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.

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New genetic testing clinic opens next week at Prince of Wales Hospital

The Chinese University's outpatient genetic clinic set up in collaboration with a US medical school will open next week to train more experts and provide a wider range of tests.

The clinic at the Prince of Wales Hospital will offer consultation services and diagnosis for genetic diseases such as growth disorders and autism.

15 Sep 2012 - 3:16am

Forced-abortion case husband goes missing

The husband of a woman who earlier this month was forced to abort a seven-month-old fetus in Zhenping county, Shaanxi, has been missing since Sunday night after the family suffered days of harassment by local officials.

26 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Warning over illegal abortion drugs

Women who use abortion drugs they buy illegally are putting their lives at risk, says a family planning group offering abortion by medication.

The Family Planning Association of Hong Kong began a trial of medication-induced, as opposed to surgical, abortion in November last year, and will continue to offer the treatment after it proved successful in 96 of the first 100 cases.

4 May 2012 - 12:00am

Special delivery

The decision was easy for nature enthusiasts Ma Fung-yan and Fung Kin-hang. When the time came to deliver their first child, they opted for a home birth.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Stay in the comfort zone

When British teacher Claire Nazer gave birth to her first child, Mila, a few years ago, she wanted to put off her hospital stay for as long as possible, and enlisted midwife Hulda Thorey's help to cope with a dash to Matilda International Hospital.

29 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Pilates perks with baby in tow

The arrival of a baby typically overwhelms new mothers with emotion, parenting duties and fatigue. Every second of the day is devoted to the little one, with no 'me time' for mothers to relax and take care of their own post-natal health. Exercise sinks low on the to-do list.

17 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Rich have traditional values on childbirth

Wealthy Hongkongers uphold traditional values when it comes to child birth, with most rejecting abortion, adoption or artificial insemination as family planning options despite their reluctance to have children.

11 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Scientists issue warning on copycat Down's test

A new non-invasive technique to determine if a baby has Down's syndrome is finally available after 15 years of research by Chinese University scientists, but they are warning mothers-to-be that unauthorised clinics are offering copycat tests.

4 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Surgeons see rush for 12-12-12 babies

Private doctors expect to be fully booked for Caesarean sections on December 12 this year - or 12/12/12, the last triple such date of the century and a day some couples consider lucky or auspicious.

19 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

The first 48 hours

Two indicators - the duration of pregnancy and weight at birth - are used to define how premature a baby is, paediatrician Barbara Lam Cheung-cheung says.

Infants born at under 32 weeks (full term is 37 weeks) and weighing less than 1,500 grams are considered severely premature. Those under 28 weeks and less than 1,000 grams are considered more acutely premature.

18 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

Baby has oxygen cut off during delivery

Parents are blaming doctors after an overweight baby born at Queen Elizabeth Hospital had his oxygen cut off briefly during delivery, leaving him in a serious condition in the intensive care unit.

9 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Emergency births triple for mainland mothers

The number of emergency births in the city involving pregnant mainlanders who slipped through border checks almost tripled last year.

The growing number is adding to the burden on public hospitals, which are having to cope with fewer maternity professionals.

3 Jan 2012 - 12:00am