Where to Give Birth in Graz

This is a continuation of the Timeline "What to do when you find out you're pregnant"

7. Decide where to give birth

“Wo werden Sie entbinden?” – a very popular question in Graz! Basically, the choices fall into 4 categories. Outside of Graz there are several more options as well.

*If you have additional private insurance (Zusatzversicherung), private clinics and single/double rooms in the hospital are free or reduced

Registration (Anmeldung) can be done anytime, but the beginning of your last trimester is a good time to get organized. While of course you will be admitted to the hospital while in labor at any time, it is recommended to register in advance so that the hospital has all of your information on file when the big day comes. For a normal pregnancy the LKH Graz will request you to come in for a check-up and CTG at around 40 weeks.

A typical labor and delivery room at LKH Graz Frauenklinik. Photo: Schwager/LKH-Univ. Klinikum Graz

A typical labor and delivery room at LKH Graz Frauenklinik. Photo: Schwager/LKH-Univ. Klinikum Graz

 

How to decide where to give birth

Here are some factors to consider when deciding where to give birth in Graz:

Public hospital (LKH)

  • Attended by whichever midwife/obstetrician is on duty at the time
  • Generally stay in 4-bed rooms during recovery, partners cannot stay overnight
  • Latest medical equipment and large staff in case of emergencies
  • Kinderklinik on campus
  • Hospital stay is free

Private clinic

  • Bring your own midwife and obstetrician with you
  • Private room for recovery, partners can stay overnight
  • Equipped for C-sections but may need to be moved to LKH in an emergency
  • Babies in need of care may be kept at LKH NICU or Kinderklinik
  • Additional costs (unless privately insured)

If you decide to go to LKH Graz, check out our blog post on what to pack in your hospital bag!

Recovery room at LKH. Rooms have 2-4 beds, en suite bathrooms with showers, and meals brought 3x per day.  Photo by Caitlin Ahern.

Recovery room at LKH. Rooms have 2-4 beds, en suite bathrooms with showers, and meals brought 3x per day. Photo by Caitlin Ahern.

More photos from LKH Graz: Exercise room for early labor; each baby gets a rolling bassinet with blankets and a package of diapers; for an American it is incredible that the hospital room windows open and close! :)

A private room at Sanatorium St. Leonhard with private bathroom, bassinet, TV, and two beds.  Photo by Mark Bentley.

A private room at Sanatorium St. Leonhard with private bathroom, bassinet, TV, and two beds. Photo by Mark Bentley.

8. Choose a midwife

If you choose to deliver at home or in a private clinic, you will need to find a midwife to accompany you for the birth (Geburtshilfe).

If you give birth in a public hospital (or anywhere else), you may also choose a midwife to help you before and/or after the birth (Vor- und Nachbetreuung). Some or all of the costs will be covered by insurance.

For more information on midwives in Styria, click here for the Hebammen Gremium or here for Hebammenzentrum Graz.

If you leave the hospital within 3 days of giving birth, you are entitled to up to 12 visits by a midwife after giving birth until the baby turns 8 weeks old. Part or all of the costs may be covered by your health insurance provider, depending on what kind of midwife you choose and when you leave the hospital. This table gives you an idea of how many visits you can expect - **however, as of 2017 everyone is entitled to midwife visits, regardless of when you leave the hospital!** (so ignore the last red line in the table below).  For more information, contact a midwife directly (see links above)! 

If you arrange for midwife care after birth ( Nachbetreuung ), this table shows how many visits you are entitled to.  Image courtesy of Österreichische Hebammengremium

If you arrange for midwife care after birth (Nachbetreuung), this table shows how many visits you are entitled to.

Image courtesy of Österreichische Hebammengremium

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