My delivery experience in Döbling Private Hospital Vienna

In a previous post I talked about choosing the right hospital for giving birth, and now I will go more into detail about the facilities of Döbling Private Hospital Vienna, speaking from my own experience. This might be useful for you if you live in Austria and do your initial hospital research, or if you would like to give birth in Döbling.

Rooms:

You can choose between a double room (where you would share the room with another mommy), a single room or a family room (if also the father wants to stay overnight). To sum up all the facilities, in all rooms you get all basic toiletry products (shower gel&shampoo, soap, body lotion, toothbrush and tooth paste), disposable maternity underpants, maternity pads and breast pads, plus everything you need for the baby: clothes (sleeping bags, onesies and pants), diapers (Pampers New Baby – Size 1) and baby wipes (Hipp brand).

All rooms have a green view to the interior garden of the hospital, and our room also had a balcony, where we could eat our meals if the weather was fine.

Food and drinks:

The food there was really good (maybe one reason why I only lost 5 kg during my 6-day stay).

For breakfast you have a big list of items to choose from, with no limit on quantities. For lunch and dinner you have 4 options each, different every day, specifying the number of calories per serving and highlighting the foods that are best during breast-feeding. There is also a snack after lunch (called “Jause”) that includes a juice of choice and a cake. In my opinion, the 3 meals are more than enough, and you don’t need the extra calories from the snack, especially when lunch already includes dessert.

Breakfast is delivered to your room at around 8am, lunch at 12pm, snack at 2pm and dinner at 6-7pm.

You have Vöslauer mineral water at your disposal and you can have as many teas as you want for you and your guests from the recreational room on the hallway (if you are planning to breastfeed, you should drink the special breastfeeding tea called “Stilltee”).

An interesting point is that for lunch and dinner you can opt for eating in the room or at the hospital restaurant (which we wanted but never actually did).

So these are the conditions, but let’s talk about the actual delivery process – what happens before and after birth.

Around 2:30am my husband and I entered the Maternity Ward without any prior notification. A Midwife came to us and we first went to a room where we made a CTG (Cardiotocography) scan, which monitored my contractions and the baby’s heartbeat for one hour.

As the contractions proved to be the real ones, the Midwife showed us to my room, where I could stay and rest until the pain got stronger and the contractions closer apart. After that we went into the delivery room, where the Midwife left us have our privacy and intervened only from time to time for check-ups and when we needed her. I was free to choose to stay in the positions I felt more comfortable in (e.g. medicinal ball, chairs, bed); in my case, when the pain got worse, I tried the bath tub which was quickly prepared and I was able to sit there comfortably for as long as I wanted. In my case, it really helped with the pain, but also slowed down the whole process, so finally I decided to get out.

If you need an epidural, there is always an Anesthesiologist in house. In case he is in another operation, there is another Anesthesiologist on call that can quickly come to the hospital for you.

As the actual delivery is very different from one person to the other, I will not go into details on this point, but I would like to emphasize that each patient is free to choose the way she wants to give birth and she will get full support from all the medical staff. My personal feeling was that the midwifes encourage you to have a natural, medication-free delivery, but in case you have other wishes, they support you.

After the delivery, the Midwife helped me go to my room. As I was feeling weak, they carried me with the bed there. From this point, I was able to rest, while the baby remained with the Nurses overnight.

Interesting aspect: the baby can stay with the nurses all nights until the mother feels recovered, no judgement. However, I would recommend starting to stay with the baby overnight as soon as possible and, in case you need help, call the nurses. At home you will not have this option. Whenever I needed something, I could ring the bell and somebody would come to help me, whether it was for breastfeeding, pain medication or soothing the baby.

After birth care in Döbling Privatklinik Vienna:

Baby care:

Each morning, the babies are taken into the nursery room, weighted and given the basic hygiene. In the fourth day, one of the Nurses will help the mother (or father) give the baby a bath, with very clear explanations that we could take home and implement right away. We also made a video to make sure we don’t forget anything, but we did not need it.

Regarding baby products, they use Weleda oil for cleaning the ears and for the baby massage and Octenisept for disinfecting the umbilical cord. They do not recommend using too many products (e.g. diaper cream) and use them only in case you need them (e.g. irritation, dry skin). The good thing is that, at the end, you also get a list with all products you need (for the baby care and for breastfeeding support), so you really don’t need to remember any product names.

While in the hospital, a Pediatrician will do the baby’s initial check-up and a follow up before going home (this is required by the Mother-Baby Pass, an Austrian document that includes all key information throughout the pregnancy and then follows the baby’s check-ups in the first years of life – including vaccines). Also, you can make a hearing test and the hip ultrasound (also mandatory in Austria).

Mother care:

Besides regular check-ups made by Midwifes and nurses to monitor the recovery from the delivery (e.g. size of uterus), the doctor can order other check-ups/procedures. In my case, I did a hip X-ray, daily blood tests to see the iron levels and had to wear compression stockings for a few days. I was also visited each working-day by a Physiotherapist that worked with me some exercises which would help the body to recover faster.

That basically sums up my delivery experience at Döbling Private Hospital.

If you have any questions/comments, please post them below.

Later edit: In the meantime I had another baby which was born in the same hospital. You can find my updated delivery experience here.

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14 thoughts on “My delivery experience in Döbling Private Hospital Vienna

  1. Hello, thank you for your review of Döbling Private Hospital, it’s very helpful!

    My husband and I are moving to Vienna for his job in March, when I will be almost 6 months pregnant. I would love to deliver at Döbling Private Hospital, and am wondering what Obstetrician you had that delivered there, if you can recommend him/her?

    Thanks very much!

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    1. Hello! I am so glad my post was helpful to you! Sorry for my late reply, I am actually really close to my due date with my second baby and my doctor is still the same one as the first time: Prof. Dr. Christian Kainz. I would definitely recommend him, he is also the Medical Director of the hospital, so in case of emergency there is a high chance that you find him there. I would suggest you visit the Maternity Ward when you arrive in Vienna, talk to the midwifes and see how you feel about the environment. All the best wishes for your pregnancy!

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  2. I am the CEO of Ring Code International Limited. I would like my wife to have delivery in Austria. Let me know the cost implication for my decision. Thanks. Victor

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  3. Hi, I have been relocated at work. Me and my wife are going to Vienna this summer for 3 years and we will be 4 months pregnant when we get there. I was wondering if you can give us an idea of the cost of giving birth in Vienna. Our insurance will not be able to cover it and we were wondering if you could give us a ballpark figure of the cost just to plan around.

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    1. Congratulations for you and your wife! I had a private insurance, but I know the bill was about EUR 7.000, for 6nights/7days of hospitalisation in a private room. If you work in Vienna you will most probably have public health insurance and your wife will be co-insured, so she could benefit from the start from the public insurance which covers the delivery in public hospitals. If you want to go to a private hospital, I would suggest in summer you take a tour of the Döbling Maternity Ward, where they could give you the updated price list and also tell you the amount that can be covered by the public health insurance. All the best wishes!

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      1. Hi! I really love your post about your baby delivery. I visited the Döbling Maternity Ward last week and I was very impressed. I am 5 months pregnant and we might relocate in Vienna. Can you please tell me what private insurance did you have. Thanks a lot!

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      2. Hi Dana! Congratulations and all the best for both you and your baby! I have the private insurance from Wiener Städtische. If you move to Vienna, I hope you will enjoy it as much as I do! 🙂

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  4. Hi! My hubby and I are planning a holiday in Austria over Easter, we live in Switzerland and it’s a 5 hour drive away. Shoukd I go into labor I want to be prepared as I am more concerned about birthing procedures than anything else. Did they push an episiotomy on you? What medical procedures do they do to the baby beyond APGARS?…..eye ointment (like in the US)? Vitamin K? Any vaccinations? I will have a copy of my birth plan ready to go, I just can’t find this info on the net! Thanks!

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    1. Hi Jane! All the best to you and your baby! I don’t remember if they did any other procedures besides APGARS, but for sure no vaccinations. There was an optional hearing test plus the hip ultrasound that is mandatory in Austria, but those happened a few days after birth. They are pro natural birth and waiting for the body to be ready, so nobody pushed an episiotomy or an epidural. I would advise you to contact them via e-mail/phone with all your questions, they will for sure answer and give you all the information you need. Have a great time in Austria!

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  5. Hi! Loved yout post. I live in Austria and I am going to give birth this Summer. I am still divided wether I should do it in a public or a privat hospital… In the privat, I would do it at doblinger klinik, like you did. But I would take my doctor with me.

    Did you had any privat insurance? If not, do you know the prices (labor and staying per night at this specific hospital)?

    Thank you! 🙂

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    1. Hi! Congratulations! I had a private insurance, so I did not pay anything. I just got a letter from my insurance company, mentioning an amount of almost EUR 7.000, for 6nights/7days of hospitalization, but it might differ depending on the type of delivery or for paying privately. For finding out the tarrifs, I would suggest you go to one of their Eltern Abend, where they mention all options and also give a tour of the maternity ward. All the best for you and your baby!

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      1. Hi! Thank you for your reply and for your kind wishes 🙂

        I went there to check the prices. I have the e-card with WGKK. They gave me a list of the fees for this e-card. It is around 5.000€ for 6 nights (the longest stay and bringing my doctor with me). They also did a short visit to the facilities… I mean, Woww! Impecable!

        Well, I have to really think about it. I am still trying to get a specific midwife to come with me to the public hospital. If I don’t get one, maybe I will consider to do it in the Döblinger Clinic.

        Thanks once again for your sharing!!

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