty easy pregnancy apart from the first trimester and the all-day-sickness and I only went for the necessary appointments.

Since we didn’t have an insurance that covered the delivery here and we didn’t feel comfortable giving birth in a local hospital, plus I pretty much got fired after telling the news to my employer, we decided to go back to Finland for the birth since I was still covered by the Finnish Social Insurance.

  1. For how many weeks were you pregnant when you went to your home country and how old was your baby when you came back?

Only a month before the due date I flew from America to Finland and my husband returned to China to go back to work. I got exceptional care in my hometown. I saw the midwife every week. I had kept a diary of all my doctor visits in China and it was easy for the midwife to put everything in the system.

Hailey was a few days shy of 2 months old when we finally flew back to Finland to be with daddy, who had only got to spend a week with his newborn daughter.

  1. How was the journey, being pregnant?

Air travel when heavily pregnant is no joke. When I flew across The Pacific Ocean from Shanghai to LA I got to fly first class thanks to my husbands auntie who works for the airline. It was quite amazing, not that I could fully enjoy it because of all the restrictions on pregnant women like don’t drink any of the amazing wines or whiskies they serve you, don’t lie on your back on the fully reclined flat bed they provide you, don’t eat blue cheese when this is probably the first and last time you’ll ever get it on an airplane. I could still enjoy laying on my side watching movies and drinking soft drinks.

On the way over the Atlantic though I was already 36 weeks and uncomfortable AF. I didn’t have the chance to fly first class. Quite the opposite. My 2 leg journey from LA to Chicago and Chicago to Helsinki got rerouted through SF and Frankfurt. You can imagine I wasn’t happy. The flight to SF was an hour and I got to see my best friend for a couple of hours, but the SF-Frankfurt flight was living hell.

I had a little more legroom but I just couldn’t get comfortable. I tried to sleep which was impossible. I was uncomfortable even just watching a movie. The person sitting next to me must have regretted getting on that flight since I kept kneeing and elbowing him every turn I took. Once I finally got home to my parents home at like 1am I was so overtired I couldn’t sleep. It took me probably a week to get over the jet lag.

  1. Did your husband come with you?

My husband flew to Finland on the actual due date to be there for the birth. Our daughter was born 10 days later at a hospital in Central-Finland. Generally in Finland we wait 14 days before we induce, but since I had been suffering from painful contractions for 3 days in a row and I still hadn’t dilated, the doctor saw it was better to induce now. 5 hours after I was ready to go to the delivery room.

  1. How was your labour experience? How was the time in the hospital?

The labor itself was a beautiful experience. I had opted for a natural birth without epidural, but I don’t know what I was thinking. The midwife recommended the epidural since she said it should help me rest and save some energy for the big push. The epidural was wonderful. I could finally have a little rest while my darling husband was watching Narcos and eating pizza next to me.

The same midwife who checked me in the night before happened to be in the night shift and it was a pleasant surprise when she came in to take over after the previous midwife went home. She was such a caring creature. She guided me through the 40 minutes of the hardest workout of my life.

Once it was over and my husband had cut the umbilical cord, our daughter was handed to me. Such and incredible feeling to get to hold your own child for the first time. I was completely in love!

We stayed in the hospital for 3 nights including the night of the delivery. Daddy had to go and stay with my family, since there were now family rooms available at that time. We shared a room with another mother and child. Hailey slept in bassinette next to me, and sometimes on the bed with me. I was encouraged to get up and walking as soon as possible and I had to get my own meals from the canteen on the floor. Boy was I hungry. I felt like I hadn’t eaten for weeks! During the last few months of my pregnancy I could only eat a few bites at a time before I was full, but now my appetite was enormous.

  1. How was your overall experience? Would you recommenced going home to give birth?

The days and weeks after the delivery were easy. I had regular visits at the local nurse’s office for Hailey. After all the check-ups and mandatory immunizations shots given, I felt at ease to leave Finland and go to China with an infant.

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

I’m happy I decided to go home to give birth. All in all the delivery ended up costing me 152.40 euros. The prenatal care is completely free of charge. The only thing they charge is 38.10 euros per day at a hospital and I stayed there for 4 days altogether. I was relieved I could communicate in Finnish with the health care practitioners.

You want more information on Elisa, her husband and baby girl Hailey (who is TOO CUTE for words!) checkout her blog: www.aspoonfuloffun.com

Elisa
Honestly, how AMAZING is this picture?!

 

Pam (25) – Shaoxin

Country: China

Gave birth in: The peoples Hospital (人民医院), Shaoxin (Chinese local hospital)

Natural birth/ C-Section: Natural

Profession: English Teacher Assistant

Personal Chinese level: Native

 

  1. How was your experience with your doctor? Was he/she committed to you, did you have a different doctor every time?

Sometimes, not always the same, depending on which day I came. I met the doctor that helped me during my birth.

  1. Did you have a C Section or a natural birth?

Natural

  1. How was your labour experience?

I had a natural birth without any pain medication. The doctors and nurses really helped me a lot, which was great. My husband was not allowed in the delivery room with me, which is normal in a local hospital.

  1. How were the days after you gave birth in the hospital? Your room/food/service etc

I stayed in the hospital for 4 days. I had to stay in a room with 3 other people, without my husband. It was a little noisy, I didn’t like it too much. My family would bring me food everyday

  1. How much did you pay per checkup and for the delivery itself?

For the checkups, delivery and hospital stay 5.000 RMB

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Pam, her husband and babyboy TiaoTiao!

 

Thats it for now! I hope you all enjoyed reading about the experiences of different mommies in China and abroard. How was your birth experience? Did you give birth in China, or somewhere else? Let me know in the comments (right underneeth the title of this blog). 

A special thanks for all the mommies joining, you all are ROCKSTARS, no matter where and how you gave birth! 

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2 thoughts on “Mommies share their experiences!

  1. Thank you for sharing the stories of these amazing women (myself included). Pregnancy is not the easiest thing in life to go through and to do it in China definitely adds a challenge. A huge YAY for all the moms for being such troopers! You guys rock!

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  2. As I’m pregnant for the first time and living in Shanghai just over a year, I must say this post was just what I needed. Thank you, ladies, for being so honest and reminding me that knowledge is power, things can get out of control but at the end we go home with our teeny babies.

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