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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
 
Dr Teoh Ren Shang and his wife Victoria with their son Xavier, who was born in the master bedroom of their HDB flat. -- ST PHOTO: MUGILAN RAJASEGERAN

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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Background story

PRICELESS EXPERIENCE

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