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Friday, 21 April 2017

Knocked up.....Now What? Private Antenatal Classes in Bangkok

Hallelujah, Bangkok has some very special people, finding them can be difficult but once you do hold on to them tight!

Rasee Govindani is a Birth Doula in Bangkok and also specialises in Child Birth Education classes.

Knocked up.....Now What? Hospital Antenatal Classes in Bangkok

My 'offline' pregnancy bible throughout this journey has been the book by Lesley Regan called "your Pregnancy week by week", it has been my friend and confidant on many nights ...

As I hit the Third Trimester section Lesley writes "you will probably be starting your antenatal classes now - most hospital-run classes have start dates every four weeks and recommend women start their course between 30 and 32 weeks".

Panic! Where do I find Antenatal classes, in English, in Bangkok???

Monday, 13 March 2017

Ummmmm we have a baby....now what? - Vitamin K

I have been told that the very first injection my baby is likely to receive will be a Vitamin K shot and this will be give as soon as she is born.

Ouch, that seems harsh to me.

You mean my baby will go through the stress of labour, and then before she gets a proper cuddle with mum and dad, and a good feed, you are going to jab her with a needle and put foreign substances into her body?

What's this all about???

Not only that, but some mums I have spoken to about this in Thailand weren't even aware this happened to their baby, it is something that is considered standard and often gets done when baby is whisked away for checks and you may only find out about it on the bill.

So in the spirit of GET INFORMED, GIVE TRUE CONSENT I thought this was well worth a google.

Monday, 27 February 2017

Knocked up.....Now What? Basic labour packages in Bangkok

UPDATED at 7th April 2017

There is a lot to think about when you are growing a baby, and cost might not be at the forefront of your mind, but it is worth thinking about sooner, rather than later, as it may affect your decision of hospital (and Doctor).

If you do not have medical insurance that is covering the cost of your labour then the hospitals try to make it easier for you by advertising Birthing Packages, but you really do need to look into the small print.

Thursday, 23 February 2017

TIT - Top Tips for dealing with Doctors and Hospitals in Thailand

Just a quick post today as I was musing over what I thought made the most successful Doctor visits in Bangkok

Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Knocked up....now what? Maternity and Paternity Leave in Thailand

So I assume you are reading this post because you are pregnant and working in Thailand. 

Hmmmm, you are not going to like the next bit.

Expectants mothers are protected by law here (Labour Protection Act 1998), BUT we only get 90 days leave per pregnancy, and only 45 days of that is on full pay, the other 45 days is on the Social Welfare Fund, oh and that allowance includes weekends and any public holidays.

It sucks, and if at all possible it pays to plan your pregnancy when the public holidays are light, so for example in 2017 try to pop your little one out in Feb/March or June/July or Sept/Oct (www.timeanddate.com/holidays/thailand) Don't be like me and find yourself heavily pregnant in the hottest month of the year, and have the longest National Holiday in the middle of what would be ideal maternity leave. Such is life and if this pregnancy journey has taught me anything it is to "roll with the punches".

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Knocked up....now what? Cervical Examinations

Cervical exams used to be a routine procedure in Western practises for the later stages of pregnancy (normally from 36 weeks) I therefore, rightly or wrongly, questioned whether it was something routinely practised here in Thailand.