Latest post on 2012/03/02 at 19:13:48
Hi I had all 3 of my babies at AW so am reasonably familiar with them (lol). I didn't choose them for cost reasons (had insurance) but because they are the high risk hospital with the best nicu. The hospital is not flashy - similar to NHS only cleaner and much less crowded (in my exp).
I had 3 c-sections - 1 emcs and 2 planned. For my 1st, my dh was with me at all times, except overnight on ward while waiting for labour to start and during the emergency cs.
For my 2nd and 3rd, he was with me pretty much non-stop, including the spinal and the actual delivery. In fact he cut the cord for baby no.3 :-). For all 3 deliveries I was on a (quiet) ward for 1 night and in a private room thereafter (highly recommended). My dh didn't stay the night after the birth but was there all day until about 9pm.
Btw the rule excluding husbands from the labour ward is not applied consistently. In my exp, there were *often* men sitting with their wives on the ward, only behind the curtain surrounding the bed. As far as I can see, the rule is only enforced if there is a local lady present who requests it. At other times men are present.
I would definitely recommend AW to anyone with a high risk pregnancy and/or no insurance. You may not get pampered but the care is excellent *and* great value.
Nowadays some ppl feel that as normal deliveries are almost as much as a private hospital, there is no point in going to Latifa. But it's worth noting that private outfits has a *much* higher cs rate - so you need to budget for a cesarean. Last time we paid a total of AED17k - this included antenatal care (5k), the elcs (10k) and private room (about 2k). Privately that would have cost a good deal more e.g. AED25-30k.
Also registering at Latifa acts as an insurance policy in itself, since their nicu is great and *much* cheaper (about half that of city or AH). And if you encounter complications while pg and need to be admitted, care is charged at a very reasonable rate. I was admitted for dehydration at around 36 wks. Stayed the night, had 3 drips, countless tests and saw several doctors - all for AED360!
Best of luck to Willa - hope all goes well for you :-)