My son was recently born in the Döbling Private Hospital Vienna, so it is a good opportunity to make an update on my experience there and tell you if things changed compared to more than 2 years ago when my daughter was born.
If you haven’t read my initial post, I would suggest you read it now (you can find it here) and then come back to this post.
The rooms – Basically the rooms remained the same, but compared to two years ago the Maternity Ward was a lot more crowded, so there is a chance that you could go to the hospital to give birth and realize that your preferred room type (in our case a Family Room) is not available. Basically all rooms on the floor were occupied, and after giving birth we were accommodated one floor below, in a single room where they added an extra bed for my husband. It might be just because it was around Christmas and maybe some scheduled C-Sections are “rushed” so that the family is reunited back home at Christmas time, but I thought it was important to mention this aspect. We only had to stay in that room for half a day, and then I was happy that a family room became available and we were helped to move there.
Food & Drinks – the food was as I remembered it, delicious and dangerous for the silhouette. The only change was that the afternoon snack (Jause) that was served at 14:30 was no longer delivered in the rooms, but in the big hallway reception room, so you can avoid the extra sweet temptations if you want to.
The patient care before and after birth (described in detail in the previous post here) was pretty much the same.
I was lucky to have a great midwife on call that night, with whom I communicated so easily from the very first moment. I am so happy to say she helped me go through the whole delivery process without any type of anaesthesia.
My learning from this experience is that if you want to give birth without an anaesthesia, it is incredibly helpful to find a midwife with whom you are fully comfortable and that can help you during the whole process, since a private hospital allows you to bring not only your own doctor, but also your own midwife. From what I have heard the fees for a private midwife are around EUR 1,200, that covers pre- and post-delivery support, including help with breastfeeding. However, the private medical insurance usually pays the fee for your doctor of choice but not for the midwife for the actual delivery, so I would advise you to check which costs are covered and which not, so that you know what to expect.
Lastly, an aspect I did not mention in my previous post, there is a company that works with the hospital and approaches the parents with a special offer for newborn photography made in the room you are staying. I am in no way sponsored to say this, but for us it was very convenient (no need to travel to another place with a newborn child) and also cost effective (as you may know, the prices for services in Austria are quite high, so a professional photo session can cost a lot more money). We did it with our daughter and repeated it with our son. If you want, you can also publish a photo of your baby on the Döbling website in the Baby Gallery, where you can see other babies that were born in the Hospital.
As always, if you have any questions, please post them below.