The Cuban Hospital, Birth Experience.

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Many of you know, I gave birth 6 weeks back.
I have previously given birth to the boys in Al Khor and Hamad Hospital, so I have always chosen to go to public hospitals, with my first I was going to Al Alhi however, I wasn’t satisfied with them, and to be very honest, find them and most private hospitals ridiculously expensive.

I chose the Cuban out of curiosity, I had heard so many positive views about the hospital in general, that I had to experience it myself, I also wanted to give birth in a quiet hospital, The Cuban fitted the bill.

To get an appointment firstly you need a referral letter from your gynecologist, then you simply email the form to the hospital, with the request of an appointment, when I sent the email, I received a call with an appointment date within 48hrs, the appointment system is very well organised.

The drive to the hospital isn’t as tedious as one may think, the hardest part was getting out of the City, once you hit the highway it literally takes 25 minutes, when you approach Zikreet, it feels as if you’re on another planet very much deserted, with lots of barren land.

When the time came for me to give birth, I had to have an induction, as I was 14 days overdue, I must say, I was really worried about it, as I hadn’t done this before, plus my Husband had to travel urgently, so I wasn’t looking forward to it at all.
When I arrived to the hospital I had to ‘check in’ with reception, I was then taken to the Maternity Ward and showed to my room, which was nice, with natural light and good space, there are two beds in the room, however, when the Hospital is quiet, they give you your own room.
I had a visit from the catering lady who gave me a menu with a selection of foods to choose from during my stay, which was great, it kind of felt like a hotel rather than a hospital.
After an hour my Dr visited to me to discuss the Induction, and after answering my questions, I felt so much more relaxed.
Within 2 hours of arriving to the hospital, I was given the gel induction, within 30 minutes the Contractions started, then 3 hours later I gave birth.

The Menu

One of my chosen meals.

The birth was amazing, I could not have asked for a nicer team who were with me, the Cuban Women are so chilled out and fun, its strange to say but we actually had a good giggle during the birth, for something so painful it was the best relaxed birth for me so far.

Ther room, excuse my messy bed.

The nurses were fantastic, and each time a shift changed, the nurse who was on duty would introduce the new nurse, they were so efficient and I loved hearing the Cuban Music from the nurses station, I didn’t feel as if I was in Qatar.

1 hr after birth, little Cassia

I was allowed to leave the next day, my Dr before I left explained about Baby Massage, Movement, Breastfeeding to name a few, it was educational and very much welcomed, I enjoyed the amount of time the Dr’s and Nurses spent with me even though I consider myself a bit experienced as I have children already, for a new Mum you’re in excellent hands.

Before leaving I went to pay the cashier, I could not believe it only cost me QR 100.00 in total, as opposed to the thousands you would pay privately.

The Cuban Hospital is excellent, if I was to have another baby, I would choose to give birth there again.

If anyone is thinking to give birth at the Cuban, this is the email address to contact to get your first appointment, referral_cuban@hamad.qa

Based in Qatar, for the past 14 years, originally from the UK, born & bred in Newcastle, UK. Mum of 2 wicked boys and a beautiful little girl. I adore good food, good fashion and beauty product obsessed. Love women who come together instead of against each other.

8 Comments

  1. noura

    May 3, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Nice review, good to know that there are some healthcare facilities doing a great job in the Middle East. Congratulations. …very cute baby

    Mashallah

  2. Saleha Haroon

    May 9, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    100 QR? Really? Do they have any branch in Oman?

  3. ayesha

    May 19, 2015 at 11:19 am

    Hi Kelly.
    Please let me know whats the best place before delievery for regular checkups?who did u see before u went to Cuban for delievry??

    Thanks n regards..please do reply.!

    • Kellie

      May 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      I went to Dr Olena at Future Medical Centre opposite Villaggio for all 3 of my pregnancies.
      Highly recommend.

    • Kellie

      July 5, 2015 at 9:00 pm

      Dr Olena at Future Medical Centre opposite Villaggio Mall x

  4. Leo

    August 9, 2015 at 11:01 am

    Hi kellie

    Thanks for the useful information – would husbands be allowed to be present at the birth?

    • Kellie

      August 9, 2015 at 11:18 am

      My Husband was travelling when I gave birth, so I am unable to give a clear answer.
      It is not usually allowed, however, the Drs are very open and co-operative, I’m guessing the Hubby can stay all the way up to the point of delivery, I would speak to a DR directly with the question, I’m sure its ok if they’re quiet.

      • Julie

        August 30, 2015 at 12:27 pm

        Yes, husbands can be in the delivery room.
        I gave birth there beginning June and my husband was with me during the whole ordeal 🙂

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