Forums  •  Classifieds  •  Events  •  Directory

 
Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Matilda full, Canossa full, stuck with Baptist

  1. #1
    Gracey is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    534

    Matilda full, Canossa full, stuck with Baptist

    I was ready to deliver at Baptist. It's close to me, I'm doing all my pre-natal stuff there, and I like my doc, who told me not to worry about booking a bed till about 12 weeks. (I had a rocky first trimester.)
    But I was really disappointed when I finally saw the maternity ward -- on attempt #2, because it was too busy the first time.
    No windows! No sunlight! Totally cramped and no way to book a private room in advance. (Which means no way to guarantee that I can actually stay with my BB and breast-feed on demand).
    It was like a mainland train station, with dozens of weird-looking men holding suitcases lined up in the hallway, people screaming on mobiles, etc.
    The place where you labor was so narrow that I asked the nurse how anyone was to stand or walk around. She said, "By this point, you just lie down and we strap the machine to you." Great.

    So I went looking around. I know HK hospitals are booked early, but I was shocked. Matilda is booked till October. Canossa is booked till Sept. (I'm due late Aug / early Sept).

    And I'm kicking myself bc, by the time I got up there, I decided I really liked Canossa. It may be old and small, but it's quiet and sunny. Private rooms looked available and overlooked trees. The nurse was warm and helpful, and I wasn't even a patient. The nurses in Baptist were so over-run trying handle hordes of people that they had gotten irritated and short. They had no time to answer questions from a stranger.

    So I gave up. I'm not switching doctors just so I can get on a Canossa wait-list.

    But a warning to other expectant moms. Do this early in your first trimester. And don't assume that an otherwise nice doc and nice hospital will have the maternity ward you want.

  2. #2
    Submariner is offline Banned
    Join Date
    Sep 2010
    Location
    HK
    Posts
    10
    To corroborate, we booked at Matilda and Sanatorium at 7 weeks. Matilda was nearly full already and Sanatorium was completely full. Sanatorium is our first choice, so our doctor is trying to work us in, but if not, I guess it's Matilda.

    But the point is, even though these hospitals do not confirm your booking until week 9 or later, the earlier you book, the higher up on the list you will be when they do start to confirm. So definitely book early.

    (by the way, Sanatorium is almost fully booked for November already - that's 9 months in advance!)

  3. #3
    2010-NewDad is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2010
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    218
    We were refused Matilda at 9 weeks. I had no idea you could "pre-book" before 9 weeks - we were told that we had to wait until 9 weeks and we applied then and were told "no space at all" - although it took Matilda 4 more weeks to actually tell us... which really annoyed me. We did get into the Sanatorium though when we applied at 13 weeks.

  4. #4
    lesliefu is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Dec 2008
    Location
    South District
    Posts
    1,055
    at 12 weeks wanted to book Sanatorium (due early Aug) but it is already full. to be honest, you are only there for 3 days and you will be so tired you probably won't notice too much. i'm having #3 and this is the 3rd hospital - as long as your doctor is good, i wouldn't worry too much about the rest - time goes by SO quickly. i'm delivering at adventist this time, but to be honest, i haven't even visited the facilities - all i know is that I have my OBGYN and he will make sure it's a safe delivery. the system in HK is crazy it surely is - you have to book once you confirm you are pregnant. also, no hospital (at least the 3 i've been too - matilda, sanatorium and now adventist) will confirm the room type for you at the time of booking - you basically get to choose what is available at the time (i had a choice between 4 people sharing and deluxe last time - luckily for insurance i could choose deluxe)...unfortunately there is no guarantee. i don't know what to expect at adventist...but i've got 2 at home, so i just know i'd be wanting to get home asap and not stay longer than necessary.

    anyhow, don't worry too much! i'm sure things will turn out perfectly fine. just have everything on your birth plan and make sure your doc and the nurses at the hospital know about it. good luck!

  5. #5
    catan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    hong kong
    Posts
    139
    Hello,

    I'm due in mid-June and am waitlisted at Matilda (I wasn't in HK and applied at 15 weeks). I was told that I probably wouldn't be confirmed until a week or two before my due date. I asked my doctor if a backup plan was necessary and she said not to worry about it. But I have read on these forums that Matilda had turned people away. Any advice on what to do?

  6. #6
    mariac is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Sep 2009
    Location
    Hong Kong
    Posts
    108
    catan, if i were you, i'd book somewhere else. you can still keep your doctor - just ask them where else he/she delivers. i went through the whole wait-listed process with Matilda, and then when i was 6 months+, my doctor suddenly didn't sound so confident anymore and asked me to register at a public hospital as a possible back-up. all the choices of private hospitals where unavailable to me that point because i was too far along. you don't want to me in that situation...unless you're ok with public of course which is always an option if all fails.

  7. #7
    catan is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    Mar 2011
    Location
    hong kong
    Posts
    139
    Thanks mariac, I was thinking of the same thing. The other hospital that my ob delivers at is Adventist, and based on what I've been reading on here about breastfeeding support and rooming in, I am not keen on delivering there. I am thinking of registering at a public hospital, most likely Pamela Youde based on my district. But I recently saw a notice at my ob's office, that they do not provide antenatal care for those intending to deliver at government hospitals. So I haven't brought the subject up. But I need a note from my ob to register at the public hospital??

    I'm already 6+ months along and probably it's too late for other options anyway....

  8. #8
    Cherina is offline Registered User
    Join Date
    May 2010
    Location
    Kowloon
    Posts
    49
    Hi,
    I tried to book the Adventist at 8 weeks and was told they were already full. So, my doc tried the Matilda at 9 weeks when they open the booking and I was on the waiting list. About a month later they declined my booking.
    I'm now 23 weeks and still can not get into a private hospital.

    I've registered at my local public hospital and although I'm sure the care is great I'm really put off by the 2 hour visiting time even for husbands. I'm desperate for a private room at a private hospital as it seems the only way to be together and bond as a family in the first few days.
    If I end up in the public hospital I just have to hope I don't have any complications and recover quickly so I can go home asap.

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Similar Threads

  1. Looking for Full Time DH
    By Sunbun in forum Helper Forums
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 03-28-2010, 10:16 AM
  2. Matilda vs Canossa
    By cocol in forum Hong Kong Pregnancy Forum
    Replies: 18
    Last Post: 11-13-2009, 11:00 AM
  3. Full day kindergarten
    By Moeppi in forum Education
    Replies: 8
    Last Post: 10-24-2007, 02:48 PM
  4. What to do when hospitals are full?
    By jaetee in forum Hong Kong Pregnancy Forum
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 10-30-2006, 10:04 AM
  5. mom's full attention
    By Marta in forum Everything Else
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 08-01-2003, 03:11 PM
Scroll to top