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Hurray! I finally found this thread again! (I thought it was in the pregnancy forum, no wonder I couldn't find it)
I'm assuming the Banqiao branch is open? Has anyone gone there?
I've been searching for a good doctor that's NEARBY (seems to be a few good ones in Taipei but not enjoying those long, hour and a half rides of motion sickness..)
So I've been thinking of going to the Banqiao branch! If anyone's been there, I'd like to know!
@senlia - the Banqiao branch is for OB/GYN checkups only. Births take place at the Hsinchuang branch. The Hsinchuang branch also has, besides a birth center, a OB/GYN and pediatrics clinic for checkups. The Banqiao branch is probably going to be more convenient for you to get to, although the two locations are pretty close together (about a 5 minute drive).
Hope I can get some updated/latest advice re choice of hospitals for first birth please.
I'm in my first trimester and want to start doing visits of ob/gyns and hospitals and would appreciate your comments on the difference between these 3 hospitals in regards to :
1. quality of docs & nurses - are they patient/rushed, caring/gentle
2. do they encourage natural birthing process, including giving birth in squatting/all fours positions
3. time with baby after birth
4. breastfeeding support
5. do the obs keep appointment times punctually, or is there usually a long wait?
6. birthing pool availability?
7. general hospital environment - chaotic/calm? noisy? lighting too bright?
8. 24hr emergency support - blood bank on site, paediatricians on site, anaesthetist on site?
9. overall costs?
10. finally, who are the latest great obs out there at the moment?
thanks and have a great day!
I don't know if my reply is too late, but I've been to all three to compare myself and I have settled with Shin Kong.
Veterans hospital is a large hospital and too hard to navigate. It world reknown for its research and doctors, but I would only go there if something is seriously wrong and you need the best of surgeons. If you are going for regular OB check ups the environment just feels too chaotic and rushed.
Adventist is well known for there OBs and many many babies are born there. However if you are at risk for premature birth keep in mind that they do not have a level 3 nicu.
What amazed me about Shin Kong was that the nurses seem to have better training. However I'm not sure if any of them speak English. They fully support breast feeding and the waits are not very long at all! My doctor is Dr. Lee right now (CHENG YI, or CAGGE LEE) and he has great English. I have noticed that many expats go see him, he is much more used to the 'crazier' requests and questions we have regarding birth plans etc.
Any ideas about Chang Gung Memorial Hospital? I am due in Jan '11 and although I am happy with my doctor, I am looking to change my hospital as current hospital doesnt seem to be well equipped! I am looking for a place which can deal with emergency if there is any.
Any other recommendations will be highly appreciated
I did most of my prenatal care in 2007/2008 at Chang Gung on Dunhua Road. My doctor was nice enough and seemed at least willing to work with me on some issues like how long I had to stay after giving birth or having a doula present - but in the end I decided not to deliver there. I kind of freaked out about our poor Chinese skills and being left to the mercy of non-English speaking nurses. Instead I delivered quite peacefully at the XinJhuang Water Birth clinic with my doula, husband, and son nearby and was back home to recover in peace just 24 hours later.
However, I still go to Chang Gung for my thyroid medicine refills. The hospital is clean, relatively easy to navigate, and all the doctors are required to speak English. Plus, it is a teaching hospital which can be a bit more current on new medical advances.
Good luck picking a hospital!
Are there any updates on experiences at Kangning? We're considering going with it since it is VERY close to our apartment and to Dragonbabe's parents.
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I never updated everyone on my birth at TMUH but it was very positive. Dr. Ou was great. He was very gentle, caring and has good English. Although his nurses don't. He's also very supportive of natural births and VBACs which is why I went to him. I was hoping for a VBAC but he was concerned about safety (vaginal rupture) after a vaginal ultrasound that showed my uterus becoming too thin but he still made the decision up to us. He was also good at sending other patients out when he wanted to speak to my husband and I privately which I thought was great because he definitely had a line-up of patients.
I ended up having a scheduled C-section and it was VERY Grey's Anatomy-ish. It was my entertainment during my surgery. There were nurses giggling about their upcoming birth, a young man which I'm sure was an intern observing my surgery and being taught the ropes by Dr. Ou while he was opening me up, stitching me up. I never felt neglected though. The nurses were very caring and kept encouraging me and keeping me warm when I was cold, and telling me how our baby was doing.
The facilities were AWESOME. WAY better than Chung Shan hospital. We had our own private room with flat screen TV, better wifi access, and cleaner facilities. It was cheaper too than Chung Shan which is a bonus. The eats around the hospital were good too which was good for my husband who stayed the week with me while I was recovering. There's a Starbucks IN the hospital.
Post-natal care and pediatric care was fine. Similar to Chung Shan. Again there was the interns again showing up, and they provided me with comic relief. One of the interns asked me "How do you feel right now on a scale of 1 to 10?" to which I replied 7 or 8 because I was recovering well but still in pain and he went "Haa! Oh! Hmm!" and nodded his head. This continued on for his 3 other questions too. Another intern came in and asked me if I needed medicine to which I answered "I don't know? Do I?" and then she proceeded to pull out a piece of paper with names and said "Oh you leave today?" (this was my 1st day after surgery), and I said "I hope not!" She finally figured out that she was supposed to clean my wounds. The regular nurses and doctors were very professional and knew what they were doing though so I wasn't worried. It was just very funny.
So conclusion..I recommend TMUH. Go with Dr. Ou.
Oh...but don't stay with them for pediatrics. They're fine for after birth but not so good after. Or maybe it was just the doctor I had but I was not impressed.
As follow up to my OP, I gave birth this month @ the Adventist with Dr LIN Pei Ying and was very happy with my experience.
1. Dr Lin was very professional, "western", answered all of my endless questions, but note I did go through the Priority Care Centre for all my checkups, rather than through the hospital's normal appointment system. The nurses I had on the private suite floor (8/F) were caring, especially Nurse Pauline Liu, who specialises in lactation. I attribute my ability to breast feed to her patience and guidance. But I didn't test their levels of english as I can speak chinese.
2. do they encourage natural birthing process, including giving birth in squatting/all fours positions - Dr Lin does encourage natural birth but when it comes to the actual delivery she will only deliver on the hospital's delivery bed, so cannot do the last bit of the pushing on all fours/squatting position, though there is a birth ball in the Labour Delivery Ward if you choose that option. Can't vouch for this option myself as I had to have an caesarean so didn't need the LDR.
3. time with baby after birth - only about 5-10min on the operating table after my caesarean
4. breastfeeding support - see (1). Nurse Liu would check on me every day to make sure I was making progress, to give me encouragement and to ask after my emotional well being. Having stayed on the 8/F, where rooming in isn't permitted at night, I had to travel to the 5/F nursery for night feeds, but the nursery nurses were very good at calling me for feeds when the baby showed hungry signals.
5. do the obs keep appointment times punctually, or is there usually a long wait? I rarely had to wait >15min at the PCC. I understand this is very different to going through the hospital's normal appointment system
6. birthing pool availability? no
7. general hospital environment - calm, clean, bright (well at least at the PCC, operating theatre, and 8/F suite room)
8. 24hr emergency support - blood bank on site, paediatricians on site, anaesthetist on site? Yes to all, I understand there is a level 3 nursery for paed emergencies but I'm not 100% sure
9. overall costs? 5 night stay with emergency caesarean section, with NHI coverage came to about NT$45k - bargain for the level of care I received
10. finally, who are the latest great obs out there at the moment? I would recommend Dr Lin Pei Ying