If you pregnant or are planning on having a baby, one of the decisions you have to make is the hospital where you will deliver your baby. We have already discussed the best maternity hospitals in Nairobi in an earlier post. The final decision on where you will deliver is up to you, but we have made a list of the things you should consider.
Tips on choosing the best maternity hospital in Nairobi
1. Proximity from your home
The shorter the distance of the hospital from your home, the better. Although this has no overall effect on the outcome of the delivery, you don’t want to be stuck in traffic when your baby is on the way. It is best to choose a hospital that is nearby.
2. Insurance cover
With the introduction of the Linda Mama Initiative, many Kenyan mothers have a maternity cover that greatly helps with maternity costs. Finding a hospital that accepts the maternity cover will help reduce your costs. Many hospitals also accept other maternity covers.
3. High risk pregnancy services
Many mothers who have had a difficult pregnancy will need to be in a hospital that has high risk pregnancy services. This way, they will be able to deal with worst-case scenarios and both you and your baby will be safe. Consider this if you have had a complicated past delivery or you have a pre-existing condition.
Comfort is important to many mothers. Finding the right hospital for you that will ensure that you are comfortable during your delivery will help make the process better. This may mean different things for different moms, so find a hospital that feels right for you.
To some mothers, money may be no object when it comes to their delivery. But some moms may need to choose hospitals that are affordable for them. There are great public and mission hospitals that offer great maternity services at an affordable price.
For all the pregnant moms who are looking forward to having their baby, we wish you the best and hope you get the best hospital for both you and your baby.
By Beth Mugo