Baby Buzzz! Giving Birth In Ho Chi Minh City | KIDS
After 9 months of preparing yourself on having a baby in Ho Chi Minh, it’s time. The baby room is shining, you stocked up on baby clothes, bottles and diapers, and you’re more than ready to kiss those pregnancy clothes goodbye. But what to expect when arriving in the hospital? What to bring and what to do after your delivery? Here you go, this is all you need to know about giving birth in Ho Chi Minh City.
Last things to prepare before giving birth in Ho Chi Minh City
If you would like to prepare mentally and physically for your child birth, check out the Best Birth Workshop at Mandala. You can also contact Ms Sang, from Medical Clinic CMI, who offers childbirth education classes. And good news, she comes to your house! If you prefer personal support before, during and after childbirth, consider hiring a doula. Rachel Doula Saigon is trained as a doula. She can advise and help you when giving birth in Ho Chi Minh City.
Next to all the medical check ups and prenatal classes, it’s vital to check if all your documents for the birth certificate are ready. If you or your partner don’t have a Vietnamese passport, you need to make sure your official documents are translated and legalized. This will allow you to apply for a birth certificate right away. The process itself differs per nationality, so make sure you do your research well in advance. There are agents who can help you with this, best to ask around for reliable contacts.
It’s time: going to the hospital
And then it’s time to go to the hospital, the moment you’ve been longing for and dreading at the same time! Note that in most hospitals in Vietnam, it’s normal to stay at least 3 days in the hospital after giving birth. Good to check if the baby will sleep in the baby wing or with you, this varies per hospital.
Chances are you’ve visited the hospital in advance and your doctor is there to meet you. There’s no shortage of medical practices in Ho Chi Minh City. But when you’re having a baby, you should feel comfortable and confident about where you’re giving birth. You can find more information on which hospital to go to here. Make sure to mention to the hospital if your insurance will cover the expenses or not. Some hospitals offer reduced rates if you’re not covered.
Make a birth plan when giving birth in Ho Chi Minh City
If you would like to have any influence on the birth process, it’s wise to make a birth plan as this can guide the hospital staff during your delivery. Point out who you’d like to have in the room with you during labor. Or describe how you feel about pain relief medication. Also good to include whether you would like the baby to stay with you for a while after the birth. And if you would like to be there when your baby receives vaccinations. You can make it as detailed as you like. After drawing up your birth plan, make sure to discuss it with your doctor and have him or her sign it. And don’t forget – bring it with you when it’s d(elivery)-day!
What to do after giving birth in Ho Chi Minh City
Hoorray! Your bundle of joy has arrived! Your first days will find an interesting new rhythm involving sleep, feeding and baby poo and you’ll probably love every bit of it.
After the delivery you might have several questions, we know we had! There are several workshops and classes available in Saigon for moms who have just given birth in Ho Chi Minh City: Yoga Joy Saigon organizes a pregnancy and (post) birth group in district 7. Mandala Wellness offers New Mom Meet Ups in district 2. Besides the opportunity to ask all those questions you have but are almost afraid to, it’s a great way to meet other new moms. Simba is a service offered by Family Medical Practice. Each week they discuss a different topic. It’s also a chance to weigh your new-born and exchange experiences.
Breastfeeding might not be rocket science, but sometimes it’s not easy either. Nellie Pilisi from Saigon Slings is a breastfeeding educator and doula in Saigon. She can help you with breastfeeding techniques, how to carry your baby around and more handy advice.
Vaccinations, travelling and playgroups
Besides all of the above, there are a few other things to keep in mind. First of all, decide on which vaccination program to follow. Your baby will receive its first vaccination within the first week of its life, so it’s good to keep track. You can document it in the baby vaccination records.
Also, it’s good to note that travelling abroad is off limits for a while. Arranging the birth certificate can take some time in Vietnam. But luckily, you can still travel within Vietnam though.
When you’re ready to go out, check out the playgroups in your neighborhood. It’s a great way to meet other moms and their offspring. In district 2, there’s a baby playgroup in BaMa Kids cafe.
Finally, if you need to stock up on baby equipment, we have made a list for you where to go. You can find it in the last section of our article Bun in the oven? Being pregnant in Ho Chi Minh.