I'm an American woman, living in Nakhon Si Thammarat, due in August. I'm looking for suggestions on doctors, hospitals and birthing options that are actually available here. Anyone have any information on my area?
Giving Birth in Nakhon Si Thammarat
Hi, I don't have information available off the top of my head, but I've asked some people I know, and they're asking people - will get back to you!
I am living in Khanom, and my Thai friend had C-section in Thaksin Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat. C-Section was planned but very good thing was that in hospital they supported breast feeding and my friend is still breast feeding, baby is around 7months.
I have two year old son and when he was only 2 months old, we already lived in Nakhon Si Thammarat province, he got very high fever and nothing stayed in. He spend two nights in Thaksin hospital and I must say even though hospital looks quite old and there is only few nurses who speaks good English, how they took care of my son was fantastic! And bill was so cheap in the end even I think there was some "farang extra".
One thing that I noticed that time was that I need to demand things from doctor my self, for example that time H1N1 (sfine flu) was spreading in Finland and my family had just visited us so of course my first thought was H1N1. Doctor was more like "no, I don't think so" and I demanded to make a test. Doctor said "but sample need to be sent to Bangkok and it is expensive", I asked "How much", he answered "around 5000baht". I said to him that 28 Finnish has died because of this virus and 5000 baht is small money to find out if my child is having same virus. So he took the sample and send it to Bangkok and next day we got results.
But because these things are expensive for normal salary Thais, doctors try to find cheaper results. Unfortunately this is not what we've used to so we need to demand things....
My next due date is in end of April and because I am really against planned C-section, I will go to Bangkok Samui Hospital where I don't need to fight too much about natural delivery...
Still working on your question, but not much luck so far! Someone referred me to this book on natural childbirth in Thai: คลอดเองได้ง่ายนิดเดียว which can be ordered online:
In the back, there is a list of hospitals which should support natural childbirth (if that is what you want, it sounds like you are still exploring options). Of course, not all hospitals might have good English-speaking support, so a lot also depends on how comfortable you are in communicating in Thai.
Will keep posting info as I find it.
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