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.
- Public hospital (LKH Graz)
- Private clinic (Sanatorium St. Leonhard, Privatklinik Ragnitz)
- Birthing center (Geburtshaus Felber Monika)
- Home birth
*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.
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
- 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!
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! :)
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.
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)!