I want to have a natural birth and if possible a water birth. Please would you advise me where this could be arranged?

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I am pregnant for the first time and I have heard from other people who have given birth here that the preferred option is to book a C section. Is this true? I am concerned because I want to have a natural birth and if possible a water birth. Please would you advise me where this could be arranged?

I can tell you with confidence that this is a private hospital which can provide you with any types of delivery.
Thai hospitals usually practice a lot of c-sections. The average rate per hospital is about 70-80%. This phenomenon takes roots in cultural beliefs: Thai families like to choose an auspicious day and date for the birth of their child. Only c-section delivery can guarantee the right timing.

Samitivej, on the other hand, has a long history of caring for international patients and encourages natural birth practices. Whatever your wishes are, I would, recommend you to discuss your birth plan with your physician. He or she will then try his/her best to follow your plan in the context of your medical situation.

Sirithorn Karnjanathanalers, M.D.
Specialist in OB/GYN
Samitivej Hospital

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