Prenatal Care in Korea
Find out about the prenatal care available when expecting a baby in South Korea...
Pre-natal appointments usually take place once a month up to 24 weeks. After 24 weeks, pre-natal visits can be more frequent and may be weekly from the 36th week up to delivery. Many doctors have ultrasound equipment in their office or clinic. If ultrasound equipment is unavailable, go to a local hospital or the hospital scheduled for delivery.
Seoul has English-speaking certified childbirth educators to provide coaching and labour support. Ask a local doctor for information.
Childbirth classes are available, especially in the Seoul area, and some are offered by foreign women. Some classes require a referral from a physician and others are offered on a sign-up basis.
- For detailed information in English about birthing services in Korea: Click here
Costs of prenatal care, delivery, and post-natal care vary greatly in South Korea. Many factors affect this cost, for example, going to a private clinic or public hospital, whether a woman has National Health Insurance or not, the type of delivery, and so on.
Here is a sample list of prices:
- Prenatal classes at an international clinic cost around KRW 500,000
- Visiting a doctor in a maternity clinic (covering basic tests such as an ultrasound, urine test, and so on) costs around KRW 30,000 per visit
- Tests can range from KRW 30,000 to KRW 80,000
- Normal delivery in an international clinic or private hospital costs around KRW 7,000,000, while a Caesarean section costs around KRW 11,000,000
- Delivery costs are significantly less (less than KRW 1,000,000) for women covered by Korean National Health Insurance, and the government provides a Go On Mom Card (gounmam-kadeu) which pays up to KRW 400,000 for medical expenses. The doctor can advise on how to go about applying for the card
- For detailed information in English about the Go On Mom Card, how to apply for it, and where it can be used: Click here