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Going into Labour

What’s special about delivering at SGH?

  • Cosy and recently renovated delivery suites 
  • Upgraded electronic monitoring systems for better fetal and maternal surveillance during labour 
  • 24-hour neonatology and anaesthetic support 
  • Delicious confinement menu created with nutritional advice from hospital dietitians
  • Nursing support for immediate skin-to-skin contact after vaginal and Caesarean deliveries
  • Certified in-house lactation consultants 
  • Same-site birth certificate registration 
  • 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

Where is the Labour Ward and when are you open?

The Labour Ward is located at Blk 5 Level 2. It is open 24 hours. 

What should you bring along to the Labour Ward?

  • Antenatal Pink Card
  • Patient’s and partner’s NRIC (or Passport for foreigners)
  • Marriage certificate (if you plan to register your baby at the hospital) 
  • Hospital bag for you and your baby 
Please inform the midwife if you intend to claim your placenta or donate/collect your cord blood

When should you come down to the Labour Ward?

If you are more than 20 weeks pregnant and experience:
  • Regular uterine contractions 
  • Abdominal pain
  • Rupture of water bag
  • Vaginal bleeding
  • Sensation/urge to push 
  • Baby being less active or not moving

Can my husband accompany me in the delivery suite? 

Yes! 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. 

After Delivery

As SGH is Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) accredited, we will encourage bonding by* 
  • Initiation of skin-to-skin contact by having the mother cradle her child immediately for an hour 
  • Allowing the baby to initiate the first latch onto the nipple during this first hour
  • Transferring mother and baby together to the postnatal ward
*these steps may vary depending on the initial assessment of the baby