Childbirth Experiences and Resources in Korea

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Are you looking for childbirth resources in Korea? Our volunteers have put together a list of resources to support English-speaking expectant mothers in South Korea.

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About Childbirth

The experience of childbirth may come with a mixture of feelings such as excitement and anxiety, especially for anyone living in a foreign country. Understanding and accessing childbirth resources is crucial for a comfortable and safe delivery experience. This blog post aims to provide you with various childbirth-related resources and information available in Korea.

As our dedicated team continues its research, expect this list to grow, and if you have suggestions, please reach out at publichealth@southofseoul.net or via our Facebook page. The following blog post includes 1) information regarding women’s experiences with childbirth in South Korea and 2) resources for women who plan to give birth in South Korea.

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2022 SOS Public Health Maternal Health Research

In 2022, SOS Public Health conducted a maternal health research study to learn about the English-speaking international community’s access to maternal health resources in Korea.

The 2022 SOS Public Health Maternal Health survey (SOS PHMHS) revealed that respondents utilized various types of medical facilities- with Specialized Maternity Clinics (52.8%) and Private Hospitals (22.2%) being utilized most- for childbirth in Korea as shown in the figure below.

Additionally, the 2022 SOS PHMHS surveyed respondents’ preferred childbirth delivery method in Korea. The majority (76.4%) reported a preference for natural childbirth, while a smaller percentage preferred methods such as assisted vaginal delivery (12.5%) and scheduled C-section (8.3%).

Two top challenges that respondents reported regarding their access to maternal health resources included (1) language barrier and (2) cultural differences.

Language barriers and cultural differences can be a big challenge in accessing crucial information and resources during pregnancy. As such, our SOS Public Health volunteers took to social media to ask English-speaking mothers in Korea about their preferred child birthing centers. Below is a list of community-recommended health centers which provide childbirth support.

Taking such information into account, our SOS Public Health team has compiled a list of hospitals and clinics that specialize in childbirth, some of which support specific types of childbirth delivery methods.

NOTE: Not all of the health centers listed below have English-speaking support. You may still need to utilize translation or interpretation services. The information below simply provides a list recommended by fellow community members who had positive experiences while using the services.

Korean Terms to Know

Knowing a few key maternal health terms in Korean may help navigating childbirth in Korea a bit less stressful. Below are some terms you may see or hear in your search for childbirth services.

  • Gynecological Medicine/Gynecology: 부인과 의학 [boo-een-gwa eui-hahk]
  • Obstetrics: 산과학 [sahn-gwa-hahk]
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology (a.k.a. Maternity Clinic): 산부인과 [sahn-boo-een-gwa]
  • Childbirth: 출산 [chool-sahn]
  • Childbirth Delivery Method: 출산 분만법 [chool-sahn boon-mahn beop]
  • Contractions/Labor Pains: 진통 [jin-tong]
  • Epidural: 경막외 [gyeong-mahng-weh]
  • Cervical Dilation: 경추 확장술 [gyeong-choo hwak-jahng-sool]
  • Placenta: 태반[tae-bahn]

Childbirth Services in Gwangmyeong

Below currently lists one community-recommended childbirth service located in Gwangmyeong.

GM Cheil Women’s Clinic

GM Cheil Women’s Clinic is a birthing center located in Gwangmyeong (northern Gyeonggi-do area). This birthing center specializes in natural birthing. According to their website, they are staffed with an OBGYN, midwife, and hypno-birthing specialist. Additionally, their labor rooms provide a warm, home-like environment.

GM Cheil Womens Clinic

GM Cheil Womens Clinic0

028902555

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

경기 광명시 광명로 896

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Childbirth Services in Pyeongtaek

Below is a list of community-recommended childbirth services located in the Pyeongtaek area.

Pyeongtaek St. Mary’s Hospital

St. Mary’s Hospital is a general hospital located in Pyeongtaek. They offer an array of medical services including childbirthing services. Additionally, St. Mary’s Hospital has an international clinic available for those who need English language support. This hospital’s website doesn’t specify a type of delivery method that they specialize in. We recommend calling the clinic to learn more about their services.

St. Marys General Hospital

St. Marys General Hospital5

031-1800-8800

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

경기 평택시 평택로 284

Pro tip: When you call Press 0 and ask for the International Clinic. Well prepared to handle foreign patients. They follow US privacy standards. ER AVAILABLE. FOR USFK: Approved for direct billing with TRICARE FOR WOMEN: Excellent Womens Clinic with female doctors. Mon - Fri from 9AM - 5:30PM and 7PM - 8PM as well as weekends and holidays 9AM - 2:30PM. FOR TEACHERS: The best place to get your annual medical check. (As of 2021) 70,000 won, ID, and 3 passport photos needed. Takes 7 days to get results. Open on Saturdays.

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Yale Queens House

Yale Queens House is a birth center that offers birthing services. Their website doesn’t have English translation so you may need to use the Google Translate plug-in or Papago to access information from their site. According to their website, this birthing center offers ‘painless delivery’ through the use of an epidural. Epidurals are not required but are recommended at this clinic. This hospital’s website doesn’t specify a type of delivery method that they specialize in. We recommend calling the clinic to learn more about their services.

Yale Queens Postpartum CareCenter

Yale Queens Postpartum CareCenter0

031-8054-7337

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Childbirth Services in Seoul

Below is a list of community-recommended childbirth services located in the Seoul area.

Cha Gangnam Medical Center

Cha Gangnam Medical Center is a university hospital located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. They have an international clinic to aid in English language support. According to their website, Cha Gangnam Medical Center also has English-speaking, doctors, nurses, and coordinators. This hospital is known for its OBGYN and fertility center. Their website doesn’t specify the type of birthing method they specialize in. We recommend calling the clinic to learn more about their services.

Cha Gangnam Medical Center

Cha Gangnam Medical Center0

0234683000

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 강남구 논현로 566

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Hatvit Women’s Hospital

Hatvit (English pronunciation: [haet-bit]) Women’s Hospital is located in Gangbok-gu, Seoul. Google Translate or Papago may be needed to navigate Hatvit Women’s Hospital’s website. This hospital offers an array of obstetric services. According to their website, they offer a natural childbirth delivery method. We recommend calling the hospital to learn more about their services.

Hatvit Womens Hospital

Hatvit Womens Hospital0

18116161

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 강북구 도봉로 74

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Hosan Women’s Hospital

Hosan Women’s Hospital is located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. This clinic boasts that they are a ‘brand for women’ and has premium values from childbirth to diagnoses for women. Their website doesn’t specify the type of delivery method they specialize in. However, they do mention ‘painless delivery,’ similar to Yale Queens House. We recommend calling the hospital to learn more about their services.

Ho San Womens Hospital

Ho San Womens Hospital0

050714093493

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 강남구 언주로 871

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Houm OBGYN & Birthing Center

Houm OBGYN & Birthing Center is located in Seocho-gu, Seoul. This center provides patient-centered care for women of all ages according to their website. They follow a “Mother & Baby – Integrated Care System (MB-ICS).” Learn more about MB-ICS on their webpage. Their site doesn’t specify the type of delivery method they specialize in. However, they do mention that the expecting mother has flexibility of choice in their birthing position during labor. We recommend calling the hospital to learn more about their services.

Houm OBGYN And Birthing Center

Houm OBGYN And Birthing Center0

0254894000

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 서초구 서초중앙로 110

Houm OBGYN and Birthing Center is a private clinic that provides patient-centered care for women of all ages. They offer English support. The phone number listed below is the main phone number to the hospital. You may need utilize BBB Korea for language translation assistance for making appointments. For EMERGENCIES, Houm has an emergency English hotline: 010-2783-9001

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

ItoB

ItoB is located in Seocho-gu, Seoul. This clinic offers child birthing services. Google Translate or Papago may be needed to navigate their website. This specialized maternal health clinic offers 3 delivery methods: (1) Leboyer’s Delivery Method, (2) Natural Birth Method, and (3) C-Section. We recommend calling the clinic to learn more about their services.

ITOB

ITOB0

025326400

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Hangul Address

서울 서초구 방배로 234

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital

Soon Chun Hyang University Hospital is located in Yongsan-gu, Seoul. This hospital has an obstetrics and gynecology department which includes childbirthing services. They also have an international clinic with English language services. Their website doesn’t specify the type of delivery method they specialize in. We recommend calling the hospital to learn more about their services.

Soon Chun Hyang Uni Hospital

Soon Chun Hyang Uni Hospital0

027099058

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 용산구 대사관로 59

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Yeon & Nature

Yeon & Nature is located in Gangnam-gu, Seoul. This clinic offers obstetrics and gynecology services which include childbirth services. Yeon & Nature offers natural birth delivery methods and boasts ‘your birth, your way” as one of the mottos listed on their webpage. They have English-speaking staff to assist with the expecting mother’s needs. We recommend calling the hospital to learn more about their services.

Yeon And Nature

Yeon And Nature0

025181300

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

Hangul Address

서울 강남구 학동로 521

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

If you need a location nearer to you, conducting a Naver or Kakao Map search for nearby obstetrics and gynecology centers may be your best option. Keep in mind, Naver or Kakao Map searches will only provide you with the nearest locations. Such locations may not have international clinics or English-speaking doctors and staff. However, resources (listed in the next section) are available to help you navigate language barriers.

To search for maternal health clinics, hospitals, and centers near you, copy and paste the following into Naver or Kakao Maps:

  • Gynecological Medicine/Gynecology: 부인과 의학 [boo-een-gwa eui-hahk]
  • Obstetrics: 산과학 [sahn-gwa-hahk]
  • Obstetrics & Gynecology (a.k.a. Maternity Clinic): 산부인과 [sahn-boo-een-gwa]
  • Childbirth: 출산 [chool-sahn]

Additional Resources

Below are a list of additional resources that may help you in your search for maternal health information and support.

National Health Insurance Services (NHIS)

For questions on childbirth health insurance coverage, contact the NHIS directly. The NHIS has an English hotline. The NHIS may even be able to inform you of health centers or hospitals in your area that offer childbirth services.

NHIS Hotline

NHIS Hotline5

0338112000

Copy and paste phone numbers into Naver Maps to get directions

This phone number takes you to an NHIS agent who can answer any and all questions you have about the Korean national health insurance including cost and coverage. English, Russian, Chinese and other language services are available. Note: It may be difficult for a call to go through during the lunch hour (12pm-1pm)

(Listing information provided by the South of Seoul app)

Language Support

Several language support options exist in Korea. Such resources include:

Social Support

Many folks find that reaching out to others online who have had similar experiences in their childbirth journey helpful. In the 2022 SOS PHMHS respondents reported that they utilized social groups most (84%) to find information on maternal health resources.

Here are a few Facebook Groups to join to ask about maternal health or general health in Korea:

Financial Support: The Happiness Card

With Korea’s low birthrate, the government is actively seeking ways to support families, including providing financial aid. The National Happiness Card (국민행복카드 [goong-min-haeng-bok-cah-deu]) is available to all expectant mothers, regardless of nationality, provided they contribute to the National Health Insurance system.

The amount offered on this card may vary from year to year, and can be utilized at hospitals and clinics for pregnancy-related appointments. Learn how to get a Happiness Card in Soul of Soul’s blog post: How To Get The National Happiness Card For Pregnant Women In Korea

Additional Reading

Check out the following blog posts to learn more about pregnancy and childbirth in Korea:

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