The choice of a hospital and care provider are among the most crucial for ensuring parents get the birth they want. Unfortunately, not all hospitals in South Korea are supportive of natural childbirth, despite their claiming so. Many will push for interventions and/or resort to obsolete practices. Our comparison chart* includes hospitals and birthing centers that practice evidence-based maternity care, either routinely or at the parents’ request. Most will offer a tour of their facilities; you are strongly advised to take this opportunity and get a feel for the place you will be welcoming your baby at.
Please notice that under the National Health Insurance plan, birthing facilities are all subject to the same pricing standards. However, additional services such as use of a birthing pool, individual rooms, Western meals, extra nights, medication and so on can result in extra charges.
It is important to feel comfortable with your doctor, and to be able to place your trust in them. The birth of your baby will be one of the most memorable events of your life, and those that share your experience should be supportive of your goals.Choosing your doctor and birthing facility is one of the most important decisions you’ll make for your birth.
There is no right or wrong when it comes to choosing a doctor. Start out by taking the time to think about what you want for your birth.The obstetrician who was the right choice for a friend may not be right for you. Your childbirth educator or doula may be able to help you identify doctors who would be a good match for you.
It can be helpful when meeting prospective obstetricians to have a list of questions or a draft birth plan prepared so you can understand their views on the things that are important to you. We recommend attending childbirth classes, hiring a doula, or schedule a Skype/phone consultation to have your questions answered and work together on preparing a birth plan.
Remember that you can change doctors at any time in your pregnancy if you are not comfortable – even on your due date. Trust your instincts and act accordingly.
*If you find information on this chart to be incorrect, or if you are a care provider and would like your hospital to be listed, please contact us.