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Caesarean Section

Natural birth a tough sell in China’s caesarean boom

A nurse walks past a portrait of Genghis Khan in a maternity ward decorated as a ger at Antai Hospital in Beijing. Photo: AFP

As an automatic piano chimed a wedding march, new mother Wang Dan walked down a red carpet towards a hospital room called the “White House”, minutes after giving birth in a candlelit water pool.

Friday, 4 January, 2013, 12:07pm

Stand by me

Historically, women have been attended and supported by other women during labour. Yet in many places throughout the world, including Hong Kong - and because more women give birth in hospital than at home - continuous support during labour has become the exception rather than routine. Experts say this may contribute to the dehumanisation of women's birth experiences.

27 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Hospital agrees to probe suction delivery of baby

A baby boy may have been left brain-damaged after being delivered with a suction device and quickly developing a brain haemorrhage at Prince of Wales Hospital, the child's parents claimed yesterday.

After a meeting yesterday with doctors in charge of the case, the boy's father, Andy Ip Tat-ho, 30, urged the hospital to give a 'proper explanation' for his son's condition.

3 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Requests for Caesarean denied in birth blunder

Parents of a baby born this month say doctors at Queen Elizabeth Hospital denied their repeated requests for a Caesarean section delivery after a long, difficult labour, which led to the newborn's oxygen supply being cut for more than 20 minutes.

The parents met hospital doctors yesterday about the January 2 birth, but were unhappy with the outcome.

21 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Deliver us from greed when giving birth

Mammas let your babies grow up to be doctors. And make sure they become obstetricians - because what they have is a licence to print money, at least if they are in private practice.

17 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Baby first in Democrat's poll push

Democrat lawmaker James To Kun-sun said yesterday he would run in the upcoming district council elections. To had been undecided about whether to join the race, but has made up his mind to fight for a seat on Yau Tsim Mong District Council.

14 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Union Hospital puts curbs on mainlanders giving birth

A Sha Tin private hospital has become the first in Hong Kong to put curbs on births by mainland women in what it says is an effort to set a policy that others can follow.

From next year, the Union Hospital will ban what it terms high-risk births - including multiple births - while cutting its overall quota for mainland women by 10 per cent.

19 May 2011 - 12:00am

Early forced births 'child abuse', says top specialist

Parents choosing an early Caesarean section before 38 weeks for non-medical reasons - such as to give the newborn an auspicious birthday or to set a convenient booking date for agents and doctors - are creating what one neonatal specialist calls 'man-made' premature babies requiring intensive care.

18 May 2011 - 12:00am

Medical groups back audit of pregnant mums

Two medical professional associations have backed a call for hospitals to set up a data base to chart the treatment of every expectant mother.

It would include a mother's due date, attending doctor, number of prenatal checks, any complications and any use of neonatal intensive care services.

11 May 2011 - 12:00am

HK to tighten checks on mainland mums

Hong Kong is to tighten up the scrutiny of certificates which mainland mothers-to-be need in order to give birth in the city's hospitals as the controversy continues over pressure on maternity units.

In a related move, health chiefs will also set up a working group to carry out audits of all obstetric units to determine the number of births the city can handle each year.

29 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Police called over newborn's fracture

The parents of a girl born on Monday at Baptist Hospital called police after their baby was discovered to have a fractured leg and they found the hospital's explanation unsatisfactory.

23 Sep 2009 - 12:00am

Thousands rush to get married or give birth on auspicious day

As tens of thousands of couples rushed to tie the knot on yesterday's lucky date, many others were celebrating the births of their 'Olympic babies', making maternity hospitals some of the busiest places on the mainland.

9 Aug 2008 - 12:00am

Detained Aids activist flees during chaos

The earthquake was a mixed blessing for Li Xige, an Aids activist from Ningling county, Henan province, who had been detained by police in a hotel.

'I fled from the hotel as the officers were apparently carried away by the quake and the panic,' she said.

13 May 2008 - 12:00am

Local mothers deserve priority over outsiders in HK hospitals

When I was three months pregnant with my first child, I made a booking through my obstetrician at the Adventist Hospital. A deposit of HK$20,000 was required to confirm, but not guarantee, my reservation. I visited the hospital on November 7, a week before my due date, and learned I was still on a waiting list.

27 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Local mothers must get priority in Hong Kong's private hospitals

There is absolutely no question that local mothers should be given priority at private hospitals.

Local mothers support Hong Kong's medical industry by spending privately for all antenatal care. Mainland Chinese women who fly in for an elective Caesarean section do not.

In addition, local mothers have no other option.

28 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

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