I am coming to the end of my second trimester shortly and we thought this to be a good time to go and check out the hospital ward and rooms and to ask the doctor about the standard procedures we can expect when we arrive at the hospital in the early stages of labour.
We are using Hiranandani Hospital in Powai and so far have been very impressed with the cleanliness and efficiency of the hospital. When we did our look-see we were not disapointed. Unlike perhaps in the UK where you might have a doctor or a member of staff show you around, we went alone and muddled our way through but the security guards and ward nurses were all very helpful.
We checked out the labour ward which is surprisingly small, there are a couple of labour rooms, an ICU and that’s about it. We couldn’t gain access to any of these rooms but I have been reliably informed by Nning the midwife that the labour room at Hiranandani is very nice. Hiranandani has a number of choices when it comes to rooms, they don’t have specific wards like most hospitals, but instead you choose the type of room you want and that determines which floor you’ll stay on. We have elected for a single room, which comes with a hospital bed, a chaise longue type sofa-bed for relatives, a TV and a private en-suite bathroom (shower, no bath). The deluxe room was as above but with an additional lounge area, with extra TV, another bathroom and a kitchenette. The rooms were very clean and spacious and still had that ‘new’ feel to them.
We have been told that when we arrive at the hospital we will be shown to our room where I will be able to see through the early stages of labour. As soon as I am ready for delivery I will be taken down to the Labour Ward. I like the idea of being able to walk around in the privacy of room with Mr Maternal at my side.
Below are the room costs:
Sharing AC (6 beds) – Rs1,500 per day
Twin Sharing – Rs2,250 per day
Single Room – Rs5,500 per day (this is what we have opted for)
Deluxe Suite – Rs7,500 per day (this is the other room we looked at)
Presidential Suite – Rs25,000 per day (we didn’t check this out – I think Mr Maternal would have wanted to move in!)