There is no doubt that
having a baby is one of the most exciting events in a woman’s life. With much
to organize and many decisions to be made it can also be somewhat daunting. All
expectant mothers want to do the best for their new child, with everything
being perfect from the very start.
A new child’s life in this
world begins with the delivery. Mother instinctively knows how important this
dawning of life is, for her baby and for herself. Mother will want to be sure
that her baby is being delivered in a safe and secure environment administered
over by highly trained professionals. She will want her delivery to take place
in a calming atmosphere that alleviates her fears and anxieties, eliminating
any stress on her and her baby.
Bangkok’s Lead in Birthing Excellence
Living in Bangkok, expectant
mothers are very fortunate. Bangkok is home to the Samitivej group of
hospitals. Internationally recognized and accredited, these establishments have
a reputation of unequalled professional care in all areas of medicine, with dedicated pre-natal, delivery, and post-natal
Samitivej Hospital was established
in 1979, co-founded by the former Kasikornbank chairman Bancha Lamsam and M. R.
Bajarisan Jumbala, M.D. They had a simple objective, to provide an innovative,
ground breaking and world leader in medical care. This was quickly achieved
with worldwide recognition, and in 1999, Samitivej became the first hospital in
Thailand to gain the prestigious recognition of the World Health Organization
and UNICEF as a Mother-and-Baby Friendly Hospital. Their facilities are now
trusted and renown as being unequalled in mother and baby maternity care.
From their very beginnings, Samitivej
Hospitals have had a simple mantra, to be the best by offering the best. They
operate from purpose built medical establishments with state-of-the-art
equipment, internationally trained staff and multi-lingual personnel, all of
which is channeled towards the ultimate levels of patient care.
Mothers Drive the Samitivej Evolution
It is with its world leading
facilities and staff that Samitivej Hospitals have developed their maternity
care programs, with patient care being at the fore front of their thinking.
Their approach is one which is flexible. They listen to the expectant mother;
they understand her worries and anxieties and they understand the desires and
needs of each one as an individual. Through clear, detailed consultation with
mother, a reduction in her anxieties and the increase in her confidence, she
becomes more positive and at ease as she prepares herself for what is probably
the most significant moment in her life.
Mother will want to clearly
convey her thoughts regarding a birthing plan. A mother may desire a water
birth and want to discuss the pros and cons of that choice. An expectant mother
may have questions about having an epidural, what are the advantages and
disadvantages of having of this process? There is also the rising trend towards
caesarean births. It is vital that any expectant mother is made fully aware of
what this operative birthing process entails, for both her and baby.
It is with their
understanding and flexibility that has enabled them to develop maternity
programs which reflect and accommodate expectant and new mothers needs and
desires. These programs ensure the very best care for both mother and baby
whilst allowing mother the birthing method of her choice.
It was over 20 years ago
that Samitivej Hospitals opened the country’s first dedicated birthing center
in Bangkok. But simply having this unique facility was not enough. Since its
creation, it has constantly been upgraded and improved to keep pace with modern
thinking and technology. Expectant mothers have also become more empowered and
no longer automatically accept the perceived norms and have pushed the
boundaries of change.
It is the recognition of
how, over the years, expectant mothers have become an integral part of the
evolution of the thinking that drives modern birthing processes, and their
desire for more control of their birthing experience, which has maintained
Samitivej Hospital as the leader in mother and baby care.
As part of its evolution it
has relocated and expanded to meet demand, allowing it to continue offering the
very best care for more expectant mothers. Patients have described the
Samitivej birth center as “A shining example to all others” and “A beautiful
place to give birth”. The hundreds of contented, healthy mothers and babies
stand as testimony to Samitivej Hospital’s maternity care and their forward-thinking
approach to child birth.
Srinakarin Hospital in Bangkok
offers a natural birthing package which is flexible and comprehensive, catering
for the necessary and desirable needs of every expectant mother. There is also
their caesarean birthing package which includes the extra medical treatment and
care that mother requires.
Both of their birthing
packages are available from week 36 of pregnancy. This includes a 48 hour stay
in the hospital for natural births and a 72 hour stay for caesarean births.
These terms of hospitalization allow the maternity team to monitor and ensure
the health of both mother and baby.
Packages include 24-hour
access to the hospital’s highly skilled nursing staff, many of which are bi or
multi-lingual. In the unlikely event of a language problem, Samitivej have a
team of translators to ensure total understanding between the patient and
medical staff. In addition to the nursing staff there is the attendance of
Samitivej Hospital’s highly trained obstetricians and pediatricians. Just as
with all their medical staff, these professionals are trained to international
standards, are well practiced and dedicated to the care and service of their
Natural and caesarean
birthing packages include a private room for mother. This gives privacy to
mother, her partner and family, it is also conducive to creating an intimate
atmosphere which encourages mother and baby bonding. Right from the first few moments
of life, bonding between mother and baby is vital for both, the perfect
ambiance offered by Samitivej helps to aid this process.
Quite obviously, all meals
are included and are part of the hospital’s room service. Menus are nutritious
and balanced with mother and new baby in mind. Ensuring adequate and correct
nourishment is vital for new mothers, with this in mind, in some cases, the
presiding doctor may recommend particular meal options to suit the requirements
of the mother.
All expectant and new
mothers are covered by the hospital’s comprehensive in-patient services. There
is a fully equipped and staffed nursery and a dedicated team of lactation
nurses. Nothing is omitted and no corners are cut in the pursuance of comfort
and care for mother and baby.
Medication and Equipment
Every birthing mother can be
confident that the necessary equipment to accommodate their birthing option
will, not only be available, but will be modern and fully functional. All the
required medications for mother and baby will be appropriately administered. At
the time of birthing necessary medications will be fully prepared and at hand
through every step of delivery.
Medications for baby also
include vitamin K1, the BCG and hepatitis B vaccinations, and antibiotic
ointments as a preventative measure against gonococcal ophthalmia. This is a common
conjunctivital infection of the eyes and can be contracted by baby during the
birthing process and will usually manifest itself after an incubation period,
dependent on its form, of between 3 and 14 days.
Samitivej Srinakarin Caesarean Birthing Package
With Samitivej Hospital’s
caesarean package, in addition to all of the above, there is a modern operating
room, recovery room and a dedicated operating nursing team. All the necessary anesthesia
and inhaled anesthetics for mother are included along with the attendance of an
assistant surgeon and anesthetist to conduct the birthing surgery. With a
caesarean birth, antibiotics are vital for the mother and are included with the
Birthing at Samitivej Sukhumvit
At the Samitivej Sukhumvit
Hospital the same modern, professional care is offered. However, here there is
the additional option of their Platinum Package. This package follows the same
premise of patient care being the primary objective. The well-being of mother
and baby is paramount. Listening, understanding and having a flexible approach
enables the hospital and its staff to bring to mother the delivery she desires
in a stress-free environment.
The Platinum Package offers
a 3 day stay in hospital for natural births and a 4 day stay for caesarean
births. The mother will be accommodated in a modern superior room with luxury
facilities and beautiful décor, specifically designed to bring about a homely feel
with peaceful serenity.
It is a fact that for some
mother’s food can be a point of anxiety and worry. Some will have dietary
requirements and restrictions which are individually necessary or important to
them. As such, there is an enhanced special gourmet menu and snacks from which
mother can select her meals, all of which are carefully prepared to provide the
all-important sustenance that mother requires to maintain her health and
At Samitivej Hospital they
recognize how precious the first sight of baby is to its mother. For expectant
mothers opting for the Platinum Package they will capture that image. A
cherished first photo of baby will be presented to mother as a lasting memory
of that magical moment when new life enters this world.
You can see all Samitivej
Delivery Packages here