Posted by unattendedbag (327 days ago)
Yes, the father would be allowed in for delivery at POW. Unless a C-section is required.
The mother is also allowed to be with the baby right away at POW (provided their are no complications of course). At some private hospitals that is not the case.
Visitations for the father are limited at POW to a few hours a day and children under 12 can not visit. This is likely due to sharing a ward with dozens of moms. Kids could bring germs, and unlimited visitation would be chaos.
POW is the "University" hospital and it has state of the art equipment/technology etc. They also do a LOT of births, mostly mainland chinese so they are VERY busy. You will get good care, but you won't get good prsonalised service and communication like you might get at a private. You will be tossed into an essembly line so to speak.....and will come away with your baby in three days :)
The antenatal checkups are not the big expense at the private hospitals....it is the birth itself and rooms. You can expect to pay anywhere from 60,000 - 120,000 + at most private hospitals for the birth alone.
If you are looking at POW hospital in Sha Tin, one alternative might be Union Hospital in Tai Wai. They are private and it is very new/clean and relaxed, Union is not as expensive as say Matilda or Adventist...though still not cheap.
(I am based in Hong Kong)