When someone gets pregnant, typically she starts looking for gynae and hospital to deliver her baby. For me, I have chosen KKH, not once but twice, to deliver my children. Some of you may ask why, because here in Singapore, it seems that private hospital (such as Thomson) is more popular for giving birth purpose because, well, private hospital usually has a more personalized service. For mama-wanna-be out there, who is still contemplating where to give birth to your baby, here’s why I chose KKH.
First, safety. Yes, safety is the very important thing which makes me choose KKH. I believe every of us wants a smooth natural delivery without any complications, mother and baby are healthy and can be back home within a few days. But what if? What if something unplanned happens? Will the hospital be able to provide a team of professional doctors to take care of you and your baby. KKH is the only woman and children hospital in Singapore. For any critical cases, every woman and child patient will be referred to KKH. Therefore, I believe KKH will be able to handle any critical conditions that may happen during delivery.
Second, the health care staff, aka the nurses. The KKH nurses are well trained professionally. You can feel it the way they handle you. Additionally, all the ward nurses are lactation-certified. Thus, on normal circumstances, you don’t need to see a lactation consultant should you have any problems with your initial breastfeeding, because the nurses can help you at any time (even midnight!) Of course, if the problem persists, you can ask to see a lactation consultant as well.
Third, KKH supports breastfeeding. In fact, KKH is on its way to get its baby-friendly hospital initiatives (BFHI) certification. So, if you plan to breastfeed your baby, this is definitely a plus point. So, what’s the matter with this BFHI thing? Well, in short, KKH will support you to breastfeed your baby, right from the start. In fact, I was enlisted for breastfeeding class (which was very useful) a few weeks before my delivery. During the delivery itself, you can ask to have skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Breastfed baby can be in the same room with mother (not in nursery) for 24 hours. This will help you to pick breastfeeding skill faster and learn to understand your baby cues if she’s hungry. In the event that supplementation is necessary, the supplementation will only be given after KKH gets the parent’s concern. Also, a breastfed baby will be fed with cup instead of bottle to avoid nipple confusion.
So, that’s it. Three main reasons why I chose KKH for giving birth to my baby.
Now it is your turn. Where did you give birth to your baby, and why?