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Giving birth in the Bahamas

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charlotteg
8/4/2015 18:42 EST

Good afternoon,

I have been trying to find recent information about giving birth in the Bahamas but I don't seem to find anything ... so I thought I would give it a try here and see if people want to share their experience!

I am 13 weeks pregnant and my husband and I are likely to move to the Bahamas from January 2016 and I am due Beginning of February 2016.

However being pregnant, I want to make sure it's a safe place to give birth or if I should plan to give birth else where. Is there anyone that gave birth at the Doctor's Hospital in Nassau?

Also do people actually know if a baby requires a passport if he/she needed urgent care and potential transfer to the USA?

So far we were thinking of moving to Nassau.

It would be great if other women could share their experience with me as I am a little lost and not sure what to do...

Thank you very much in advance.

Charlotte

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dolfie
8/4/2015 21:56 EST

Hi Charlotte,
A lot depends on what your status is now. Citizen of?
Father and Mother.
Your name sounds French?

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charlotteg
8/5/2015 08:09 EST

Hello!
We are both European so I guess our expectation on heath services are quite high ...

Though this is my first pregnancy and therefore it's difficult for me to compare.

Thank you!

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breija
8/5/2015 09:16 EST

Hi Charlotte,

I just sent you a pm.

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dolfie
8/5/2015 15:25 EST

Some people go to Florida to give birth, however babies are born in the Bahamas on a daily basis.
About doctor's Hospital, some posters here can inform you better, since I am not on New Providence Island.

Just can tell that having health care of giving birth in the US, as foreigner might be pricey.

Personally I paid $3,500.00 for some Xrays and a 2 hours visit to the emergency room in Broward hospital.

On another occasion my GF had to pay $9,500.00 to heve her tonsels removed.

Luckily, my European Insurance paid this back after 4 months.
But in the mean time I had to finance it.

The wife of my friend has 3 children, all born here.

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charlotteg
8/5/2015 15:34 EST

Thank you for your reply!

You said that a friend of yours gave birth in the Bahamas - do you happen to know on which island? and which hospital?

Thank you again!

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MooMoo
8/30/2015 10:09 EST

Hi Charlotte

My wife had our first baby in the Bahamas at Doctor's Hospital. It went very well and we were happy with the treatment. You will need private insurance though otherwise the cost will be in the region of $8-$10k for a natural birth and quite a bit more for a caesarian. We have heard that the Princess Margaret Hospital (public hospital) is good for childbirth but it is very busy and you could be sharing a room with up to 10 others. Also they are pretty quick to do a caesarian, about 90% of women give birth that way due to high traffic.

As far as Obstetricians go, if you will be living out west you can contact Laura Dupuch or out east her husband Leon. Just google the names and you'll find their contacts. You can also call them if you want any specific information.

I'm not sure about the passport for your baby if you need urgent care, probably contact the USA directly to find out that information.

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Tingum
5/31/2016 03:24 EST

Charlotte,

Looking at the date of your message, I am late with this reply, but thought I would post in case other women were reading the forum with the same question.

I gave birth to both my kids in Nassau Bahamas. For the first, I was living in Nassau. For the second, I was living full time on an out island and travelled in.

One of my pregnancies was extremely high risk. The level of care and professionalism I received during both pregnancies was exceptional.

I had both my kids in Doctor's Hospital, Nassau. I used and cannot recommend highly enough local Bahamian medical professionals - Dr. Flora Mackay as obstetrician, Dr. Paul Hanna as paediatrician, and Dr. Pablo De Souza as anaesthesiologist.

As other posts have noted, a good health insurance policy is important if wanting to avail of Doctor's Hospital.

Hope this helps someone out there, in the same position with the same questions.

Ultimately, The Bahamas is no different to any other country I have lived in, and they have been many - there is a usual range of professionals that are extremely competent and recommendable, and some that are, according to each persons own experience, less so.

I can only speak to my own experience. In my case, I would definitely give birth in The Bahamas again with full confidence, if using the professionals I mentioned.

I would have no hesitation in using them all again and would actively seek to do so rather than give birth in any of the other countries in which I have a home and to which I have access. Many of the midwives at Doctor's Hospital are European.

Hope this helps.

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Allie0318
5/31/2016 09:16 EST

I agree with Tingum whole heartedly; however, if it is high risk then my physician has always advised it may be best to deliver in the US as opposed to here simply because of the availability of the NICU here. Doctor's Hospital cannot treat neonatal intensive care patients, only the public hospital Princess Margaret can (and I wouldn't recommend that route). With this being said I think it just depends on your specific situation.

There are plenty of qualified physicians here - the only issues I have ever encountered were due to lack of equipment.

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