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Madrid

Maternity Services

As in other parts of Spain, there seem to be limited options for mothers who prefer to have a natural birth in Madrid, although that is beginning to change. The bigger hospitals tend to operate under the social security system and the clinics under private insurance. If you would like to suggest a fertility clinic, maternity hospital or gynaecologist please do let us know by sending us your recommendations.

  • Dr Ana Suarez - Obstetrician

    Recommended by Lucy Hales

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    Obstetrician Ana Suarez is a gynaecologist who trained in the UK and speaks perfect English. She is specialized on natural childbirth and water birth and attends at the Natural Childbirth Unit at hospital HM Nuevo Belén, in Madrid, with her team of 5 midwifes. The unit opened in September 2013, offering 3 modern and comfortable birth suites (including birth pool and private bathroom).

    Dra. Ana Suárez Hospital HM Nuevo Belén Gynecology, Obstetrics, Natural Birth, Infertility, Surgery, Laparoscopy, Cancer Prevention, Gynecologic oncology
    Calle José Silva, 7- 28043 Madrid
    Tel: 91 744 41 00 / 902 08 98 00 
    info@anasuarez-ginecologia.es
    www.anasuarez-ginecologia.es

    Comments:
    "I chose Ana Suarez because she spoke English. I spoke no Spanish on arrival and I felt I didn’t want to have any misunderstanding when it came to the most important medical moment of my life. Shes a wonderful lady who was educated at Kings and so speaks perfect English. By the time I got pregnant I’d known her for a couple of years so I was happy for her to tell me what to do. I would thoroughly recommend her." (LH, Sep 2009)

  • Hospital General Universitario Gregorio Marañón

    Recommended by Anne Lennon

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    The redesigned public hospital is one of the busiest in Madrid - it has 9 delevery rooms, 326 beds, 12 surgerys, 42 UVI, units in this Maternity and Pediatric Hospital.
    C/ Doctor Esquerdo, 46 - 28007 Madrid,  915290121 (Urgencias Maternidad)
    www.madrid.org

    Comments:
    "Having been put off the unnecessary invasive treatment by my private doctor, I decided against having the baby in a private clinic, and instead went to the local public hospital. While it was not the touchy feely experience that my friends at home would have had, attitudes had improved a lot since the birth of my first child,this time the doctor took time to explain what was happening. Private delivery room, After the birth my baby stayed with me for the whole time. Very comfortable private room, with bath for the baby." (AL, June 2009)

  • Dra Regina Cardenas - Gynaecologist

    Recommended by Saskia Bostelmann

    Calle Viriato 73,  28003 Madrid Tel. 914413322
    José Abascal 33, Piso Bajo-Pta B,  28003 Madrid

    Comments:
    “The only gynaecologist in Madrid that I know delivers babies the most natural way possible. She has special delivery rooms  in CLINICA LA MILAGROSA and now also at CLINICA BELEN. The only thing is that she charges an extra fee (even if you have private insurance) of two thousnad euros,  perhaps now it is more...” (SB, March 2009)

  • Hospital La Paz

    Recommended by Kathy Burke

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    Since it’s opening in 1965 more babies have been born in this hospial than any other in Europe. In 2005, 11 new  fully equipped indivual delivery rooms were inaugurated, in which women can go through the whole birthing process without having to be moved from one area to the next.
    Pº de la Castellana, 261, 28046 Madrid 917277000
    www.madrid.org

    Comments:

    "Having read Giles Tremlett’s Ghosts of Spain and the description of his childs birth there I was a bit nervous but  things have improved here in recent years." (KB, July 2009)

  • La Clínica Milagrosa

    Recommended by Maike Huebner

    This clinic is situated in the centre of Madrid. It has two new rooms specially designed to make you feel like you are having a home birth but within the safety of a medical centre. Regina Cárdenas is the gynaecologist promoting a different approach to giving birth to that commonly seen in many hospitals and clinics in Madrid, where episiotomies, caesareans etc. are the normal practice. Here, mothers-to-be can choose the position in which they want to give birth, there is also the use of birthing chairs, birthing pools and massage to aid with the birth. 
    Calle Modesto Lafuente, 14. 
    www.lamilagrosa.com

    Comments:
    "If you want to give birth in a more natural way, being able to design the event however you like, there are 3 gynaecologist ladies that opened two nice delivery rooms in the Milagrosa Clinic. It’s a little expensive (around 2.000€) but I think worth it. I gave birth there and they try hard to make it the best. Very likely they speak some English." (MH, Aug 2009)

  • Hospital Nuevo Belen

    Recommended by Katrina Hendry

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    A private maternity clinic, formally Clínica Belen, has more than 30 years experience working in the field of Gynaecology and Obstetrics. The new unit opened in September 2013, offering 3 modern and comfortable birth suites (including birth pool and private bathroom). 
    Calle José Silva, 7- 28043 Madrid
    Tel: 91 744 41 00 / 902 08 98 00
    www.hmhospitales.com/grupohm/centroshospitalarios/hospitalNuevaBelen

    Comments:
    "Belen was lovely, small mother and baby hospital ...all the rooms were single rooms and catered for partners as well. It was right next to the metro station although parking was a bit tricky." (KH, Jan 2010)

  • Hospital Quiron

    Recommended by Brigitte Biehlemail

    Hospital Quiron, a leading institution for private medical care in Spain opened in Madrid in December 2006. The hospital favours ‘El parto científico humanizado’ which is a more natural birthing option offered to women. Dr. Jose Angel Espinosa  and Dra Pérez-Jaraiz speak English.
    Calle de Diego de Velázquez 1 28223 Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón 902 151 016 
    www.quiron.es

    Comments:
    "Dr. Espinosa believes in natural medicine and for example has prescribed homeopathic medicine for me that helped me to dilate up to 4cm! at home without contractions and without noticing it (and I am a first time mother!) They didn’t do the episiotomy enema, or shave me. They have a multi-position birthing stool which allows you to give birth in a squatting position or on all fours.When I gave birth (in January 2008) they didn’t have birthing pools but they hope to. I received personalized friendly treatment from Dr Espinosa. He gave me his email address and answered all (lots of them)of my  queries very quickly. They generally don´t have any problems with doulas being present during the whole delivery process, but you need to ask beforehand. Both, Montse Cob and Elena from www.city-yoga.com, have already worked there. Both doulas speak English and Elena even speaks German." (BB, Aug 2009)

  • Dr José Espinosa

    Recommended by Brigitte Biehlemail

    Dr José Espinosa works at the Quiron hospital and comes highly recommended for his support for natural birthing options. He also speaks English.
    Calle de Diego de Velázquez 1 28223 Somosaguas, Pozuelo de Alarcón
    Tel: 902 151 016 
    www.quiron.es

    Comments:

    "Dr. Espinosa believes in natural medicine and for example has prescribed homeopathic medicine for me that helped me to dilate up to 4cm! at home without contractions and without noticing it (and I am a first time mother!) They didn’t do the episiotomy enema, or shave me. They have a multi-position birthing stool which allows you to give birth in a squatting position or on all fours.When I gave birth (in January 2008) they didn’t have birthing pools but they hope to. I received personalized friendly treatment from Dr Espinosa. He gave me his email address and answered all (lots of them)of my  queries very quickly. They generally don´t have any problems with doulas being present during the whole delivery process, but you need to ask beforehand. Both, Montse Cob and Elena from www.city-yoga.com, have already worked there. Both doulas speak English and Elena even speaks German" (BB, Jan 2009)

    Click here to read an interview with Dr Espinosa (in Spanish)

  • Sanitas Centro de la Salud de la Mujer

    Recommended by Rowena Stevens

    Calle Beatriz de Bobadilla 9 28040 Madrid 
    www.sanitas.es/sanitas/seguros/millenium_centro_medico/salud_de_la_mujer

    Comments:
    Very limited/no English spoken but excellent facilities and service.

  • Hospital de la Moraleja

    Recommended by Rowena Stevens

    Sanitas La Moraleja Hospital opened in 2005 to offer preferential and exclusive treatment for Sanitas’s customers. Located in Sanchinarro.
    Avd Francisco Pí Y Margall 81 902 200 288
    www.sanitas.es/sanitas/insurance/hospital_moraleja

    Comments: 
    "I was lucky that the 2 gynaecologists who delivered Sophia both spoke fluent English. I hadnt expected that at all. At my other  appointments none of the 4 different doctors I saw spoke English. Beautiful new hospital, fantastic rooms, good Urgencias unit, friendly staff, excellent special care unit with lots of humidicribs. My childbirth experience was highly medicalised (eg.drips,monitiors, induction, no fluids, lying down for 12
    hours) which wasnt what I wanted, but I felt secure knowing that Sophia and I were in safe hands. I would have appreciated more  explanation of what was happening during my labour though."
    (RS, April 2009)

  • Ruber International

    Recommended by Andrea Mateu

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    This private hospital is a popular choice among expats and Spanish alike, and was the hospital of choice for members of the Spanish Royal family.
    C/ La Maso 38 Mirasierra, 28034 Madrid.
    www.ruberinternacional.es
     
    Comments:
    "I had my baby there recently with Dr Campillo. It was all very nice and the care was excellent. it is supposedly the best hospital in Madrid. You will be lucky to find many English speaking staff there. I only met one Midwife who could speak a little bit but otherwise it was down to sign language." (AM, June 2009)

  • Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón

    Recommended by Jenni Elliott

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    Hospital Universitario Fundación Alcorcón  is a general public hospital located in the south of Madrid.
    Calle Budapest, 1, 28922 Alcorcon, Madrid (+34) 916 219 400
    www.madrid.org

    Comments:
    "I would strongly recommend this hospital to anyone who is having in a baby in the south of Madrid. We had a very long and difficult induction (which then resulted in an emergency Cesarian) but at all times we were treated kindly and with compassion. Things were allowed to develop as naturally as possible given the circumstances. Having heard other womans birth stories here in Spain I was expecting to have an enema, the whole works! When I asked about it they said that they didnt believe it was helpful for the mother or baby so they didnt do it. We were really impressed by how professional and dedicated the staff were and left with an excellent impression of the hospital in general." (JE, Aug 2010)

  • International Women’s Health Centre

    Recommended by Sarah

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    Progressive centre focusing on obstetrics and gynaecology. English and German speaking.
    C/ José Silva, 7 28043 Madrid Tel. +34 91 129 7121
    www.iwhcm.com

    Comments:
    "I would strongly recommend the new International Women’s Health Center Madrid, in the Hospital HM Nuevo Belen. The IWHCM was founded by Dr Kamilla Hallier, an outstanding German obstetrician in Madrid who is fluent in English. Kamilla, and her midwife Ann-Sophie Borchadt, fully redesigned the birthing facilities in mid-2013, to provide a safe and peaceful environment, with birthing pools and other options to facilitate a natural delivery, but with full medical equipment and staff available if required. The level of care is absolutely top quality – Kamilla and her team are friendly, attentive and supportive. Their focus is on childbirth as a natural process and supporting the mother (and father too) without intervening unless medically required. I also love the team’s approach post-birth – our baby stayed with us from the moment of birth onwards." (Sarah, Oct 2013)

  • Dr Kamilla Hallier - Obstetrician

    Recommended by Sarah

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    German and English-speaking Obstetrician 
    International Women’s Health Center Madrid, C/ José Silva, 7, 28043 Madrid
    Tel. +34 91 129 7121
    www.iwhcm.com

    Comments:
    "I had a wonderful pregnancy and birthing experience with Dr Kamilla Hallier. She is a German doctor, who speaks excellent English, and provides incredibly attentive care. Kamilla’s approach is a holistic one, very much focused on childbirth as a natural process and understanding the mother’s preferences. Kamilla delivered our baby at La Clinica Milagrosa, in a birthing suite that she had prepared with her midwifery team including a tub, fit ball and other options – even offering acupuncture in the very final stages, and fully prepared for medical intervention at all times if so required. Kamilla has now founded the International Women’s Health Center Madrid at the Hospital Belen. I had never imagined we would find such care in Madrid, and cannot recommend Kamilla highly enough" (Sarah, Oct 2013)

  • Dr Emilio Santos - Home Births

    Recommended by Sandra

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    Dr Emilio Santos is an English speaking gynaecologist who has been attending home births since 2003.
    Clinica Vërtebris, C/ San Epifanio 8, Madrid Tel: 913644960
    Clinica Medicina Integrativa, C/ Goya 7, Madrid Tel: 912999416
    www.emiliosantos.org

    Comments:
    "Emilio, gracias y mil gracias, por dejarme disfrutar de mi parto, por no intervenir en ningún momento. Por haberme dejado ser tan especial y el centro del mundo es ese momento que es el parto. Ojalá sea posible repetirlo la siguiente vez, y entonces habrá un solo espectador más. Su hermanito Colás." (Sandra, July 2012)

  • HM Hospital Puerta del Sur, Móstoles

    Recommended by Angela Müller

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    This new general hospital opened in December 2014. In the maternity section there are 4 birthing rooms - all of them with private bathrooms and large showers, and 2 of them have birthpools. You do not have to pay extra for using this birth unit.
    www.hmhospitales.com/grupohm/centroshospitalarios/Paginas/HM-Universitario-Puerta-Sur.aspx
    Avda. Charles V, 70
    28938 Madrid

  • Hospital Universitario de Torrejón

    Recommended by Catherine Evans

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    Public Hospital locaed 20 minutes north-west of Madrid.
    Calle Mateo Inurria, 28850 Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid
    www.hospitaldetorrejon.es

    Comments:
    "I had two children in Madrid and two very different experiences. My first was at a small private maternity hospital, which was everything I didnt want it to be...about as unnatural as it can get! Therefore, for my second child I was determined to at least set the stage for a very different experience. I cant recommend highly enough the public university Hospital of Torrejon. It is located apron 20 minutes north west of Madrid and I would say is not only a Spanish leader in natural births, but would go as far to say a European leader. When I went for the maternity open day I was blown away by the facilities available (beautiful private birthing rooms with soft lighting and option to play your own music, but also water birth options) but also the philosophy of the place to be as natural as possible at all stages, but first and foremost to respect the wishes of the mother. Music to my ears let me tell you! Needless to say I had the most amazing birthing experience largely due to the fact that I knew I would be treated the way I deserved by people who not only had the medical expertise, but also the human element which lacks so often in the Spanish birthing culture. My spanish was far from even intermediate so I employed an English speaking doula (www.luznatal.comwho not only helped me with the paperwork required to get me registered on the public system (even if you are not working but here with a partner who is you can get registered on the public health system as a "dependent"), but was an additional support during my pregnancy, my translator at the arrival to the hospital and an incredible strength during the birth. My Doula was called Yolanda and spoke very good English having worked as a midwife in the UK for some years." (CE, Jan 2015)