Pregnancy: The Cost of Having a Baby in Singapore

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Singapore is notorious for the high costs that come along with having a child, so much so that it children are often seen as a liability. However, settling down and having a family brings much joy. If you’re looking to start a family and need some help with the cost breakdown of pregnancy and delivery, you’ve come to the right place.

Pre-Pregnancy

If you’ve started planning for a baby, you may want to consider some pre-pregnancy screenings. While this is optional, it would be a good idea to ensure that you are in optimal condition to have a baby. These can include tests like pap smears, psychological assessments and ultrasounds. Depending on which tests you opt for and where you choose to do them at, prices can run from roughly $100 to $200 per test. Some hospitals and clinics offer pre-pregnancy screening packages, which may work out cheaper if you are planning on doing a thorough check.

First Trimester

So you’ve confirmed your pregnancy. Congratulations! Charges will be based on which hospital you choose to go to, and whether your gynaecologist works in the public or private health sector. A series of blood tests, ultrasounds and other tests will have to be done. Do your research on which hospital you would like to commit to, and if you want to estimate the costs, you can use this handy tool from Ministry of Health. Here is a list of the tests you should get.

Second Trimester and Third Trimester

After the first few visits, you’ll be able to sign up for a package that’ll contain all the essential tests. These can run from $400 to $2,000, depending on the hospital. However, ultrasounds are not often part of the package and will costs an additional $100 to $200 each time. Remember to keep fit while you’re pregnant, no, you don’t need to cut exercise out of your routine.

Delivery

You’re soon hitting the 39 week mark, and it’s time to say hello to your new baby. Delivery charges range wildly, and here’s just what to expect.

Vaginal Delivery

Prices can range from slightly less than $1,000 to $10,000, depending on the type of ward and hospital. Of course, if you choose to go the public route, things will be much cheaper.

Caesarian Section

Due to the nature of the procedure, Caesarian Section is more expensive, running from $1,100 to $16,000. While we hope that this will never be the case, if serious complications are involved, you will have to pay more as well.

For more information, Seedly provides a more detailed breakdown of the charges involved.