I think it's good to have confinement lady especially if you are a first time mom. My mother in law has helped me book CL (from m'sia) in my 2nd month of pregnancy because it's pretty tough to find a good and reliable one. We were actually put on "waiting list" at first and she charges S$2.2k excluding hong bao in beginning & end of confinement.
Another option is to hire a maid now and have her helped out with housework and washing of baby's clothes and stuff before baby arrive. My maid is already here and she is really a great help to be around esp when we are now in our 3rd trimester...I am getting clumsier as days goes by.
Make a pregnancy ticker