Having a Baby in Thailand: Good Facilities at Reasonable Rates
The joys of expectant motherhood come bundled with indescribable insecurities and worries. If you happen to be in a foreign country and are generally unaware of what to expect, the experience can be downright harrowing. Fortunately, Thailand has plenty of hospitals that can look after you and your baby. Unless you find yourself in a particularly rural area, most hospitals tend to have modern equipment and trained doctors. Nurses are trained in midwifery, although it is the doctor who normally handles the whole procedure.
Delivery in Thailand
Generally cheaper than many Western countries, prices can range from 13,000 Baht ($383) in lower range hospitals to over 60,000 Baht ($1769) in private hospitals. Packages are available that take care of all your needs through your pregnancy term, right from your pre-natal and post-natal care to the delivery itself. Women in Thailand tend to stay in the hospital for two or three days after giving birth. Depending on your budget, and your preferred choice of hospital, finding professionals to help you care for yourself and your baby should not be a problem.
Samitivej Sukhumvit Hospital is generally the preferred choice for expatriates. It is the only hospital in Thailand that offers a water birth option. Plenty of doctors have been trained abroad and carry international accreditations, and finding someone that speaks English should not be a problem.
Pre-natal classes called ‘doulas’ are offered by private institutions. Home births, something that was once traditional in Thailand is now slowly being replaced with hospital alternatives. Thai hospitals tend to disagree with the option of home births, and as such, many health insurance companies do not provide coverage for home births. They will also not cover prenatal care and visits. If required, international health insurance can be purchased in Thailand that covers most of the basic needs and expenses.
After your child is born, you will be presented with a health certificate. This certificate, provided you continue to live in Thailand, becomes very important for your child. Up to the age of eighteen, your child would need to carry this health certificate each time they go to visit a doctor. Unless at least one of the parents is a Thai national, it is impossible for the person to obtain a Thai citizenship. The couple must report to their local embassy to obtain citizenship for the child. Until this is done, the child will be listed as illegal or stateless in the registration birth certificate. Having a baby can be trying, but with expert healthcare advice available at reasonable prices, Thailand is one of the best destination to have your baby.