Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital

Posted on September 12, 2009

Hello Kitty is just about everywhere you look these days, but who would have imagined it would become the theme of a maternity hospital in Taiwan? Images of the ubiquitous, mouthless kitty are stamped onto everything from nursing staff lapels to birth certificates.

Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital picture

The world’s first and only Hello Kitty-themed maternity hospital in Yuanlin, Taiwan, was originally built in 2006 with a capacity of thirty beds. It is hoped that the Japanese cartoon icon will ease the stress of childbirth as well as boost business.

The Hau Sheng Hospital has been officially authorized by the popular cartoon cat’s parent company, Sanrio Co Ltd.

At the Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital, newborns get everything Hello Kitty imaginable including: a set of whiskers, pink or blue receiving blankets, nurses dressed in pink uniforms with kitty-themed aprons, kitty-themed linen and room décor.

Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital picture

If all of this isn’t enough to make you absolutely sick with Hello Kitty, in the hospital lobby a Hello Kitty statue in a doctor’s uniform greets patients. Twice a year, people dressed in feline costumes visit mothers and children.

“I wish that everyone who comes here, mothers who suffer while giving birth and children who suffer from an illness, can get medical care while seeing these kitties and that we can bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster,” said Tsai Tsung-chi, the director of the hospital.

Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital picture

It cost $3 million for Tsai to open the hospital and his motivation was the pleasure of his mother, wife and daughter all who love the cartoon cat. One mother commented that the hospital was pleasurable and unique because it isn’t white like others. Its non-traditional aspects are pleasing to many and Hello Kitty has many loyal fans that consider her the epitome of cuteness.

Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital picture

Its all about comfort and pleasure for both mothers and children and even if Hello Kitty isn’t your cup of tea, she certainly will help take the edge off childbirth and being in a hospital.

Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital picture

MDeeDubroff

M Dee Dubroff is the penname of this freelance writer and former teacher originally from Brooklyn, New York. A writer of ghostly and horror fiction, she has branched out into the world of humorous non fiction writing and maintains eight web sites covering a wide variety of topics. She also writes feature articles for several local newspapers. Her book entitled: A Taste of Funny, and her website, Eat, Drink And Really Be Merry (http://www.ingestandimbibe.com) feature many well researched and humorous articles on the subject of food and drink.
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32 comments
tyra
tyra

this is sooooo...cute like the theme is like a dream of hello kitty...

tefy villegas
tefy villegas

i loovve hello kitty soo its very good i wish i could have my baby there it would make it an even more especial day its is very beautiful

licha
licha

is anyone allowed into this hospital or it has to be people from there??

Anastasia tatianou
Anastasia tatianou

I'm a big fan of hello kitty I like the hospital is very cute!!!!!!!'!!!!!!!

Kallie
Kallie

I feel bad for the baby boys.

kittyna
kittyna

soy nunber one de hello kitty yea

kelsey
kelsey

OMG HELLO KITTYS BIGGEST FAN IN THE WORLD IM SO GOIN THERE

Samantha
Samantha

I LOVE hello kitty and I want to be a doctor how do I get a job there? All I need to do is learn chinese

face
face

i <3 hello kitty. i think im going to go get pregnant so i can go there :)

amelia ivena
amelia ivena

mmm....that a best hospital >^ v ^< i love hello kitty so much.. sometimes i can go to "yuanlin,taiwan" and can visit to Hello Kitty Hospital"

Marilyn Vargas
Marilyn Vargas

The person who came up with this concept had good intentions. Stop hating all. - Marilyn, Hellz Kitchen, NYC!!!!

Carmen
Carmen

You guys are straight up HATERS!

Rationale
Rationale

@SDI: Shouldn't be the "Taiwanese people?" O_o @Guest: If an asshole decides to dump his girlfriend and her baby (or pregnant girl which eventually have a baby) in a Hello Kitty themed hospital it wouldn't be any more or less depressing than if she were dumped in a regular hospital building. Point is regardless of what the hospital looks like it would be just as saddening if someone were to be left there or killed/died in there because in the end it's the act and not the environment that makes it depressing. This looks like a maternity hospital for Otakus. Seriously it does.

guest
guest

cute but, its like children are toys, what if some guy dumps a girl and her baby in that place? how sad would that be? or someone dies there? I'd cry man!

Kris
Kris

Cute concept, but its a little overkill!

Digital Product Reviews
Digital Product Reviews

I thought kitties on the internet are supposed to be cute , but this mix with babies is a kinda horrific concept :-O

wambat #9
wambat #9

If you hate cats this is NOT the place to come have your baby

BUNNY LOVE
BUNNY LOVE

IT IS CUTE FOR CHILDREN AND EVEN SOME ADULTS. WHAT HAPPENS IF A PERSON HAS A CAT PHOBIA.'IT COULD BE VERY FRIGHTENING

SDI
SDI

a Japanese cartoon icon? in Taiwan? lol, the China people is not going to be happy about it

guest 2
guest 2

where in the world will you find a hospital that has never received a dead patient??????

madprincess
madprincess

babies are cute, hello kitty is cute BABY + HELLO KITTY = CUTE :)

madprincess
madprincess

it's simple...BRING THEM TO OTHER NEAREST HOSPITAL :) right?!!

madprincess
madprincess

why not?the hospital is authorized by the sanrio corporation ...