Maternity Services

Pampering and protests on Mother's Day

Priscilla Chan and daughter Kiki join in the 'Kiss Mama Campaign' in Mong Kok. Photo: Nora Tam

"The most important thing on Mother's Day is to be good and listen to your mum. Every day should be Mother's Day," said 16-year-old Amy Wong Tsz-ching, who woke up extra early yesterday morning to visit a Chinese restaurant for yum cha with her mother and grandma.

Monday, 13 May, 2013, 8:27am

Maternity tourism grows booming in South Korea

South Korea's maternity facilities are attracting mothers-to-be from around Asia. Photo: Matt Douma

First-time mother-to-be Yulia Batichenko was anxious as the big day approached. In particular, she worried about the cleanliness and reliability of the maternity facilities available in her native Russia.

10 Apr 2013 - 3:44am

Don't bank on trade from mainland Chinese mothers, CY warns medics

Hong Kong's medical industry should not rely on the 'doomed' business of treating mainland mothers-to-be, Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying has warned. Photo: Bloomberg

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was addressing how the zero-tolerance policy for expectant mainland mothers in Hong Kong's maternity wards could affect the city's obstetrics industry. Yesterday marked the first time he had done so since the ban came into effect in January.

18 Mar 2013 - 4:44am 7 comments

Agency offers to beat 'zero birth' ban for mainland mums

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect. Photo: Dickson Lee

Mainland agencies who help pregnant women from across the border to reserve maternity bed spaces in Hong Kong claim they will still be able to do so after the "zero-birth quota" comes into effect at midnight tonight, a South China Morning Post investigation has found.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:51pm

Private hospital doubles fees for mainland Chinese mothers

Union Hospital nursery. Photo: Felix Wong

A private hospital plans to double its fee, to at least HK$200,000, for mainland mothers who come to its emergency ward to give birth, starting from next year.

5 Nov 2012 - 3:14pm

Maternity fees drive surge in hospital gripes

Private hospitals must be more open about services and charges included in their maternity care packages, the Consumer Council has said, after billing disputes drove an eightfold jump in the number of complaints about the services.

16 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Mainland wives rush to book hospital beds

Mainland women hoping to give birth in Hong Kong are booking maternity services through agents as early as five weeks into their pregnancies after the government tightened the supply of obstetric beds.

Some agents have stopped taking requests from women who are more than eight weeks pregnant.

21 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Hospitals curb services for mainland mums

Officials at two leading private hospitals in obstetrics care said yesterday they had taken steps to cut or freeze childbirth services for mainland mothers.

They said they did this long before the government said it wanted hospitals to exercise 'self-discipline'.

1 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Even a booking does not ensure maternity bed for local mother

Local mothers should definitely be given priority for maternity services at private hospitals. We pay taxes, this is our home and we should expect that with basic services such as health care, priority is given to locals.

30 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Hospitals urged to ban standby lists for mothers

Private hospitals should review their booking systems, the director of health said yesterday in response to complaints that some pregnant women had been denied beds.

'There should not be a standby list for maternity services - it creates uncertainty and confusion,' Lam Ping-yan said. 'If a mother cannot secure a bed at the last minute, it causes much stress for her.

27 Nov 2007 - 12:00am

Delivering the goods

THE RECENT FURORE over pregnant mainland women coming to Hong Kong to give birth has focused wider public attention on the costs for maternity services and the fact that providing them has become a competitive business.

2 Mar 2007 - 12:00am