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.

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.

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.


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.

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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.



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 thoughts on “Taiwan’s Hello Kitty Maternity Hospital

  1. 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!

  2. 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.

  3. 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"

  4. 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


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