Being a working expat we have limited support system. Technically we’re on our own. With a child on the way my husband and I needed to have all things covered.
Both my kids were born in a hospital. I wouldn’t probably have it any other way since there were possibilities of Caesarian Section specially with my second child. Luckily though I had normal delivery for both despite the risks.
Here are some preparations we did.
- Days before the delivery schedule, we mapped out the route to take from the house to the hospital taking into consideration time and traffic conditions.
- Necessary things were all placed in one big bag to prevent cases of things getting lost or forgotten.
- Pack only the essentials like mom’s going home clothings, sanitary napkins and toiletries (although these are provided), enough new born necessities – clothes, diapers, baby wipes.
- It would also be great to have hot packs to warm your mammary glands, otherwise milk won’t come out and breastfeeding is painful (my nipples were bruised). Government hospitals are strictly implementing breastfeeding program. So formula milk is not allowed. But we sneaked in some, no milk was coming out and my daughter was bawling her eyes out of hunger. What can we do we’re parents.
- Secure pertinent documents like passports, work permit, and insurance card (I’ve got Prakansangkom, government insurance). And also a copy of house registration (สำเนาทะเบียนบ้าน) is needed . Secure this from the house owner.
- Prepare your baby’s name written in Thai letters on a piece of paper. Birth certificates are in Thai which require name written in Thai. So you would have to have it translated to English or your countries language for registration. Here’s how.
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