Mothers-to-be expecting babies in the Cayman Islands can enjoy excellent prenatal care from both public and private practitioners.

When it comes to amenities for babies’ arrival, there are two maternity wards on Grand Cayman, and a birthing ward in Cayman Brac.

Cayman Islands Hospital Maternity Ward, Health Services Authority

Location: 95 Hospital Road, George Town

t: 244-2841/2842

Rooms: Five double and three single rooms, plus three labour/ delivery rooms. All rooms have en-suite bathroom facilities and are connected via nurse call system.
Birthing partners: During active labour, birthing partners are permitted to be with the mother. This includes overnight visits. There are no overnight visitors allowed outside of these circumstances.

Neonatal intensive care unit: Well-equipped neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) can care for up to six newborns who may be premature or may need special observation or intensive care. There is also a nursery for assessment of well babies and special teaching sessions for parents. Healthy newborns usually stay with their mothers in their rooms. Check with HSA for current restrictions on number of parents allowed in the NICU at designated times.

Visitors & siblings: The maternity unit has limited visitation to two visitors per patient per day. No siblings or visitors under 18 years old are permitted.

Visiting hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. If you need to reach a patient, call 949-8600.

Maternity care: Team approach with midwife having central role in normal births, with obstetrician available 24 hours a day. HSA staff consists of a well-qualified and experienced team of midwives, obstetricians, paediatricians, anaesthetists, neonatal nurses, nursing assistants and ancillary support staff. Other specialists are also available for consultation when needed. Midwives offer professional care ranging from antenatal preparation and advice to safe delivery and follow-up care after birth. The extensive knowledge and experience of the birthing process enables the midwives to deal with high-risk cases and emergency situations. Private obstetricians and paediatricians also use HSA facilities to care for their clients. The maternity unit offers facilities for both low-risk and high-risk mothers and babies. These services are comprised of antepartum care (before birth), labour and delivery, post-partum (after birth) and neonatal care, including normal births, twin births, breech, vacuum, forceps and caesarean section deliveries.

Breastfeeding: Maternity staff will assist mothers in breastfeeding their babies. On discharge, the Breastfeeding Support Group and the community midwives will continue to give support for breastfeeding. If you do not plan to breastfeed, you will be advised and assisted with alternative methods of feeding.

Other maternity services include:

• Prenatal counselling, whether a high- or low-risk patient.
• Antenatal care, available through women’s health services. These clinics consist of combined care between the obstetrician and midwives. Patients are encouraged to start attending clinics from 12 weeks of pregnancy.
• Parent Craft: A free eightweek educational series scheduled on Monday evenings 5:30 to 7:30pm at the Hibiscus Conference Room, Cayman Islands Hospital.
Parent Craft topics: • Nutrition for pregnancy • Labour and delivery • General health in pregnancy • Breastfeeding & dental care • Infant CPR • Alternative methods of delivery and immediate postnatal care • Postnatal care at home, safety, immunisation & family planning • Relaxation exercises in pregnancy • Physiotherapy: pregnancy discomfort • Gross motor, speech & language development within the first year of life • Tour of the maternity ward • Genetics

Changes due to COVID-19: The wearing of masks remains mandatory around patients with suspected or documented risk of COVID-19 infection. Masks are still required at high-risk wards including Maternity and NICU and for patients who exhibit COVID-19 and flulike symptoms.

Cayman Brac birthing room

Location: Faith Hospital inpatient unit

t: 948-2243 ext. 7625

Rooms: Faith Hospital has a birthing room with one bed, and a room on the inpatient unit with two beds. This room is used for maternity and paediatric patients. There is no NICU.

Visiting hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Doctors Hospital Maternity Unit

Location: 16 Middle Road, George Town

t: 325-9000, ext. 6460

Rooms: Two private maternity suites. Doctors Hospital is the only facility offering private maternity suites in the Cayman Islands.

Birthing partners: Doctors Hospital welcomes a spouse or support person to accompany the expectant mother, be present during labour and delivery, and stay with mother and baby in one of its private maternity suites.

Neonatal intensive care unit: No NICU. Should complications arise in pregnancy, during delivery, or with a newborn, Doctors Hospital physicians and nurses will swiftly and safely transfer mother and baby to the HSA neonatal unit (immediately next door to Doctors Hospital) to continue their care.

Visiting hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Maternity care: Patients may utilise Doctors Hospital obstetricians and paediatricians, or healthcare providers from another facility. Whether patients utilise Doctors Hospital’s obstetricians and paediatricians – or a healthcare provider from another facility – they ensure a smooth and seamless transition across providers and services, from prenatal care to their complete recovery and transition back home. Support for patients’ preferred method of childbirth is a vital component of the Doctors Hospital maternity programme. The experienced maternity team receives ongoing education and has extensive training in high-risk situations.

Breastfeeding: One-on-one support with the midwife before discharge. Patients can phone DH maternity unit to speak to the midwife for breast-feeding support. If the mother requires help with breast-feeding, DH will arrange for them to come in to see the midwife for support up until baby is six weeks old.

Other maternity services include:
• Antenatal classes
• Feeding support
• Postpartum care
• Educational materials Be sure to check with each maternity ward for current public health requirements such as wearing of masks, pre-admission testing for COVID-19, and visitor restrictions as these requirements are subject to change.

Coming soon:

Health City Cayman Islands Health City is in the process of building a new state-of-the art hospital in Camana Bay, which will include a maternity suite and level IV NICU, alongside an emergency room, operating theatres, radiology services and radiation oncology. This hospital is scheduled to open in May 2024.