More parents opting to give birth at home
Home births now more popular, but doctors warn they can be unsafe
Published on Feb 24, 2014 8:18 AM
Four weeks ago, Xavier Teoh was born in the master bedroom of his parents' Housing Board flat.
Not because it was an emergency. His parents chose to have their first-born at home.
"Why should we make something natural, unnatural?" said his father, Dr Teoh Ren Shang, a senior resident physician at Ang Mo Kio Community Hospital.
"Hospitals are not as intimate and familiar as the home, where you are in control of the atmosphere."
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He caught the baby. He cut the cord. It was priceless.
- Mrs Victoria Teoh, on how her husband, Dr Teoh Ren Shang, was involved in welcoming their son, Xavier
HOSPITAL IS SAFEST
We believe that a safe delivery should not be taken for granted, and is best conducted in a hospital with access to emergency care should the need arise.
- Dr Shephali Tagore of the KK Women's and Children's Hospital