All About Maternity Packages

Throughout your pregnancy, a lot of attention will be given to prenatal care and delivery might seem like a distant dream. By organising and confirming your maternity package in advance, the days leading up to your labour will not be as hectic.

What is a maternity package?

Essentially, maternity packages are inclusive of the cost of your hospital stay, labour, meals, amenities, any postnatal aftercare services as well as other extras. For the utmost ease and comfort, a maternity package is what you would probably need most to make the logistics part of delivery easier.

For first-time parents especially, maternity packages are of serious help since all you need to do is be present at the hospital and have everything already taken care of!

How to choose the right package?

When considering maternity packages, it will probably help most if you could envision the birthing experience you wish for and set it as a priority when making a decision.

Here are some questions you might want to ask yourself and your partner before settling on a package:

● Do I have a limited budget in mind?

● Do I have any dietary requirements?

● Do I have any other layout requirements such as having a bathtub in the room?

● Do I need a single room or space for a partner?

● Do I require any specific services, such as a lactation consultant or massage therapist?

● Do I want any extra amenities like celebratory meals?

● Do I want any specific tests carried out when the baby is born?

P.S. Most hospitals also offer complimentary maternity tours where you and your partner get to explore the maternity ward for yourselves!

What is a maternity tour?

Just as its name suggests, a maternity tour is where parents-to-be are able to get a look at a hospital’s maternity facilities and then decide is they feel comfortable enough about having their baby there. Some hospitals offer group tours, but some may have individual tours that requires advanced booking too!

This is what you can expect from a typical hospital tour. You will be shown around the maternity ward and the different rooms as well as have the opportunity to clarify any questions you might have about the package and facilities.

How to book a maternity package?

The administration process of booking a maternity package is as straightforward as it can get. By pre-registering very early on in your pregnancy, you are pretty much confirming your intention to deliver your baby at the chose hospital. One of the biggest perks of pre-registering is that you will have plenty of time to prepare and get organised before the big day arrives!

Childbirths are unpredictable and may not always go as you expect. Costs are varied between vaginal and caesarean deliveries, and other elements such as forceps-assisted birth or anaesthesia can affect your overall package price.

This calls for flexibility on your end and to ensure that you have the budget for any unforeseen circumstances.

What about my partner?

To have your partner stay with you overnight, you should expect to pay more for the package.

Tip: Not every hospital allows this so make sure you check with the hospital about needing a room with space for a lodger before placing your booking. There might also not be food provided for your partner so be prepared to make other arrangements if not.

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Every hospital would have different policies and procedures, more especially around things like visiting hours and overnight guests. When choosing your maternity package, it would be good to first weigh up all these factors and decide what is most important.

To learn more about the facilities offered at Parkway East Hospital, book a maternity tour and get a first-hand experience of the maternity services available.

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