Delivery at Costa del Sol hospital

by Lesley
(Marbella)


Hi there, I wonder if anyone can tell me if I can pay privately for healthcare at the Costa del sol hospital? I'm pregnant, due in May. I'm not entitled to social healthcare and not covered under my private medical insurance. I have been paying privately for antenatal care but have heard that Costa Del sol hospital is the only hospital in the area which has a birthing pool. I would really like a pool birth. Can anyone help?

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Apr 24, 2015
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water birth
by: Jessie

My friend had her baby at hospital ceram. Everything she has to say are good words about the staff and the facilities. I am visiting it on Monday, will let you know how it goes.

Apr 23, 2015
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Hospital Ceram
by: Anonymous

Hello! I've just had my first appointment at Hospital Ceram. They have 2 incredible pools for birthing. I called to ask them about water birth and they booked a free appointment with the head midwife (Antonio) very nice person and fluent speaking english. He's been doing water birth deliveries in Ireland in the past and explained things perfectly.
I am talking to my husband but I think Ceram will be the option for me. I strongly recommend you go and visit the hospital.

Mar 10, 2015
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Delivery hospital in Marbella
by: Robert

You may also want to check out CERAM HOSPITAL

They have been in Marbella for over 20 years specialising in reproductive medicine and health and have an amazing facility in Marbella.


Feb 18, 2015
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Anne
by: Charlotte

You can contact her here: www.irishmidwife.com. She's no longer working at the hospital but her colleague Yvonne at Irish Midwife is.

Feb 18, 2015
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Ann working at the Costa del Sol Hospital
by: Marbella Family Fun

Hello,

Are you referring to Ann the Irish Midwife?

If so, you can reach her directly at the following details:

THE IRISH MIDWIFE.

Good Luck!

MarbellaFamilyFun.com

Feb 18, 2015
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miss
by: Anonymous

Hi can anyone tell me if ann is still working at this hospital thanks

Mar 18, 2014
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best hospital
by: Anonymous

This is the best hospital
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Sep 16, 2013
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Gyn
by: Charlotte

Hi there. He gives me a copy of all test results and tells me to carry them with me everywhere just in case so I will take them with me. Last time I was admitted he gave me paperwork to give them when I arrived. Good luck!

Sep 15, 2013
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by: OM

thx aot for feedback. Do you know if this genycologist will share the tests results and all papers about your pregnancy with the Costa Del Sol Hospital? does it work this way? i will book meeting with Anne for sure as well. thx for advice! maybe see you there :)

Sep 15, 2013
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Midwife appointments at CDS
by: Charlotte

I'm seeing my gyn at Clinica del Rio, Paco Gonzales. He's super nice and speaks English and also works regularly at the Costa del Sol. I asked him if I need to go there before the birth and he said not to worry so I am planning to go on one of the courses hosted by Anne the Irish Midwife a month before I'm due and know that she and her colleague will fill me in on everything I need to know before I get there!

Sep 12, 2013
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midwife/pregnancy healthcare
by: OM

Dear All, thx for your prompt feedback on the below q-s. another thing i would like to ask. I plan to have delivery at Costa Del Sol (will be paying myself as we just moved) I do my current pregnancy checks at Hospiten in Estepona. But they told me that if i plan to have delivery at Costa Del Sol it will be good to make at least few final appointments with their midwifes, so the hospital will have records and papers about my pregnancy etc. Because Hospiten and COsta Del Sol Hospital do not share patient information so i will be "new" for them if i first come on the day of the delivery.
please advice if you had any planned appointments with midwife or gynecologist at Costa Del Sol Hospital before your delivery date? i called them, but did not explain to me well in english how this works, and translator was not present at that moment. Thank you to all of you for any help and advices!

Sep 05, 2013
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Costa del Sol hospital Marbella
by: Anne

Thanks Colleen - the cost depends on interventions required - if any! But it rarely is the figure you've heard.... Lesley get in touch and we can help/advise you how to go about it.

You can contact us via www.irishmidwife.com where you will also find a an article on the links page 'early pregnancy in Spain'

Sep 05, 2013
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Costa del Sol hospital delivery
by: Colleen

No they have epidurals and no gas. Check your private health insurance if they use CDS - If not, to pay I've heard is €3000-€5000. Contact Anne Halpenny Irish Midwife for more information

Aug 15, 2013
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Reg latte gas
by: OM

Please advice if there is latte gas availavle to breath via a mask that will minimize pain?

Feb 15, 2013
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Delivery at Costa Del Sol hospital
by: Costa Kids

My Spanish is by no means fluent (I'd say it was basic infact and it certainly didn't stretch to medical terms back then) and it didn't stop me from understanding what anyone was saying to me, even if it was in Spanish. I think I only encountered 3 midwives who didn't speak any English the entire time I was there, the two who examined me before being taken to the delivery suite and one midwife who was in with me after the birth.

You would have to check with a midwife how many people you can have in the room with you. I was told only one could be present for the birth, but again that was a year ago and I had previously been told translators could be present if you needed them to be. It's definitely best to check with someone who works there (or Anne who works with someone who still works there) as you will hear all kinds of things from people who know of someone who once had a baby there, most of which turns out not to be true or out of date information. Again Anne would be able to advise you on someone you could pay privately to be with you when you are in labour if that's what you feel you need.

As for there not being enough midwives to supervise water births, this may have been the case but I was surprised at just how mant midwives were around when I was there. I had 3 midwives in the room when I gave birth and 6 in there after I gave birth all with their own jobs to do, compared to my birth in the UK it was like VIP treatment! I had no complications and neither did the baby so I couldn't quite work out what they were all for, although he was rather large so was a bit of a celebrity in the hospital that Christmas morning so half of them may have been in there to have a look at him and were even showing him off to their families at one point!

I honestly couldn't recommend the CDS enough and their midwives are simply amazing, English speaking or not, they were absolutely brilliant and they go out of their way to help you and make sure you understand exactly what is going on. I can completely understand how unnerving it is having a baby in a country where you don't speak the language fluently, I was a bag of nerves myself, but I would do it all again tomorrow with hesitation because it was a great experience and not the one that I imagined it would be.

Feb 10, 2013
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Delivering at Hospital Costa del Sol
by: Suzy

What a lot of great info! Sounds like things are improving here though. Nice to hear. Good luck!

Feb 10, 2013
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Private English speaking midwife
by: Lesley

Thanks so much everyone for you help....its really appreciated. What worries me most is that my spanish is horrible! I'm wondering if it would be possible to hire a private English speaking midwife to attend the birth and help me communicate with the hospital staff...(I don't want to leave it to chance whether or not I happen to have english speaking staff). Does anyone know if that is possible and if so can you recommend someone??

Feb 10, 2013
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Pool birth Marbella hospital
by: Anne

In truth Kate things have improved in the couple of years, as more midwives are confident using it than in the beginning and the unit is not quite so busy - like all units the rate has dropped a tiny bit. x

Feb 10, 2013
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Birthing pool Costa del Sol hospital in Marbella
by: Kate

Hi All; Just to say when I was on social security etc. and wanted the birthing pool at hospital Costa del Sol, (it was really important to me), when my time came I was told that although it was free; it was not an option as there was very seldom enough people on duty to have a nurse sit with you the whole time, (one of the rules), so it sat empty while I suffered. Hope you have better luck! XK

Feb 10, 2013
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Cost of birth at Marbella Costa del Sol hospital
by: Anne

Hi, a lot of the above posts are correct. A birth plan will be adhered to unless 'medically contraindicated' and thus explained to you.

The birthing pool is available on a first come basis - if it is free you will be able to use it.

Most of the midwives speak some English. The system of payment is CASH or CC if you do not have Social Security cover. The EU Healthcard is insufficient as it is not an emergency. ie you are in another EU country and due a baby.

You can organize temporary social security cover but you must do this via the UK, and only if you have recently arrived here. Otherwise the cost of a normal birth is between 2-3000€ at present.

Hope that helps, as I am still practicing and run Antenatal classes that Ellie came to a number of years ago, [thanks Ellie] feel free to contact me for more info. Yvonne Marry who is fulltime in the HCS gives the classes with me. We have a course at present and one in April and you can find our fb page - irishmidwife. Best of luck. Anne

Feb 10, 2013
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paying for birth at hospital Costa del Sol
by: Lindsay

Take your passport and valid European health insurance card (or S1 form for longer term stays abroad) then you are covered for benefits in kind and dont have to pay.

Hospitals started sending out invoices a while back to alert people to the costs of treatment and respect the health service more (not sure if its working!) but I think you'll find the UK govt will pick up the tab so long as you are paid in over there.

I had a private midwife who luckily couldn't attend as she was away when DD came a month early, saved me about 3,000 and the hospital staff were great, even in antiquated times 9 years ago!

Feb 10, 2013
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Marbella hospital midwife
by: Chris

Try to get in touch with Irish midwife Anne Halpenny. If she's still practicing then she's highly recommended! She worked at HCS for a number of years too.

Feb 10, 2013
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Birthing plan hospital Costa del Sol Marbella
by: Kate

I highly recommend the Hospital Costa Del Sol! I didn't use the pool as I'm not into water!

I just wanted to add that I had 2 Spanish midwifes and they spoke to me in English. I had a Birth Plan which they followed above and beyond what I expected. I requested to wait until the cord stopped pulsing before cutting it, to have a natural delivery of the placenta and no vaccines/eye drops at birth.

I had heard that my Birth Plan would probably be ignored but even with my fast delivery they had looked at it, respected it and followed it. They even let my husband pull the baby out of me and cut the cord. Plus they let us do naked skin to skin for about 2 hours in the delivery room - which I hadn't even thought about!

The recovery rooms are small but some have sea views. The aftercare is a bit full on but I guess this is to make up for the lack of postnatal care at home.

I got the Birth Plan to fill in from my Midwife - we are covered by the Social. If you want a copy I'm sure it hasn't changed and could email you a copy as I scanned and emailed it to my pregnant friends at the time. I would definitely have my future babies at the HCDS!

Feb 10, 2013
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Giving birth at Costa del Sol hospital
by: Costa Kids

You can go to the hospital and have your baby there, like anyone you won't be guaranteed the use of the pool as they only have one (unless they have installed more since I had my baby there) and it may be in use but you can ask for it when you are taken up to be examined and see if that particular delivery room is free.

They billed me in error and the charge for a straight forward birth, no drugs and a 2 night stay in hospital was just under 2000 euros which compared to Hospiten at 7000 euros, the Marbella hospitals at even more or Gibraltar at £7000 is by far the cheapest option. They will either present you with a bill upon leaving (after having sent someone from their admin department to see you to get all of your details after you give birth and are moved to a ward) or send one to your address after you leave.

The facilities there are great, the delivery suites are huge and the midwives are brilliant, the recovery wards however are tiny so you have to keep your fingers crossed they don't put anyone else in with you.

Compared to the UK my birth there was different but no worse or better, they are very no nonsense, would laugh at you if you showed them a birth plan (although some of the younger midwives who've trained in England are more accommodating), the choice of drugs isn't as wide, although that didn't bother me at all and they do tend to like keeping you on a monitor and therefore laying down a lot more than you perhaps would elsewhere, but they were fantastic and I would have another baby there tomorrow!

Good Luck with the little one!

Feb 10, 2013
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Call hospital Costa del Sol
by: Jane

Ring the hospital admin?

+34 951 976 669 or +34 951 976 670

Feb 10, 2013
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payment at Costa del Sol hospital
by: Katie

I have heard that if you go to the hospital when you are in labour they will admit you and treat you and then send you the invoice afterwards for you to pay. There was a post on here at the end of last year about it...

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