The Cost of Having A Baby in Singapore

As one of the most expensive cities in the world, having a kid in Singapore is one costly affair. Even with the baby bonus provided, having a baby requires more than just being mentally prepared.

From engaging a gynae for your monthly visits, ultra scans to the mode of delivery, the cost of a baby starts from the moment you stepped into Watsons to get a pregnancy kit.

But of course, the joy and happiness (and headaches) of having a child in your family is well worth it.

Gynaecologist

This is tricky as every gynae charge differently. On average, each visit to the gynae will set you back at least S$100 excluding medication/ultrasounds/CTG/blood tests. Some gynae provides prenatal packages and it could be a great saver. For example, my gynae has a package like this:

Antental package with Dr. Wong Heng Fok
Antental package with Dr. Wong Heng Fok – https://www.thomsonmedical.com/doctor/dr-wong-heng-fok/

11 visits should be enough to cover you for the entire pregnancy (with no complications that is). And the multi-vitamins is good even while you are breastfeeding, so definitely a saver! The delivery charges for each gynae varies. It can range from S$2,000 – S$5,000 depending on how well-known your gynae is and the complexities of the delivery (natural, assisted or cesarean).

Tests/Ultrascans

Every mummy starts worrying the moment they know they are pregnant. Tests/Ultrascans are here to ease your anxieties! Not all tests/scans are compulsory and your gynae will advise on the tests/scans you will need. Below are some common prenatal tests/scans.

Scan When What does it do Cost (S$)*
Dating/Viability Ultrasound Scans Week 6-8 An ultrascan test to confirm that the foetus is developing well and that there is a heartbeat and to conclude an estimated due date (EDD) 50-100
OSCAR scan (optional) Week 11 – 14 This is an optional screening for chromosomal abnormalities, in particular for Down Syndrome. This is for if you have family history or of higher age group. 300 – 400
Fetal anomaly scan Week 18 – 22  A detailed scan to screen for structural fetal anomalies and soft markers of chromosomal abnormalities. 200-300
Oral Glucose Tolerance Test Week 28  The Oral Glucose Tolerance Test (OGTT) is done to check for gestation diabetics that occurs with pregnancy. 30-50
Vaginal swab test  week 36  To test for Group B Streptococcus (GBS), a bacteria which can cause potential infections to your baby when they pass through the birth canal. 60-75

*Prices are approximate and will vary from clinic to clinic

 

The Delivery

And finally, for the big day. The table below is compiled from MOH website based on how much 75 percentile of the patients paid for their delivery in various hospitals. This is based on delivery without epidural and non-assisted delivery.

Normal Delivery

Public Ward A Ward B1 Ward B2+ Ward B2 Ward C

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

S$5,943 S$4,231 S$3,135 S$2,372 S$1,558

National University Hospital

S$5,680 S$3,814 S$1,329 S$1,003

Singapore General Hospital

S$5,689 S$4,068 S$1,943 S$1,653

 

Private 1 Bedded 2 Bedded 4 Bedded

Gleneagles Hospital

S$11,849 S$8,620

Mount Alvernia Hospital

S$9,130 S$7,101

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

S$11,963 S$8,608

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

S$10,580

Parkway East Hospital

S$7,937 S$6,259 S$5,588

Raffles Hospital

S$10,663

Thomson Medical Centre
(Detailed packages)

S$8,328 S$6,676 S$6,019

(source from MOH website)

 

Delivery (Caesarean section) 

Public Ward A Ward B1 Ward B2+ Ward B2 Ward C

KK Women’s and Children’s Hospital

S$10,442 S$8,224 S$5,588 S$4,137 S$2,732

National University Hospital

S$8,392 S$5,840 S$1,871 S$1,359

Singapore General Hospital

S$9,492 S$7,747 S$3,088 S$2,320

 

Private 1 Bedded 2 Bedded 4 Bedded

Gleneagles Hospital

 S$18,912  S$14,148

Mount Alvernia Hospital

 S$12,532  S$10,373

Mount Elizabeth Hospital

 S$18,496  S$12,726

Mount Elizabeth Novena Hospital

 S$16,919

Parkway East Hospital

 S$13,171  S$10,818  S$10,532

Raffles Hospital

 S$18,343

Thomson Medical Centre

 S$12,296  S$10,168  S$8,989

(source from MOH website, last updated 31 Aug 2017)

 

Confinement

Confinement is a traditional practice that aimed at helping the new mum recover and restore their vigor from the delivery of a newborn. It is widely practiced in Asian countries and while some countries has confinement centers, Singaporeans do their confinement at home with a stay-in confinement lady or confinement food catering.

A 28 days confinement stay-in nanny can set you back around S$2,600 – S$3,500, depending on how experienced the nanny is and whether it is peak/festive period (which can double the cost). And these are not including the cost of medicinal herbs, ingredients for food and angbaos to be prepared for the 28 days of confinement.

If you are just opting for confinement food catering, it can also set you back from S$1,500 onward for a 28 days lunch and dinner package.

And of course there are also the miscellaneous such as stroller, baby cot, breast pump, milk bottles etc. But remember, how much you spend is totally optional. Not every baby needs the most expensive baby cot. Instead, spend more time to care, love and nurture your little one!

Check out our list of essentials for your newborn. Also not forgetting the baby bonus you can get as a Singaporean!

There you go, are you ready for your newborn?

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