Carrying and birthing a baby is no joke but there’s some relief if you have family and friends around as a support system. It becomes more complex when you live in foreign land as an expat. With often little or no help, the high cost of bringing in a family member overseas and the excruciatingly painful paper work in some cases.
I am from Nigeria and my husband is from Sierra Leone. We’ve been in Malaysia for 3 years. We moved here in November 2015 but before moving here permanently, we often visited Malaysia because my husband worked here. We have 4 kids and all 4 were born in different countries.
The first one was born in Nigeria, the second was born in Thailand, the third was born in Vietnam, and the 4th who happens to be the princess of the house was born here in Malaysia.
Did you take any prenatal classes? If No was it because they were not available or accessible or you just didn’t want to?
No I didn’t take any prenatal classes because I was not aware anything like that existed. No one ever mentioned to me. If I had known about it I sure would have gone through it because I guess its extremely important for first time moms.
Did you have a Vaginal birth or C-section? If yes, why?
Yes I had a C-section. My Malaysian born baby was a C-section due to my pregnancy history. The first one was natural, but with the second, the amniotic fluid had dried out, and I wasn’t contracting neither was I dilating. So a C-section was inevitable. With the second, the doctor told me I didn’t stand a chance since I hadn’t reached the 2year wait time for a c-section. With my last child, I waited to conceive after 2 years, I even managed my weight properly so as to stand a chance for natural but I still ended up with a csection.
How would you assess the quality of care?
For me it’s good. It’s very safe here to have a baby here in Malaysia.
Were you referred a hospital or what criteria did you use in choosing the hospital you delivered in?
I contacted some local friends who helped me out. I was looking for was quality, affordability and proximity and I got all I was looking for thankfully.
Tell me about your doctor and your pregnancy experience?
One Interesting thing about the hospital I chose here in Malaysia is that, they let you try out several doctors and you only get to settle with the one you are most comfortable with. After my first meeting with the very first doctor, I knew straight away that he was the one. No more searching for me. He was very good, so friendly, caring, Godly and he made me feel like I was the only patient and that I mattered.
What’s the average cost of delivery in Malaysia?
- normal delivery will cost RM6000-8000 (approx $1,400 – $2000)
- C-section RM9,000-12,000 ($2000 – $2,800)
But government hospitals are way cheaper than the above figures. Just in case you have a right budget.
Did you have insurance coverage?
No everything was a paid out of pocket.
Now we were told that, if it becomes an emergency, we will have to pay an extra fee amounting up to RM14,000.
So was yours an emergency?
Yes it was. My EDD (Expected Date of Delivery) was 01/12/2016. On the 3/11/17, my husband and I went to checkout the specialist hospital which my doctor recommended would be cheaper. I liked what I saw on arrival. Although It was small, it was also very clean and the staffs were friendly. I also noticed on the hospital adverts screen that the cost of delivery through CS was RM6000. So we thought it wise to register since we had just 4 more weeks to go.
Does the vaccination calendar differ from Nigeria?
Wow I gave birth to my first son 14years ago so I really do not remember. But I will say its possible that it could differ.
What is the paper work like for a foreigner who delivers in Malaysia?
At the hospital, you are given 60 days temporal birth certificate. Then you get other forms you need to fill and most importantly the antenatal booklet, which you take to the JPN (National registration department) in Malaysia where birth certificates are registered. You must apply within 60days of the birth date. Failure to do so becomes a complicated issue.
Do kids born here have Malaysian nationality?
No, they do not. Except one of the parents is Malaysian.
Were you part of any post natal support group in the absence of your family?
Thank God for my supportive husband.
In addition, my local church friends were supportive. Always there when I needed them thankfully.i
Is it advisable to have a baby here in Malaysia or travel back to your home country?
If I have to compare the medical care to when I gave birth to my son in Nigeria 14years ago, then I would say it’s better give birth here if you are a resident. I’m not sure about the state of things now in Nigeria but I think giving birth here would be worth it.
What advice would you give to anyone who plans to have a baby in Malaysia?
- Know your budget and if possible, see if you can deposit ahead of time. Or better still, get an insurance.
- If you’re asked to pay a certain amount, find out what it covers and what it does not cover, so you don’t end up gathering extra charges you do not plan for.
- And don’t forget to find out if they have a kitchen lol.
Disclaimer: The above are personal experiences and should not be used to judge the majority.
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