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Going into Labour

The Labour Ward comprises 8 single delivery suites enabling all mothers to give birth in privacy and is open 24 hours.

Before Delivery

What should you bring along to the Labour Ward?

  • Antenatal Pink Card
  • Your's and Your Spouse’s/Partner’s NRIC (or passport if Non-Singaporean)

When should you come down to the Labour Ward?

If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and experience:
  • Regular uterine contractions or abdominal pain
  • Rupture of water bag
  • Sensation/urge of pushing
  • Any vaginal bleeding
  • Baby is less active or is not moving

Things to note on admission to the Labour Ward:

  • Inform the midwife if you intend to claim your placenta
  • Inform the midwife if you intend to donate or collect your cord blood
  • Only husbands are allowed in the delivery suite. However, in the absence of a husband, a female companion may be nominated to accompany you
  • For infant security and the privacy of labouring mothers, no visitors are allowed in the Labour Ward
  • No food and drinks are allowed during labour. In cases of lengthy labour, an intravenous hydration will be initiated. Please do have a light meal before coming to the labour ward
  • No photography is allowed until the baby’s arrival

Baby monitoring

During labour, mothers will be monitored continuously by the cardiotocograph machine to keep track of the baby’s health

What if you are in pain?

There are 3 kinds of pain relief:
Entonox Gas
(mild to moderate pain relief)
Pethidine Injection
(moderate to severe pain relief) 
Epidural Analgesia infusion
(keeps you awake and alert, yet relatively free of pain) 
  • Start breathing in the gas before each contraction begins. Remove your mask when the contractions end
  • Gas has to be inhaled intermittently throughout the course of labour 
  • More effective in early stage of labour and lasts for 3 to 4 hours
  • It is a form of regional anesthesia involving injection or infusion to the lower spine
  • Offered when the mother’s cervix is more than 3cm dilated

Time for delivery!

  • Your doctor or midwife will inform you when to start pushing (when your cervix is fully dilated)
  • Your doctor will decide if a caesarean section is necessary
  • During emergency caesareans, husbands will not be able to witness the deliveries

Baby is here!

As SGH is Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative accredited, bonding will be encouraged by:

  • Initiation of skin-to-skin contact by having the mother cradle her child immediately for an hour, depending on the initial assessment of baby
  • Allowing the baby to initiate the first latch onto the nipple during this first hour
  • Mother and baby to be transferred together to the postnatal ward unless in exceptional cases