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Going into Labour

Where Should I Go?

Please come to the Labour Ward if you are pregnant and >20 weeks and have

  • Abdominal or contraction pain
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Leaking of water
  • Reduced or no baby movements
  • Headache or blurring of vision

The Labour Ward is located at Block 5 Level 2 and is open 24 hours. You may also contact the attending midwife at 6321 4520 if you are unsure if you should come to the Labour Ward.

What Can I Expect?

You will be assessed by the midwives and doctors on duty. This may include a vaginal examination, ultrasound scan and/or monitoring of the baby's heartbeat. The team will then advise you on your subsequent management.

Highlights of our Labour Ward include  

  • Cosy and recently renovated delivery suites
  • Upgraded electronic monitoring systems for fetal and maternal surveillance during labour
  • 24-hour medical, neonatology, anaesthetic and operating theatre support

Husbands are encouraged to support their wives during labour and delivery. Please note that for infant security and the privacy of labouring mothers, no other visitors are allowed in the delivery suite. If your husband is not available, a female companion may be nominated to accompany you.

What Should I Bring?

Please bring along your

  • Pink card (antenatal hand held notes)
  • NRIC or passport for you and your spouse
  • Original marriage certificate, if you are planning to register your baby's birth at SGH
  • Hospital Bag

What Should I Pack in my Hospital Bag?

SGH will provide the following* –



  • Swaddles, baby hat and vest
  • Disposable diapers
  • Wet wipes
  • Tissue paper
  • Towels
  • Sanitary pads
  • Perineal ice pack (Epi-Kool)
  • Nipple cream


*Certain items may only be provided on request. Please check with your ward team if you require these items.

Other useful items to pack in your Hospital Bag include

  • Loose clothes
  • Sweater
  • Undergarments
  • Maternity bras without underwire
  • Socks
  • Bedroom slippers
  • Personal toiletries
  • Personal breast pump & nursing pillow (Sterilisers and hospital grade breast pumps available in the wards)
  • Chargers for handphones and other electric equipment
  • Baby car-seat

Pain relief options (including epidural) for women in labour

Pain relief methods are available to labouring women in Singapore General Hospital. If you have not decided at the time of labour, you can seek advice from the midwife who is with you in the labour ward.

Find out more about pain relief options here >