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Which private hostpital is the best?

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    I have never delivered private but considering it this time. My choice is Baptist (paid the deposit before the two incidents reported in the news not the thread on this forum) but if money was no bar I would choose between Mathilda and Sanitarium even though I live on the Kowloon side. They are most accomodating to the mum's wishes. Getting from one end of HK to another is not such a big issue and first babies take a long time to come from the start of contractions.

    If I were choosing between Baptist and Theresa, I would choose Baptist (I've read scary threads about Theresa also, and basically every single person in my office has delivered in Baptist and was happy). On the Kowloon side my choice would be between Baptist and Union. I would have chosen Union only because of the two incidents at Baptist reported this year.

    However, if I had 100,000 or more, as I said I would be choosing between Mathilda and Sanitarium or failing that Canossa. I would pick Sanitarium because it would be closer to get to from Yau Ma Tei than Matilda but if I didn't get a booking at Sanitarium I'd be more than happy at Matilda. (I thought Lesliefu and Elle were talking about experiences at Matilda in their posts).

    In terms of dealing with neo-natal emergencies, my understanding is that the public hospitals are the best equipped. However, if your fiance's pregnancy is smooth, I wouldn't make plans for neo-natal emergencies. Worst case, the baby can be transferred to public. If you can afford it, let her have the most pampered delivery she can as well as good care - and that is what you'll get at Matilda/Sanitarium.

    I smiled at your use of the term "vulnerable". It's childbirth not rocket science. Things do sometimes go wrong but most of the time, everything is fine. Don't be afraid.

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    Another thumbs down for Matilda, overpriced and money-oriented but understaffed.

    Have not been in Sanatorium's maternity ward but tried the pediatric ward and would give it positive reviews.

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    I think the most important thing is to find a doctor that you both feel comfortable with and then see where he/she delivers. It is also good to remember that despite the fact that you have a great budget you might still not get in to the hospital of your choice. Honestly with the crazy system here money often is not enough. It also counts who your doctor is and what his quotas are. dont worry about the island hospitals being oo far from Kowloon - people make it from NT and I actually met someone who came from Schenzen:) I delivered in Matilda and loved it but I hear good things about Sanatorium too. My friend delivered in st Teresa and she wasnt allowed t room in with the baby and the husband was only able to see the baby once a day for an hour or so. At least that is what they said. Good luck with everything - it might make you feel vounerable but you will see it gets very exciting:)

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    I delivered my first at Matilda, and second at Sanatorium. Both are excellent. Should I have a third, will choose Sanatorium again. A few of us here did a pretty detailed review of both the hospitals in another thread recently, let me try to find it when I am on my computer.

    Congrats!!!!

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    I delivered at st Teresa with their in house doctor. No complaints except the nurses are very pro-bottle feeding whilst I was trying to breastfeed. I didn't buy any 'packages' as didn't see the need. Left the hospital after 3 days. Cost maybe around 25-30k? No complications though.

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    I delivered at Union Hospital in Taiwai, near to Shatin. They have very good private rooms at 11th floors. Have an appointment to view the rooms first, you will fall in love with them. There are 2 cafes to provide food. I personally like the Green Cafe food, It is not the regular hospital food, I ordered it throughtout my stay.

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    Thanks everybody. Great suggestions and experiences. Genuinely appreciate the open sharing here. We just had the ultrasound today which confirms the pregnancy. Now we need to pick a doctor and book a hospital before all the rooms are gone. It looks like either Baptist or St. Teresa for us. Wife just simply wants to be close to home and it gives her a piece of mind, so I'm ditching my idea about just finding the best hospital and just giving her whatever she likes.

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    Chief, I had an appointment with Dr. Jimmy Mak at Baptist this morning and feel pretty good about delivering there. I really like Dr. Mak. If I had your budget, I'd still have chosen Matilda/Sanitorium but since your fiance has narrowed down between Baptist and Teresa, feel free to ping me with questions about Baptist.

    Some things to keep in mind when choosing a doctor:
    1. Does your fiance prefer to go natural or would she like a c-section? For elective c-sec, you'll find many many doctors happy to do it. For pro-natural, I'd say Dr. Mak is a good choice. He never once pushed me into a c-sec. This morning I discovered my baby is in breech position at 36 weeks. He gave me the options - exercises I could do to try and get the baby to turn, a procedure called ECV (which he is not specialised in but public hopsital might offer) and c-sec. He suggested I book the c-sec just in case nothing else works so I'm sure to get a date if I need it, that's all. I was impressed he didn't take the opportunity to push a c-sec and even drew me a diagram of the exercise I could do.

    He also said I should write down a birth plan and they would try to accommodate as much as possible.

    2. Pro-breastfeeding or not: Baptist, from what I understand, is so-so on this front. They have a four-hour feeding schedule (which the public hospital I delivered in had as well and I'm ok with that) but they have been known to 'top up' with formula without consent and from a bottle (not sure I'm ok with this). When I delivered in public, they were very pro-breastfeeding (but also on schedule) and only topped up with my consent after much trying to avoid, and cup-fed the baby so there would be no nipple confusion.

    With your budget, you could get a private room and your fiance could have the baby brought to her as and when she likes, so if breastfeeding is important to her, she has more control over it.

    Oh and one more thing, from what my friend told me, at Baptist, they won't let anyone but the mother handle the baby. So while you probably see the baby when it's born, after that it goes in the nursery and only the mother/nurses/docs are allowed to hold it. However, might be different in a private room though.

    Not sure how Teresa fares on these counts or if they are important to your fiance. Just stuff I'm thinking about with less than a month to go.

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