My wife and I decided on having our first child here. At first, we weren’t 100% sure that would be the case, as I liked the look of Hong Ngoc and my wife was tossing up the idea of going to one of the Vietnamese hospitals - but in the end as we had good insurance there wasn't any real doubt that we were going to end up here. The insurance side of thing went smoothly, but that’s because I paid upfront and then sent everything off when it was done - our insurer wasn’t listed as one of their pre-approved ones, but I’d talked to other people who had had a kid there with them and they’d had it sorted no worries.
We did do the bulk of our ultrasounds at small Vietnamese ultrasound places as they gave us much longer consultations with more detailed descriptions and plenty of zooming and chatting about what was on the orange TV - that side of things at the French Hospital was pretty perfunctory.
The doctor who was in charge of my wife seemed very knowledgeable, and while his bedside manner wasn’t fantastic, he outlined the various options really well. We turned up one morning thinking it was go time, and my wife went in for observation but it was too soon, they said it could be anywhere from a few hours to a week yet. At midnight, we were back, and this time it was time for the show to begin. We had turned up with some family in tow, but they only allow one person to accompany for the delivery (we’d known that anyway but they were just along for moral support especially if it was a second false alarm).
Even though we had signed up for an epidural, my wife was still petrified, as she didn’t realise how well they worked. Once the drugs kicked in though, everything was great... I was no longer in the dog-house for getting her in this condition. It was so effective she didn’t even know that the baby had come out. The doctor my wife had been seeing wasn’t on duty, we had someone else but she was great too. The minor complication we had didn’t faze her, and everything worked out fine.
We signed up for their package for babies, which covers all jabs and a discount for when you take your little tyke in to get checked out for sniffles and stuff. Follow up service so far has been great but we haven’t really tested it yet (our hatchling has proven fairly robust so far, let’s hope that keeps up, touch wood).
So in the end, mother is fine, baby is fine, wallet is a bit lighter but everything went smoothly.