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Matilda vs Adventist

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    HBr
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    Matilda vs Adventist

    Hi all,

    I am due in July 2016 and we are trying to decide what hospital we should go for. I was trying to read through the reviews and I have not been able to see any latest reviews on both these hospitals. Would really appreciate if you could please share any information that would help us to decide which hospital would be most suitable. We are really keen on Matilda but have been told that it's not the best hospital if any complication were to arise.

    Many Thanks,
    H

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    Hi H, I'm due in July 2016 too and am also looking at options for delivery. I think both Matilda and Adventist are pretty similar - they seem to offer good patient care and you can have your obgyn deliver the baby, but if any complications were to arise, they would send you to Queen Mary anyway.

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    Hey many congratulations and thank you for the above. I wasn't aware that even for Adventist they need to send people to QMH.

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    Hmm I didn't think they had a NICU in Adventist? I'm not entirely sure, actually. This is my first baby so have no previous experience to speak of! I was planning to pop down to Adventist for a tour so will update you when I do! :)

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    That'll be great!! Thank you

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    Hi HBr and Prego,

    I'm due with my first baby in 5 days, at this point just waiting to go into labor since my doctor said the baby's head is engaged and it could happen any moment now.

    We toured Queen Mary (public), Matilda (private), and HK Adventist (private) before making a decision on where to book our deposit for delivery. We went with Adventist for the following reasons:

    1) My insurance covers both Matilda and Adventist for up to a semi-private (2 person) room and in the event there's availability for a private room upgrade when we arrive, the price we'd be paying out of pocket at Adventist was more palatable than the price at Matilda.

    2) After doing the tours, I felt the most comfortable with Adventist. At Queen Mary, my husband and I were able to walk directly into the labor ward, no security, no one to greet us, no one stopped to ask questions or be available for questions. I felt like I could have picked up a baby and walked away (I know this is not a concern in HK but I'm from New York!)
    At Matilda, I felt put off by the "luxury hotel vibe" i.e. concierge host giving the tour rather than an actual nurse/midwife, and in general the atmosphere of the hospital not feeling or looking like a hospital - that's just me. The concierge host who gave the tour couldn't answer any questions about medical concerns but provided a large packet around policies and fees, and the highlights of the tour were around comfort services (menu, massage chair for the partner, etc).
    At Adventist, we were provided a tour by the head nurse on shift so I felt that my specific medical questions could be addressed and I liked the layout of the ward better.

    3) Location - we moved mid pregnancy from Kowloon to Tai Koo, so Adventist ended up also being the most geographically convenient - Matilda and Queen Mary are both not that easily accessible unless you live in West Hong Kong, and we would have had to register a fake address if we wanted to be "zoned" for Queen Mary.

    The only other point I would raise is that with most private hospitals, if you have extreme complications then they will send you to Queen Mary. With Adventist they will not admit you if you are before 34 weeks, I believe. I was on bed rest from week 26-34 due to risk for pre-mature labor and worried about this, but now we're geared up and ready to go!

    Good luck with your decision, regardless I think safety of you and your baby is not an issue, it's just a matter of personal preferences!

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    Hi Belle,

    This is very help, thanks! Good luck with the delivery! x

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    Hi Belle,

    Thank you so much for all this information, definitely very helpful. Good luck with the delivery and hopefully everything will go super smoothly for you.

    Best,
    H

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