Maternity Services
 

Maternity Services

At Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, our approach to maternity care is grounded in respect for individual and cultural choices in childbirth, supported by the availability of world-class care and facilities.

Our team of maternity care specialists—including midwives, nurses, obstetricians, paediatricians and anaesthetists—is committed to offering comprehensive medical support for you and your family, from conception through to delivery.

Maternity Services at AKUH,N include:

  • Antenatal Care
  • Family Planning
  • Labour and Delivery Services
  • Neonatal Care

Antenatal Care
As an expectant mother, antenatal care is an important way for you to be mindful of both your own and your baby’s health throughout your pregnancy. Antenatal care is also a vital step in helping doctors to identify potential issues with your pregnancy and take action to avoid or treat them.

Antenatal care at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi provides comprehensive monitoring of your health and your baby’s development throughout your pregnancy.

Antenatal care services at AKUH,N include:

Antenatal Clinic
We encourage mothers to schedule their first visit between 8 and 12 weeks of pregnancy, to fully discuss any health issues and develop a health care plan for the duration of your pregnancy.

Medical Antenatal Clinic
This specialised clinic is designed specifically for expectant mothers with preexisting medical conditions such as diabetes or HIV. In order to ensure optimal co-ordination of care for both you and your baby, we arrange joint consultations with your obstetrician and physician that can be continued as needed throughout your pregnancy.

Antenatal Classes
AKUH,N offers a range of antenatal classes, including Lamaze childbirth preparation.

Family Planning
Family planning services at Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi include:

  • Contraceptives
  • Female Sterilisation
  • Vasectomy

Options for Labour, Delivery and Postnatal Care
At Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, it is our goal to provide optimal comfort and safety for both mother and child during the birthing process. We also know how important it is for expectant mothers to have the support and presence of relatives during this time, and so the involvement of family members is strongly encouraged. Our labour and delivery services  include:

The Jimmy Sayani Building Maternity Unit
Opened in April 2012, this purpose built Maternity Unit offers seven ensuite labour and delivery private rooms equipped with flexible delivery beds and facilities for monitoring the condition of mother and baby. One room has a built in Birthing Pool should you wish to try a water birth! The unit also has special monitoring equipment for mothers with medical complications such as pre-eclampsia (high blood pressure). After the birth, accommodation options include four bedded shared bays each with a bathroom, two bed (duplex) rooms with bathrooms and private ensuite rooms. Another option for your postnatal stay is the Princess Zahra Pavilion where the Maternity Unit midwives will attend to you and your baby along with your obstetrician and paediatrician.

Caesarean Delivery
The experienced medical team and state-of-the-art facilities at AKUH,N work together to ensure that, when a Caesarean delivery is necessary, it is as smooth as possible. Our anaesthetists will provide you with an individual consultation regarding your anaesthesia options and your birthing partners is encouraged to accompany you into theatre to provide you with support throughout your birth experience.

Pain Relief Options for Labour
AKUH,N offers the full range of pain relief methods for use in labour, including nitrous oxide/oxygen, gas, tablets, injections and an on-demand epidural service. Your midwife, obstetrician and anaesthetist will discuss the options with you.

Newborn and Paediatric Care
The dedicated team of neonatal paediatricians and nurses at AKUH,N is ready to provide the very best medical care for your baby.

Please see our Children’s Hospital for more detailed information about these services.

Visiting the Unit
Expectant parents are most welcome to visit the Maternity Unit to view the facilities and ask the staff any questions about the facilities and care. Please enquire at the Reception Desk on the second floor, Jimmy Sayani Building where the staff will be pleased to assist you.