Waterbirth is gaining popularity here in Madrid. In the past 6 or 7 years, there are more and more hospitals (both public and private!) that have started offering birth tubs either for giving birth or for pain management during labor.
If you're thinking of having a waterbirth in Madrid, there are a lot of options, including home birth and getting your own birth tub to set up in your living room, bedroom, or wherever you want it!
Before deciding where you want to give birth, it can be helpful to know your birth preferences. What's interesting is, most women don't know exactly what their preferences will be until the moment they're in labor so keeping your options open can be incredibly helpful!
Many women report that getting into a birth tub during labor relieves pain, gives a feeling of weightlessness (which at 40ish weeks pregnant is often a relief in itself!), and played an integral part in feeling more comfortable during labor. Others say it wasn't as helpful as they expected it might be or never felt any interest in getting in the water even if they had access to it during labor. Which one will you be? It's likely you won't know until the day you go into labor!
If you are considering using a birth tub during your labor or giving birth in the water, you may be wondering where to being the search for that kind of option. Well, never fear - I've started a little list for you to get started. This is not an exhaustive list of every hospital in Madrid with water facilities for labor and birth, but it is a good start! Some of these hospitals also have English-speaking teams or staff which can be very helpful for parents who don't speak Spanish.
Here are a few options for waterbirth in Madrid:
Hospital Universitario de Torrejón:
1 birth tub
use of the birth tub is dependent on availability
7 other birth rooms
Information in Spanish: https://sermama.riberasalud.com/conoce_nuestro_paritorio.../
Hospital Universitario de Rey Juan Carlos:
1 birth tub
use of birth tub is dependent on availability
5 other birth rooms
Information in Spanish: https://www.hospitalreyjuancarlos.es/.../ginec.../paritorios
Hospital Universitario General de Villalba (Labor in water available, but cannot be used for pushing and birth):
Hospital HM Nuevo Belén:
3 rooms with birth tubs
additional cost required (not covered by insurance)
Four teams from the hospital can use these rooms:
Dra. Kamilla Hallier - IWHCM (International Women´s Health Center Madrid) - http://iwhcm.com
Dra. Ana Suárez – Equipo Suárez (One to One): https://partonaturalmadrid.es/
Dr. Rodríguez Zambrano - Namunvida
Equipo En Tu Parto: https://www.entuparto.com/en/
Hospital La Milagrosa:
Information in Spanish: https://www.lamilagrosa.com/especialidades/unidad-de-parto-natural/
Birth team Cumaqua led by Dra. Gaia Zocchi: http://www.cumaqua.com/
Hospital Quirón Montepríncipe:
Information in Spanish: https://www.hmmonteprincipe.com/.../parto-natural-y-parto...
Two teams from the hospital can use this facility:
Dra. Cano - Gine4
Dr. Valero - EGOM
Clínica Universidad de Navarra:
Information in Spanish: https://www.cun.es/embarazo-parto-seguimiento-madrid
This is a growing list so if you know of other hospitals and teams that work with water birth or water for pain relief during labor, please send me a message and let me know!
Midwife in photo is @marinawonderbirth from the @equipoonetoone
Birth Facility is Unidad de Parto Natural in HM Hospital Nuevo Belén
Giving birth in Madrid or a new mom in Madrid? Looking for support on the wild ride called parenthood?
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