Need Advice: Moving to Chennai...Pregnant

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My husband and I will be relocating to Chennai in mid-July and we recently found out that I am pregnant so I am looking for OB/GYN recommendations in Chennai. I am already familiar with the Apollo Hospital System and I think that is the best choice for me. Can anyone recommend a great OB/GYN?

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Originally Posted by Brit View Post My husband and I will be relocating to Chennai in mid-July and we recently found out that I am pregnant so I am looking for OB/GYN recommendations in Chennai. I am already familiar with the Apollo Hospital System and I think that is the best choice for me. Can anyone recommend a great OB/GYN?

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Brit welcome to Chennai. There are lots of hospitals in Chennai, but very few can match the US quality, try Apollo hospital if you donít like it then you can start looking for other options. Can you return to US to deliver your baby?
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ISN - We are still debating what to do re:coming home for delivery or not. With the no flying after 28 weeks rule enforced by most airlines, I would need to relocate back to the US for 3 months or more. I guess a lot of that tough decision will be based on the doctor/hospital technology/conditions when I get there.
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Originally Posted by Brit View Post ISN - We are still debating what to do re:coming home for delivery or not. With the no flying after 28 weeks rule enforced by most airlines, I would need to relocate back to the US for 3 months or more. I guess a lot of that tough decision will be based on the doctor/hospital technology/conditions when I get there.
Added: I now see that Delta and BA have fairly lenient policies WRT flying pregnant.
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Brit - Congratulations and welcome to IM and Chennai. I am a Hoosier too, my hometown is Bloomington, IN. Apollo gives you the best chance for good medical attention. Once you get here visit with them and see what choices you have for a OB/GYN. Wish you safe journey.
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Originally Posted by sgtusa View Post Brit - Congratulations and welcome to IM and Chennai. I am a Hoosier too, my hometown is Bloomington, IN. Apollo gives you the best chance for good medical attention. Once you get here visit with them and see what choices you have for a OB/GYN. Wish you safe journey.
Good to see another Hoosier! (Although technically I'm a Boilermaker )

I am hoping that someone will chime in and say that they had a baby in Chennai and had a great experience with a certain doctor.
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Brit I won't hold it against you (being a Boilermaker) goodluck with your quest for information. PM when you get to Chennai.
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Originally Posted by Brit View Post Added: I now see that Delta and BA have fairly lenient policies WRT flying pregnant.
You can get a great physician in Chennai, but still you have to manage your care, you have to manage your allergies, drug-drug interactions and pain. You have to know what types of tests are required at different stages of pregnancy otherwise you will be provided with the bare minimum so if you cannot manage your care then it is better you deliver the baby in USA.
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I would really say that have your baby in USA. Say even you find the best doctor and hospital money can buy, it is country you grew up in, you have family to support you and you are familiar with the system, why would you want to leave all that to risk a baby's delivery in india. You the full lifetime to make the trip to India.Whatever may be the health care in india, and all the medical tourism, the quality of healthcare in USA cannot be matched or no comparison can be made, this is from my personal experience.
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Originally Posted by Iluvblr View Post I would really say that have your baby in USA. Say even you find the best doctor and hospital money can buy, it is country you grew up in, you have family to support you and you are familiar with the system, why would you want to leave all that to risk a baby's delivery in india. You the full lifetime to make the trip to India.Whatever may be the health care in india, and all the medical tourism, the quality of healthcare in USA cannot be matched or no comparison can be made, this is from my personal experience.
Thank you for this input. I appreciate the sincerity and honesty in your response. It is difficult to get opinions on this topic from people who are not biased in any way.

My (American) husband is very trusting of the "westernized" medical facilities in India. While I think that his heart is in the right place, I am far more skeptical than he is. That leaves me here, asking internet strangers about prenatal care/birthing in India. Seems logical, right? I'm sure that with a bit of research we will find a solution which with we are both comfortable and satisfied, in the meantime, I will continue to gather as much information and as many opinions as possible.
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Brit-

I hate those replies on IndiaMike which begin "I don't know a thing about your question but here is my opinion..."

Nevertheless, I don't really know about this, but...

I recently read Pilgrimage to India: A Woman Revisits Her Homeland by Pramila Jayapal.
amazon

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Wonderful book with a few chapters on Jayapal's pregnancy and birthing in India. She is an Indian-born, Western-educated woman with an American husband. After reading her chapter "Diary of a Birth" I know I would not want to re-live her experience. The good news is it all worked out fine - she gave birth in Varanasi, though that was not their plan. Descriptions of her attempts to find a good doctor, the hospital, trying to fly to a better hospital and her own doctor - all were discussed.

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Plenty of great stories on the Delhi forum of people who gave birth in India.........not sure if that is of any use or not!!!
Whatever you decide good luck.
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Originally Posted by ISN View Post You can get a great physician in Chennai, but still you have to manage your care, you have to manage your allergies, drug-drug interactions and pain. You have to know what types of tests are required at different stages of pregnancy otherwise you will be provided with the bare minimum so if you cannot manage your care then it is better you deliver the baby in USA.
I am an Indian and I did not have a baby in Chennai(but in Hyderabad - I had a high risk pregnancy) but the above opinion is not correct.

If you get a good doctor(in a good hospital) then allergies, drug interactions, tests, care during delivery and recovery, subsequent care for you and the baby will be fine.

In fact you will get far more tests(and check ups) than you would in the USA. This is based on comparison of my experience with that of friends who have delivered in USA.

But - the most important factor for me would be family support. The most advanced technological support in the world cannot substitute for my mother and my husband holding my hand and supporting and reassuring me. I would suggest opting for the place where you have family support.
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Originally Posted by nayan View Post But - the most important factor for me would be family support. The most advanced technological support in the world cannot substitute for my mother and my husband holding my hand and supporting and reassuring me. I would suggest opting for the place where you have family support.
I've had 2 children, both in the U.S. & I couldn't agree more. There are lots of great hospitals and doctors in India, so that's not the problem, it's more a question of familiarity and support.
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I would go with a delivery in the US...much better facilities and post delivery care.Also what if your child decides to run for political office requiring US citizenship by birth( President) ?
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