I have created this post to navigate you in choosing the best hospital and doctor to give birth in Bangkok. I want to let you know that I base my recommendations on my experiences as a doula and feedback of other doulas and mother I talked to. This recommendations are averaged and each birth is unique, so I advice you to take the information and make your decision relying on your inner feelings.
The city of surgery tourism …
Bangkok is the heart of medical tourism in Asia. People all around the world come to have fine medical services with a more affordable price than in Europe, USA, Korea or Singapore. It is also a place to find good medical assistance for expats living around South East Asia.
Even if you enjoy a simple lifestyle somewhere in the countryside of Cambodia, when it comes to health and moreover health of two: a mother and a baby, you want the best possible option.
Choosing a hospital in Bangkok…
As I said, many hospitals in Bangkok perform a good level of medical help, but when it comes to such a natural process as birth – it is not easy to stay away from unnecessary interventions. There are only 2 hospitals that support natural birth – Samitivej and Bamrungrad.
First one probably the best option as it has a natural labor room with a tub for a water birth, birthing chairs and balls. Both hospitals welcome doulas to support the woman and her partner.
Unfortunately, home birth and midwives practices here in Thailand are not legal, so if you are looking for less medicalised birth – Samitivej is your best choice!
Choosing your OB/GYN in Bangkok…
For the healthcare providers, I would recommend visiting Dr. Yaowaluk at Samitivej hospital or Dr. Kanoknut at Bamrungrad. For VBAC or complications, I would definitely choose Dr Yaowaluk.
However, I think it is important that you feel comfortable and trust your doctor. So if you will find another hospital and OB/GYN and have a good feeling – that is the best choice for you. I wrote this post just to “inform your intuition”. (I love this phrase of Adriana Lozada from “The Birthful Posdact”, highly recommend it to all expectant and new parents).
If you have more questions about childbirth in Bangkok – contact me by email.