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Inequality at public maternity wards

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    Are there home births in HK or does that concept not exist here?

    Found the answer to my question... wow.

    http://www.annerley.com.hk/blog/home...ery-hong-kong/


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    Quote Originally Posted by jgl
    When reading the article, it seemed that the concept of 'resource' revolved solely around the availability of OG/GYNs, rather than wards or delivery rooms. Was lack of space a reason? I didn't read too closely.
    The call to give women a choice was made by a woman calling herself Mrs Chan whose delivery last October was postponed for 2.5 hours as the delivery wards at Prince of Wales Hospital were “full”. Her baby girl died four days after birth.
    There is also more detail in the video. She says there were 39 other women in the ward and was told there was no room - either regular or delivery suite - for her to proceed with labor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    Are there home births in HK or does that concept not exist here?

    Found the answer to my question... wow.

    Home Delivery - Homebirth in Hong Kong
    Home births are pretty much banned in HK unless it happens by accident. Many women who have enough money for some private care but not enough to deliver at Matilda etc. hire midwives to help them labor at home for as long as possible and then rush to the hospital just to pop the baby out. If they would make it legal then a lot of those women would just deliver at home and leave hospital beds for those in need.
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    Quote Originally Posted by merchantms
    Home births are pretty much banned in HK unless it happens by accident. Many women who have enough money for some private care but not enough to deliver at Matilda etc. hire midwives to help them labor at home for as long as possible and then rush to the hospital just to pop the baby out. If they would make it legal then a lot of those women would just deliver at home and leave hospital beds for those in need.
    The article does appear to say it is legal but you have to jump through a few hoops.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine
    The article does appear to say it is legal but you have to jump through a few hoops.
    I can just imagine the "CANNOTs" you would get turning up at the public hospital with a baby you have delivered at home.
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    Not suprising for Shatin, the district with the largest population, isolated from other districts by congested tunnels and MTR trains, and only one public maternity hospital.

    Public sector medical care is very stressful due to the large demand arising from high population density.


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    @shri weren't you saying a few weeks ago that the private beds at QMH are always booked up by civil servants? Do you think it's the same at other hospitals as well? Beds that could be spared for those in urgent need...


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