Post Natal Care in Malaysia

Find out what support and medical care are available for parents and babies following a birth...

A paediatrician is present at the birth and looks after the baby during and after the birth, including vaccinations and follow-up visits.

Some private hospitals offer post-natal care for the new mother at home. These house calls are carried out by senior nursing staff who make weekly visits, but for an extra fee. Women should check with the hospital to find out if they provide this service.

Confinement care

Post-natal "confinement care" is unique in Malaysia, as it is a custom for mother and baby to remain house-bound until the baby is one month old. Confinement care includes: looking after the baby, doing the cooking and washing, and also looking after the health and well-being of the mother. The average cost for one month starts at MYR 3,000.

In Cantonese dialect, "confinement ladies" are known colloquially as pui yuet as they are mostly Chinese women, who are generally between 30 to 60 years old.

Administration services in hospitals and Babycenter can provide information about confinement care.

Further post-natal support for expatriate women is available on the following websites:

Vaccinations

In Malaysia, babies must be vaccinated for Polio, Ruebella and Hepatitis B when they are one month old.

Further vaccinations which are compulsory before a child is 18 months are:

  • BCG (Bacillus Calmette-Guerin) - given at birth to prevent TB meningitis as well as other TB-related complications and disease
  • HiB (Diphtheria, tetanus, whooping cough, Haemophilus Influenzae and polio) - a combination vaccination given within a month of birth
  • Hep B (Hepatitis B) - the first dose is given to a newborn, the second dose is given six weeks later, and the last dose is given eight weeks later.  Booster injections are recommended once every five years to maintain immunisation
  • MMR (Measles, Mumps and Ruebella) - given at one year old and a booster shot is given when the child is four

Baby Health Card

The hospital where the baby is born issues a baby health card that is used as a schedule for check-ups and vaccinations. The baby health card includes the baby's date of birth, as well as the baby's and the mother's medical record numbers. This medical card may also be required when an application is made for the baby's passport and visa.