Having a Baby in Shanghai: Complete Guide

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  1. My husband moved to Shanghai for his job.

    I moved to Shanghai to travel.

    In the pre-baby days, we organized our vacation time down to the minute. We analyzed each of our allotted holidays, layered them over our given time-off, and maximized each minute. We jumped planes all over the world. We spent no more than 3 days in any given city. We walked everywhere. We slept as little as possible. And within hours of the plane hitting the ground in our home town, we were back at our desks earning cash for the next plane trip.

    And then baby #1 came along.

    And then baby #2 came along.

    And the plane trips came to a screeching halt.

    With both babies born and sleeping through the night, our feet began to itch again. And rather than plane hop from the states with two babies in tow, we just up and moved to China. And every holiday and vacation day we get, we’ll either be on the road or in the air.

    But, as you’ve all realized, traveling with little ones takes a lot of planning and a very different style. I’ll share every child-friendly establishment I find, and every destination worth your time and trouble. I’ll explain any tricks for keeping kids happy en route, and any products worth their price tag.

  2. Peace Maternity, American Sino, HuaShan or Parkway?

    I hope you can help me to make so difficult decision as to choose a hospital for delivery. I realised that my insurance doesn’t cover United Hospital prices (in which I had check ups so far) so I have to change it.

    Please share your experience with me. I have the following questions about above mentioned hospitals:
    1. What is the delivery cost (natural and C-section)?
    2. What is the price for regular check-up? any prenatal packages?
    3. Names of English speaking doctors you recommend or not
    4. Does the stuff speak English?
    5. If I choose a gynaecologist, will she assist me during delivery even if she is not on duty at this time?
    6. What else should I check before making a decision?
    7. What are your own feelings regarding these hospitals?

    It is so difficult for me, so I really appreciate your tips/recommendations.


  3. 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

    Shanghai East International Medical Center
    US-China joint venture providing a full range of world-class services including family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and on-site 24-hour emergency services.

    C-section rate: Below 30%

    Prenatal care from 12 weeks: 25,000 RMB / from 24 weeks 15,000 RMB
    Normal Vaginal Delivery: 62,000 RMB / Operative Vaginal Delivery: 72,000 RMB
    C-section: 86,000 RMB

    Prenatal packages available during trimester 1 or 2, Packages start at 12 & 24 weeks & cover all consultations and check-ups until birth. Individual services available up to 24 weeks.

    Pain relief: Epidural (locally manufactured) on-call support from anesthesiologist.
    Midwife present: Yes
    Water Births: No, but a bathtub is available.
    NICU: No, Has a partnership with Shanghai Children’s Medical Center for emergencies.
    Prenatal Classes: CPR & First Aid, Prenatal Available on-site in English & Chinese.
    Breastfeeding Support: Yes

    Shanghai United Family Hospital
    Medical hospital offering a wide range of medical services with international standard treatment. Offers an English-speaking emergency department operating 24/7.

    C-section rate: 30%

    Cost: Check the website for current prices.

    Pain relief: Natural pain relief, Entonox, epidural all available.
    Midwife present: Yes
    Water Births: Available by patient providing equipment.
    NICU: Yes.
    Prenatal Classes: Both English & Chinese classes are available.
    Breastfeeding Support: Yes, Daily lactation consulting services, midwife clinic for breastfeeding. LLL meeting on-site.

    American-Sino OB GYN, Pediatrics Services
    Providing a comprehensive array of on-site services for women and children, including obstetrics, gynecology, and pediatrics, by certified specialists from overseas and China.

    C-section rate: 40%

    Cost: Prenatal Care: 20,000 RMB
    Normal Vaginal Delivery: 45,000 RMB
    C-Section: 70,000 RMB

    Pain relief: Painless services available.
    Midwife present: Yes
    Water Births: Yes in cooperation with ASOG International Hospital.
    NICU: On site in ASOG International Hospital.
    Prenatal Classes: English & Chinese classes are available, including yoga, postnatal pilates.
    Breastfeeding Support: Yes ASOG offers professional breastfeeding support.


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