The Cayman Guide to Having a Baby in the Islands
Moving to the Cayman Islands for a fresh start, or to begin a new job, can be a very exciting time in the lives of young couples. When beginning a new life in a new location, being prepared for what can happen is essential, and this includes unexpected, or planned, pregnancy. If you’re having a baby in the islands, it is important to be aware of the general attitude of the public towards pregnancy, babies and children, as well as how and where to find pre-natal and delivery care. If you’ve recently relocated and are considering starting a family, the following is a detailed Cayman guide to having a baby in the islands.
The Cayman Islands are considered quite child and family-friendly, and there is a general positive attitude towards pregnancy and children. Babies and children are welcome in most places, and the majority of restaurants offer high chairs to diners. There are many young families, as well as many nannies and helpers available for hire, both full and part time. Help within the home is also considered to be quite affordable in the islands.
There are many obstetricians available in the Cayman Islands that work out of the hospitals and medical centres. Most obstetricians have access to 3D and 4D imaging equipment, and obstetricians specialize in antenatal, prenatal and post-natal care, as well as the management of high-risk pregnancies, infertility treatment, early fetal testing and more. Cayman doctors who specialize in obstetrics include Dr. Howard Deosaran of Trincay Medical Centre, Dr. Gregory Richmond-Peck and Dr. Barry Richter of the Cayman Clinic.
If you’re planning a traditional birth, Cayman is home to two main hospitals, The Cayman Islands Hospital and the Chrissie Tomlinson Hospital. The former is part of the Health Services Authority and both establishments are located in George Town. While some doctors have a specific preference, most will delivery at the hospital of your choice. If you prefer to use a midwife for your birth, you can choose to deliver at the Woman’s Health Centre. Choosing an advanced hospital in the United States is sometimes recommended for mothers enduring high-risk pregnancies or who have a high risk of complications.
Healthcare is not free in the Cayman Islands, and having a child is quite expensive. Once you find out that you are pregnant, it is important to contact your insurance provider to find out which expenses are covered. The extent to which your expenses will be covered will depend upon your specific insurance plan, and may or may not include prenatal care, delivery, a hospital stay and newborn care. The typical cost for a midwife delivery, with a three night stay in a Cayman Islands hospital, is nearly $4,000 Cayman Islands dollars, while private doctors will charge additional fees.
If you find yourself pregnant in the islands, a Cayman guide to prenatal care, hospitals, delivery and costs can be quite helpful. Creating a plan of action for prenatal care, delivery and postnatal care early on is essential to having a healthy, happy pregnancy that is as worry-free as possible. Expanding your family is an exciting time in life and one that should be enjoyed to the fullest.