There's a Hello Kitty maternity ward at the Hau Sheng Hospital in Taiwan. The famous pu$$Y cat is everywhere, from images in the elevator to a giant Hello Kitty statue welcoming patients at the entrance. The most epically kawaii way to be give birth.
Yes. We are not making this up. Taiwan has a real, working Hello Kitty-themed maternity hospital and it’s totally adorable. Although you would think that the main reason for having a Hello Kitty hospital is that it’s super cute – and it is – the institution was actually developed to ease the stress of childbirth with the soothing, comforting images of the popular cartoon character.
From blankets and birth certificates to cots and uniforms worn by staff, every aspect of the Hau Sheng Hospital is littered with the feline motif. Patients and guests are welcomed to the 30-bed hospital by a statue of Hello Kitty dressed in a doctor's uniform.
Then, they will journey up the building through a pink elevator, completely decked-out with posters of the cartoon character on the wall. And there’s more! All newborns get everything Hello Kitty except a set of whiskers, including pink or blue receiving blankets, nurses dressed in pink uniforms with cat-themed aprons, cot linen and room décor, all totally ‘kitted-out’ with cat realness.
The hospital's Director Tsai Tsung-chi opened the £2m (T$100m) hospital in his hometown after obtaining authorization from the fictitious feline's Japanese parent company, Sanrio Co Ltd. And if you’re thinking that a HK hospital might just pop up near you, think again sister. The hospital claims to be the only medical institution of its kind, which has been authorized by the parent company.
Director Tsai Tsung-chi says he hopes the white, mouthless cat will ease the pain and fear associated with childbirth and being admitted into hospital.
“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 bring a smile to their faces, helping forget about discomfort and recover faster,” says Tsai Tsung-chi.
Among the first mothers to give birth in the Hello Kitty themed hospital was Chen Shing-chiu, 38, mother of a newborn baby boy. She recalled her experience of the ward as: “Unlike traditional hospitals that are mostly white, I feel this one is pretty good,” she said.
Hello Kitty is this year celebrating her 42nd birthday and still retains a healthy fan base of loyal kawaii-o-philes both in her native Japan and abroad. Here’s hoping she continues to bring her kitty realness super powers to spread joy and happiness to the rest of the world.