Hotel offers new mothers privacy
A hotel in Moto'otua is offering first-time mothers privacy, comfort and midwife care and is two minutes away from the Tupua Tamasese Meaole National Hospital.
The new service offered by the hotel was launched last weeked to coincide with the nationwide Mother's Day celebrations.
An administration assistant at the Alec's The Hotel, Amelia Auvaa, told the Samoa Observer that the new service was added primarily to offer privacy for postnatal mothers and is considered a luxury at the national hospital where mothers and their newborn infants share rooms.
“Some mothers, they want their privacy and they don’t have that at the hospital. Mothers have to share rooms. So we offer privacy for those mothers after they have their newborn babies,” Ms. Auvaa said.
“If you want to sleep here after giving birth then you are welcome to sleep here overnight. There is a midwife here to take care of you.”
She added that rooms are going for $200 per night which is a discount rate from the regular price of $300 per night.
The patient-care rooms are also equipped with a kitchen, microwave as well as additional amenities.
“The rooms are usually $300 tala,” Ms. Auvaa said.
Housekeepers are also on duty daily so mothers do not have to worry about cleaning. Breakfast is also provided.
Currently, there is one mother of a baby girl who checked in and is utilising the new service.
Two more mothers have booked rooms while one is due for check-in on Tuesday and the other on Wednesday according to Ms. Auvaa.
“We have one mother here right now and we are waiting for two more mothers to check in today and tomorrow,” she said.
The service, Ms. Auvaa notes, allows mothers to relax and focus on recovery and their newborn child.
“It’s a good place, especially for new mothers but it’s not just for new mothers, it’s for every mother – where they can relax. Just call us and let us know everything you need and want and we can do that for you,” she said.
There is no restaurant at Alec’s but staff can assist recovering mothers with food orders for a service fee.
“We are offering a new service from Mother's Day onward. Women who have had a delivery at the hospital, and are relatively low risk, can spend a couple of days with us," says a post on the hotels’ Facebook page.
"The new mothers will have the comfort of a hotel service and the safety of being monitored by nursing and specialist staff.
“Breastfeeding and mother craft advice will be offered with a healthy breakfast as part of a comprehensive health service."
For more information, contact Alec’s The Hotel via telephone at (685) 28303.