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Catalunya

Pregnancy & Birth

There are very limited English speaking activities in Sitges, please look at Barcelona for more groups and services for pregnant women. If you would like to make any suggestions please do let us know by sending us your recommendations.

  • Centro Yoga Om, Vilanova i la Geltru

    Recommended by Judith Watt

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    Yoga centre that offers group and private classes, Hatha yoga, yoga for children in English and prenatal yoga amongst other things.
    Calle Menendez y Pelayo 66, Vilanova i la Geltrú
    Email: yogaomvilanova@gmail.com
    Tel: +34 615022765
    www.yogaomvilanova.com

    Comments:
    "I moved to Vilanova I La Geltru when I was five months pregnant and was delighted to discover that Centre Yogaom Vilanova was just around the corner from my new home. When I finished working I signed up to their prenatal yoga classes and went twice a week. It had been a few years since I had done any yoga and I was not only a little nervous about doing classes again but I also didn’t know how much I would be able to do whilst being pregnant. Immediately I was put at ease, the classes were tailored to my needs as well as the other mothers in the class. I left each class feeling motivated, positive and relaxed. As a mother herself  Mayan (the teacher) understood the importance of building our confidence as well as improving our flexibility and developing practical breathing techniques. She also gave practical tips for before and after the birth. I attended classes up to one week before giving birth. I have a basic level of Spanish so being able to communicate in English was fantastic! I was very fortunate and had quick birth. I was able to use many of the positions taught in the yoga classes and I know that these helped me achieve my goal of giving birth naturally. I am now looking forward to starting regular yoga classes at Centre Yogaom Vilanova  I would happily recommend it to anyone!" (JW, Jan 2014)

  • St Camil Hospital, St Pere de Ribes

    Recommended by Faye Doran

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    Hospital Sant Camil is a public hospital located on the outskirts of St Pere de Ribes.
    Ronda Sant Camil - 08810, Sant Pere de Ribes 
    938960025 
    www.hrsantcamil.es

    Comments:
    "Sant Camil hospital in St Pere de Ribes is a local hospital that both Jess & Alice were born in, the hospital was clean, own room, and ok food. The care & hygiene were fantastic. The option of gas would have been nice but be warned it is an epidural or nothing!!!" (FD, March 2009)

    "I had a very good experience. Staff were very friendly. Services quick and professional. Single delivery room, with bathroom. Midwives very relaxed. I had to stay 2 days after the birth, by the rules. Many staff spoke English. I was very happy with this hospital". (Irina, Feb 2016)

  • Osteopath - Dr Maria Christina, Vilanova

    Recommended by Lorna Bode

    Dr Maria Christina is an osteopath based in Vilanova.
    660511526

    Comments:
    "An excellent osteopath pre pregnancy and postpartum for any problems." (LB, Nov 2008)

  • Prenatal Yoga, Centro Mandala

    Recommended by Sitges Play Group

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    Classes are currently held (in Spanish) at the centre on Thursday at 10.30am
    Crta. Sitges 85, St Pere de Ribes 
    93 814 67 61
    www.centremandala.com

    Comments:
    "This centre comes highly recommended by many for its courses and for its range of herbal treatments and organic produce. They also offer various yoga and dance courses so it would be well worth getting in contact with them for further information. This is quite a meeting point for international mums and there is a fantastic cafe/restaurant with outside terrace."

  • Gynecologist - Dr Emma Oliva

    Recommended by Rebecca Laidlaw

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    Doctor Emma Oliva is an Engloish speaking gynecologist based in the Policlinic Sitges. 
    Calle Francesc Gumà 25, bajos 08870 - Sitges 
    938949595 
    policlinicsitges@policlinicsitges.com 
    www.policlinicsitges.com                  

    Comments:
    "Doctor Oliva has a lovely, kindly manner,  speaks fluent English and is able to look after a pregnancy right up until birth. She works with Corachan Hospital in Barcelona and Hospital General de Catalunya in St Cugat for births. The Doctor she works with in the St Cugat Hospital also speaks English. She works with most private insurance policies. I would highly recommend her." (RL, June 2008)/

  • Doula - Shawn McSweeney

    Recommended by Lorna Bode

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    Shawn McSweeney (mum of two) is an experienced doula. She speaks fluent English, Catalan and Spanish. Although she is not currently in Sitges, she intends to return and welcomes expectant mothers contacting her by email and she can direct them to preferred resources. She will hopefully resume working on her return to Sitges. Her services normally include birth preparation, prenatal yoga and postnatal support as well as help with breastfeeding.
    shawnmcsweeney@gmail.com

    Comments:
    "Shawn is a highly experienced, sensitive and caring doula. Her ability to support and guide me through my pregnancy, birth and post natal period was outstanding. She was able to see exactly what I needed in terms of physical, practical and emotional support during a very hard post natal period for my family. I had a complicated birth followed by post natal depression and I had also recently relocated to Spain from the UK. As Shawn is trilingual (Catalan, Castellano and English), she was also able to help me with many of the practical steps needed to integrate in to my new community in Sitges. Her services range from antenatal yoga classes and labour and delivery preparation for couples, to assisting at the birth and regular post natal home visits and assistance with breastfeeding. All of my family benefited from her wealth of baby rearing experience and her reassuringly friendly manner."  (LB, May 2008)