One of the objectives of focused antenatal care is assisting a patient decide on a preferred hospital where she will deliver. The importance of making this choice beforehand is to enable the mother to familiarize with the hospital environment and staff where necessary, budget for delivery expenses and prepare for transport to hospital in the event of labour or any emergencies. To some this may be a very easy choice to make while to others it may be quite taunting. Most people will decide to go to a certain hospital based of the experiences of their family members and close friends in those hospitals. Some of the factors that most women will take into consideration are but not limited to proximity of the hospital, preparedness to handle emergencies, quality of services, attitude of staff and affordability.
Best Maternity Hospitals in Kenya and packages
Below is a list of top maternity hospitals in a Nairobi and brief description of what they offer, This information would assist potential mothers make an informed choice as to where to deliver.
Aga khan University hospital
The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) is one of the high end private hospitals providing excellent maternity services preferred by many. They offer well integrated maternity services from antenatal care, birth preparedness, labour and post-delivery care of the newborn and mother. It also hosts the most expensive and most prestigious maternity unit, princess Zahra pavilion labour, delivery and recovery unit. AKUH generally advocates for normal delivery unless it is an emergency. They offer a range of pain relief methods including nitrous oxide gas and epidural anaesthia. Normal delivery costs around Kshs 120,000while caeserian section costs around Kshs 220,000. (The hospital is located in Parklands area. Get map direction or Location)
Nairobi hospital is reputed for its high standards and state-of-the-art equipment and infrastructure. The hospital has two maternity packages that is the normal delivery package and the caeserian section package. The Normal delivery package costs approximately Kshs 95,000 and the Caeserian section package that costs approximately Kshs 210,000. However, a number of costs are not covered in this amounts like doctor’s fee, anesthetics fee, pediatrician fees, theatre fees and antibiotics. (The hospital is located in Argwings Kodhek Rd)
Nairobi women’s hospital
By the virtue that Nairobi Womens majorly focuses on women issues most people have found favour in attending this hospital for their maternity services. They offer a range of products for normal patients and private patients. Patients can either choose to be delivered by a midwife, a resident obstetrician or their own private obstetrician.
Mater Hospital maternity package entails antenatal visits, delivery and postnatal care. Being a hospital that is primarily owned Catholic nuns, their values are anchored in the catholic faith. Normal delivery is approximately Kshs 60,000; Caeserian delivery Kshs 165,000.
M.P. Shah Hospital is a multi-super-specialty, state-of-the art, tertiary care hospital that provides a variety of choices of maternity care available to the mother-to-be they incude Hospital Doctor based care, Midwifery care and private obstetric care. At M.P. Shah deliveries are normally conducted by obstetricians whether private or resident. Important to note is that they do offer epidural for pain relief during labour. Normal delivery approx Kshs130,000; Caeserian delivery Kshs260,000.
Coptic hospital offers attractive maternity packages including free ambulance services from the place of residence to hospital. The offer epidural anesthesia for mothers who want pain free delivery. Normal delivery is approximately Kshs 40,000; Caesarian delivery Kshs100,000. (Coptic Hospital is located in Ngong Road, Opposite China Centre).
Most people praise this hospital because of its cost friendliness. Their maternity services are quality yet affordable, with an NHIf card delivery is absolutely free. The staff are said to be friendly too. The major setback is that it is quite a distance from Nairobi.
Kenyatta National Hospital
KNH enjoys a large pool of experienced midwives and doctors as compared to other public hospitals. Being a referral hospital it is usually more prepared to handle emergencies in terms of staffing and resources. Maternity services in KNH both private and general labor wards are commendable. In the private wing normal delivery costs an approximate of Kshs 45,000 while caesarian section delivery cost an approximate of Kshs 135,000. In the General delivery units, NHIF card holders deliver free of charge. The General wards are normally overcrowded and may not be appealing to mothers who need privacy and personalized care.