Pregnancy and childbirth in Thailand: what you need to know
For Tay entrenched image of a paradise for all that is connected with motherhood. It should be noted — quite reasonable. For pregnant women and children in this country are treated with love and joy. The tropical climate and the sea have a beneficial effect on the body and mood. That is why in the plane flying in the direction of Thailand, you will definitely see one or two pregnant women and a couple of families with babies.
Despite the remoteness and certain difficulties of a long flight, to the mass of other difficulties associated primarily with domestic issues — to carry out pregnancy and childbirth in Thailand has become in recent decades a popular practice among young families from European countries.
Should I carry out pregnancy in Thailand? This issue is appropriate to consider in three aspects:
- The very nature of this place is conducive to the birth of life, growth and development. The tropical climate is extremely saturated with energy created by the sun, wind, rain, thousands of species of plants, birds, insects and animals.
- A pregnant woman in Thailand is in the most natural conditions. Every day you can swim — which is very useful in this position. The purest sea air, the sun, warmth and unhurried walks along the embankment in the company of such pregnant women — all this sets up the right mood, gives positive emotions.
- There is no stress. At all. Thailand is a place of harmony and smiles in which you want to enjoy life.
- No need to bother with clothes. First, it needs a little: only a summer wardrobe. Secondly, it can be the simplest, but convenient. In Thailand, it is not customary to dress up in brand clothes.
- It is noted that babies in Taia are almost not naughty: they just feel good here.
Many believe that the main risk is a long flight. In fact, there is nothing extraordinary in a flight. Yes — for a long time, with a change of time zone, often with a transfer, — but all this is quite portable: the seats in the planes are comfortable, food is provided, somewhere in Dubai you can go around the airport duty-free, buy something, and the time difference — only 4-5 hours. The main risks await on the other side of the world.
It sounds trite. Many will say that they do not feel acclimatized. However, the body is experiencing overload due to changes in environmental parameters: air temperature, humidity, another microenvironment and, in addition, changes in diet. For a pregnant woman, this is a great stress, especially in the first trimester, since the body of a woman during this period is still in the phase of general restructuring: here both toxicoses, hormonal changes, and immunity lability.
How such a double stress can end at the beginning of pregnancy — no one will say for sure. However, gynecologists warn of the danger of climate change during the initial adaptation of a pregnant woman.
One of the advantages of the southern country is a large number of fresh and inexpensive fruits and vegetables. However, in the case of a pregnant woman, this advantage can turn into a risk not so much for her as for her unborn child. It is known that a pregnant woman in her diet should adhere to the usual model, i.e. use what before pregnancy.
Overseas fruits, especially when they are available in large quantities, can cause allergic reactions in women and predispose to the development of allergies in the unborn child.
In the matter of food exotic, the main thing is to know when to stop. Well, strive to adhere to the status quo in the diet. The latter is not difficult: in the areas where tourists live, almost all products familiar to us are sold. Frequent problem — milk, cottage cheese, sour cream, etc .: they simply do not exist. But recently this problem has been solved.
In Thailand, there are many not only birds and butterflies, but also mosquitoes and various bacteria. The first to suffer dengue fever. The latter can cause any disease — from a respiratory infection to an intestinal infection. To this should be added constantly working air conditioners everywhere, creating significant temperature drops and drafts. But in general, all this is not so critical.
Dengue fever is something similar to our SARS-flu, which can also be “caught” in the homeland. Therefore: apply mosquito cream to exposed skin areas, wash hands more often, drink boiled water only, eat only washed fruits and vegetables, thermally process food — following the basic rules will save you from diseases by 100%.
Pregnancy management is not covered by standard insurance. Therefore, for each visit to the clinic will have to pay. It all depends on the financial capabilities and the expected level of service.
As in many countries, in Thailand, clinics are represented by 2 types: budget and private. In the municipal (budget) clinics everything is much more modest and more democratic, there are queues. A separate female consultation is not provided: the gynecologist’s office is located in the general corridor — the same place as other doctors’ offices. There are no queues at private clinics, interiors are more abrupt. But as a medical aid, judging by the reviews who have given birth in Thailand, there is no difference. But in the cost of medical services the difference is palpable.
Conducting uncomplicated pregnancy according to the Thai rules includes a monthly visit to the doctor, who each time inspects, makes ultrasound, sends for tests, prescribes vitamins. In the last month of pregnancy, an obstetrician-gynecologist is visited weekly.
Each appointment in the municipal clinic will cost from $ 10 + procedures, tests and medications. On average, one visit is about $ 20. A total of 5-6 months of observation will be about $ 150. This is — if everything goes without complications, without the need to go on conservation, etc. By the way, if one or other pregnancy complications arise, this is recognized as an insured event and expenses are covered by insurance. Births take in the same clinic in which the gynecologist watched the pregnant woman. It may happen that this will be the same doctor who controlled the pregnancy.
The birth in Thailand will cost about $ 150 (municipal clinic). Plus, in addition: hospital fees after childbirth — a private room in which the whole family can be ($ 40 + per day), vaccinations, medicines, procedures, food. All together — $ 300-400.
In private Thai clinics — 10 times more expensive. In this case, they prefer to do a cesarean section, even in the absence of obvious indications. And this means that only delivery in Thailand will cost not $ 150, but $ 1500 (with a caesarean section — $ 3000). Depending on the complexity of the case, the amount may increase by 2-3 times. Monthly expenses (housing / groceries, etc.) — $ 1000 for two. Prices are approximate minimum-average.
- Conducting pregnancy in Thailand has more advantages. You can give birth to a healthy and full of strength child here without any problems.
- All existing risks can be leveled by following certain rules and observing basic sanitary and hygienic norms.
- Under the budget option, expenses for 9 months will not exceed $ 10,000, not including flights and visa expenses.
Where better to carry out pregnancy and childbirth in Thailand
Definitely — in the cities. The islands (with the exception of Phuket) disappear, because The level of medical care in their clinics is not very high, the equipment is often outdated, and if that happens, they will still be taken to the clinic of the nearest large city.
In Chiang Mai, with medical services, judging by the reviews, everything is in order. In addition, there is cheaper — and housing, and products. A significant disadvantage is the absence of the sea, but you can rent a house with a small pool for about the same money as an apartment near the sea. In general — who is in priority.
In Bangkok, the best clinics. But the city itself is big, noisy, dusty, hot, with high prices for housing and food. There is no sea. At the same time, if you have a car, the suburb of Bangkok can be very good.
In Pattaya, good clinics, a lot of Russian-speaking public. Of the benefits — proximity to Bangkok. Of the minuses — a beach holiday in the classical sense is not very associated with Pattaya. Again — the suburbs can be a good alternative.
Rayong. Pros — proximity to the center, you can save on rental housing.
Hua Hin — perhaps one of the best options. Resort area, prices are moderate, there is an airport near the city, relatively close to Bangkok.
Phuket is a great option where you can give birth if you are willing to spend more than in Bangkok. Housing expensive, products — too. The island has 2 municipal clinics and several private ones. Medical services on the island are among the best in Thailand. Mainly due to the large number of foreign patients.
Should I give birth in Thailand
Childbirth in Thailand is at least extravagant. Not every woman has this opportunity. Today, many foreigners prefer to give birth in this country and are satisfied with both the management of pregnancy and the quality of medical care at birth.
Thailand is an atmospheric place with extremely positive energy. Here, somehow everything is simple, naturally, without unnecessary tension. Problems remain far, new acquaintances appear, Thais treat farangs well. In general, the atmosphere is conducive.
It should be noted that a child born on the territory of Thailand does not automatically receive citizenship of this country. However, a Thai birth certificate will be relevant if, as an adult, he expresses a desire to become a Thai citizen (the procedure for obtaining citizenship is the same for all foreigners).
How to deal with a visa
Definitely receive a tourist visa, single or multiple:
- $ 40 — for 3 months. with an uninterrupted stay of 30 days;
- $ 200 — for 6 months. 60 days uninterrupted stay
The second option, of course, more preferred. But even in this case, every 2 months will have to leave the country to any neighboring: Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia. It is difficult for a pregnant woman to make such a border-run one day, even on an airplane. Therefore, each such trip for two costs an additional $ 300 +, including a night at a hotel, a visa to a neighboring country, travel, meals. Plus, the same $ 300 +, if you need to make a new visa to Thailand in connection with the end of the old one.
Thus, the visa expenses of two adults for a 9-month stay will be 200 + 200 + 300 * 3 + 40 + 40. Total — $ 1380. It should be borne in mind that a pregnant woman will need a medical certificate indicating the gestational age for carrying out a border-visa-wound flight by air. According to the rules, airlines are not allowed to transport pregnant women at a late period (as a rule, the last 1.5 months). Learn more about the rules in the offices of air carriers.
What language is spoken in Thai clinics
The nursing staff speaks Thai, but at any clinic there are several people who speak English and can act as interpreters. Doctors understand English. In some clinics, for example, in Bangkok, people from Russia work, who also often act as translators.