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Pregnant in Barcelona

Well, if you are pregnant first at all: CONGRATULATIONS!!! You are already living a wonderful experience and soon you will be living one of the most important experiences ever: you will haver your baby with you. Pregnancy can be really amazing, specially if you are for the first time.

Specially when if your are living this experience far from our home, family and country or ever you don’t understand properly the language:.. You can be feel lost in the new system: healthcare, regular checks, or even options for birth can be a little bit tricky. That’s why this post is for you.

What do I need to know if I’m pregnant in Barcelona

Medical Care

Bacelonas maternity facilities range from large hospitals to smaller clinics and in medical terms, are regarded as being of a high standard. The bigger hospitals tend to operate under the social security system and the clinics under private insurance. Birthing options, however, are limited although this is beginning to change as more women are opting for a natural birth.

Antenatal Classes

Usually you can find antenatal classes at CAP (medical center from “seguridad social”). This classes are given by the midwifes of the centres. You should enquire at your local centre for details and normally the courses are in catalán or Spanish.

Birth Options

The health public system is quite good in Barcelona, so it is a really good option, Maternitat Hospital o Sant Joan de Deu they have protocols of natural birth if the mother want it. Also they also have really good newborns UCI just in case you have any problem. Also you can find a lot of really good private hospitals and clinics where probably you will find a little bit better comfort for the after-birth because the installations are more modern and private.

Also you can find a lot of midwifes that will offer home birth.

Breastfeeding

In Barcelona you can find Alba Lactancia, founded in 1992 is a group that aims to help breastfeeding women with support and advice. Barcelona is full of groups that you can find here. Also you can come to Co-Baby where every two Fridays we organize a maternity coffee as a support group for mums and breastfeeding support groups.

And if you have any other doubt, you are looking for an antenatal course or a doula in Barcelona, don’t hesitate to contact me at 687 98 69 13 or drop me a line info@doulabarcelona.com.

 

 

 

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Why you should go to Antenatal classes

When you are preparing for the birth of your baby, it can seem as if there are a hundred and one things to sort out. However, the one item on your ‘to do’ list that you should not ignore is attending an antenatal class. It is here that you can address your concerns about the birth, learn what to expect and pick up tips on how to care for a newborn.

In my opinion antenatal classes can offer all families access to up to date information, which may sound condescending to those who already have children but research continually changes what is recommended when it come to baby care. It amazes me how quickly the information we have changes and antenatal classes are a great way of delivering this ever changing information. They also provide an avenue for health promotion. The provision of this information in the antenatal period can positively affect health and life style choices for the pregnant woman and her family.

Why you should go to Antenatal classes

Information is power

Giving women information on their birth choices and labour is essential. Antenatal classes are made to prepare you for birth: make you think all of that you will want for your baby birth and how you want to live it. In fact it has been proven that women, who attend antenatal classes, often report back that the labor wasn’t as bad as they thought it would be. With proper use of the taught breathing techniques, and massages, moms and dads to be become better at how to “manage” their labor.

Postpartum

The better prepared, less surprised you are during labor and birth, the more positive of an experience it would be. It has been recorded that many parents were satisfied with their birth experience and transition to parenthood, and found that the information they learned during antenatal classes contributed to this enhancement. This applies to parents whose birthing experience did not go as planned, but because antenatal classes taught them about plan B.

Antenatal classes can provide information to offer reassurance during the postnatal period, those initial days at home with a new baby can be daunting but antenatal classes give parents information on physical, emotional and lifestyle changes you might experience after your baby is born that may make those first moments less stressful and more memorable.

And an extra only for dads

You will understand your pregnant wife’s needs
While your parents might stay over to help the two of you during the crucial months, it’s important that you also know what your wife is going through, both physically and emotionally. Antenatal clases help men get a fair idea about the stress that women go through when they are carrying. Eating healthy and on time, exercising and stretching must be a part of their everyday routine. Even if a gynaecologist tells you the same, men can learn about them in depth at these classes.

Through the course "Parto y Movimiento" you will improve your skills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathing will be your allies in your birth. The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona

Prepare yourself for a positive birth experience! New group: Antenatal Clases in English in Barcelona!

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will improveyourskills and confidence, experimenting a wide variety of positions and movements that combined with the breathingwill be your allies in your birth.

The aim of the course is for you to experience your childbirth consciously and positively with your partner by your side. You will get tricks to help you to cope with every stage of birth, as well as keys for breastfeeding successfully.

In November 2017 we start a new group in Barcelona

Mondays at 19:15h (6th, 13th, 20th, 27th of November and 4th of December) in CoBaby.

Carrer Sepúlveda 65, bajos 4º Metro Rocafort (L1) or Sant Antoni (L2)

Theoretical + Practical exercises 150 €

For further information contact me at info@doulabarcelona.org // 687.98.69.13

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Antenatal course after summer holidays 2017!

The 6th of September we are starting a new antenatal course, join us!!

Are you pregnant? Would you like to take antenatal classes in English?

Through the course “Parto y Movimiento” you will keep your body fit and healthy as you prepare yourself to give birth.

The aim of our antenatal classes is to improve your skills and confidence, as well as preparing you for a positive birth experience. We would like to help both partners get involved in the preparation for labour, birth and early parenthood.

In September 2017 we start a new group in Barcelona.

  • On Wednesdays in Enric Granados 135, 3-1 (between Paris and Corsega) (6th , 13st , 20th and 27th of September and 4th of October).

The course takes from 19h to 21h and it costs 150€. www.partoymovimiento.com

In addition to the theoretical part, there is an adequate corporal preparation to enjoy your pregnancy and birth next to your partner. You will experiment how breathing and movement can be allies in your birth. Parto y Movimiento

[…]We took anti natal classes. Their calm, positive and loving attitude calmed me down big time, gave me trust and prepared us for our little miracle. I can’t recommend her enough! I truly believe all couples; especially expat couples need someone like them by their side.

Sev, James and Luca

[…]We felt they gave good advice and information with no bias as to which options were the best for us. Her knowledge and experience of different birth scenarios helped us to prepare the birth plan that we wanted and her vibrant and friendly personality kept us calm and made us feel supported and cared for throughout the process.

Sarah, Adam and Thomas

For further information, please contact Vickydoula 687986913, vickydoula@gmail.com or www.doulabarcelona.com and www.pregnantbarcelona.com

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Por el derecho de las refugiadas a dar a luz con seguridad

El pasado se repite.
Estamos ante la mayor crisis migratoria desde la Segunda Guerra Mundial. El 55% de los refugiados son mujeres y niños. El film La luz de Elna, en colaboración con Cruz Roja, quiere recuperar la dignidad de todos ellos.

Apoya el manifiesto AQUÍ y #Demosluz para cambiar su situación.

Por el derecho de las refugiadas a dar luz en condiciones seguras!

 

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Charla “La maternidad acompañada” por Jesusa Ricoy

El miércoles 26/10/16 a las 18h en Lluïsos de Gràcia (Pça del Nord 7) Jesusa Ricoy hará una charla coloquio titulada, “Una visión feminista de la maternidad acompañada“. No os la podéis perder!

Hay que reservar con antelación en info@amanadoula.com ya que las plazas son limitadas.

¡Espero que os guste!

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Antenatal course in English mid february-mid march 2016!

Are you expecting a baby in the following months? If so, you must join us!

In February 2016 we start a new group in Barcelona.

  • En Wednesdays en Enric Granados 135, 3-1 (entre París y Còrsega) (24º of February and 2nd, 9TH, dieciséis y 23 de marzo) de 19-21h

We are both birth partners who deeply love woman giving birth. Elisabeth is midwife at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and Vicky is doula since 2010. The aim of our antenatal classes is to improve your skills and confidence, as well as preparing you for a positive birth experience. We would like to help both partners get involved in the preparation for labour, birth and early parenthood.

The course is five sessions and there are two options:

OPTION A: Only theoretical. The coursetakes from 19h to 20h and it costs 100€.

The topics covered are:

  1. The birth stages. The medical vision: What to expect and when to go to the hospital?
  2. Practical aspects of the labour process, tricks and more
  3. What can you do to cope with every stage of the birth? And your partner?
  4. The birth plan: You’ll get all the information to be able to express your preferences
  5. Keys for breastfeeding successfully

OPTION B: Theoretical + practical exercises “Parto y Movimiento”.The course takes from 20h to 21h and it costs 150€. www.partoymovimiento.com

In addition to the theoretical part, there is an adequate corporal preparation to enjoy your pregnancy and birth next to your partner. You will experiment how breathing and movement can be allies in your birth.

[…]We took anti natal classes. Their calm, positive and loving attitude calmed me down big time, gave me trust and prepared us for our little miracle. I can’t recommend her enough! I truly believe all couples; especially expat couples need someone like them by their side.

Sev, James and Luca

[…]We felt they gave good advice and information with no bias as to which options were the best for us. Her knowledge and experience of different birth scenarios helped us to prepare the birth plan that we wanted and her vibrant and friendly personality kept us calm and made us feel supported and cared for throughout the process.

Sarah, Adam and Thomas

 

For further information, please contact Vickydoula 687986913, info@doulabarcelona.com or www.pregnantbarcelona.com

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Consejos para el embarazo y postparto / Pregnancy (and after birth) advice

¡Echa un vistazo al vídeo, son sólo dos minutos y es información muy valiosa si estás embarazada!

 

The “Colegio Profesional de Fisioterapeutas de la Comunidad de Madrid (CPFCM)” has created that video offering important advice to pregnant women. Give a look!!

Pregnancy advice:

  • By attending antenatal classes you will learn pelvic movements, stretching exercises, dilation positions, breathing and relaxing techniques and also how to take care and prepare your pelvic floor for the birth. (if you are interested in English antenatal classes visit www.pregnantbarcelona.com)
  • If you do perineal massage from the 34th week of pregnancy you will minimize any pelvic floor damage (it is better if you have been guided, at least once, by a specialized physiotherapist).
  • Be active during your pregnancy to improve blood circulation, posture and fitness for the birth.
  • It is recommended to sleep on your left side, using pillows between the knees and under the belly (the breastfeeding one can be very useful!) to be more comfortable, you will rest better.

After birth advice:

  • During the postpartum quarantine do not exert yourself or carry weight, try to avoid standing for long periods of time and avoid lying face down to facilitate the womb recovering.
  • After the postpartum quarantine a specialized physiotherapist may visit you to check your pelvic floor. If you are having problems such as urinary or faecal incontinence, constipation or sexual dysfunction this professional can help you.
  • If everything is fine, doing preventive exercises such as hypopressives may help you to reinforce your abdominal muscles and the pelvic floor. Visit www.pregnantbarcelona.com to find out more about them!
  • Place the crib, the tub or the stroller in a proper height to avoid forced positions or overstraining.
  • While breastfeeding, use pillows to disperse the weight of your baby and always be comfortable. Pay attention to not raise your shoulders.
  • Avoid doing abdominal crunches as they can damage your pelvic floor.
  • Ask your physiotherapist what kind of physical exercise you can do and when you can start it.
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A special morning of music for pregnant women in Barcelona

Are you pregnant in Barcelona? If last Sunday 11th october you missed the first concert of l’Auditori for expectant mums and babies, don’t worry, there will be another session in January 2016! L’Auditori of Barcelona offers a series of concerts addressed to pregnant women and their partners and also young babies (<12 months old). Next session will be the 10th of January and includes a talk about the importance of music during pregnancy, a workshop and a very special concert for you and your baby. It costs 25€ and it takes from 10.30h to 14h. More info.

Many studies have demonstrated that babies can listen to music while they are still in the womb. The most recent of those was published last week in the British journal, “Ultrasound” of the British Medical Ultrasound Society (BMUS). The main conclusions are that foetuses really hear and respond to musical stimuli. You can read more at Institut Marquès.

Becoming pregnant in a foreign country, especially with a different language, brings additional worries and concerns. If you are going to give birth in Barcelona you may visit Pregnant in Barcelona.

antenatal classes in Barcelona

Would you like to take antenatal classes in English?

We are both birth partners who deeply love woman giving birth. Elisabeth is midwife at Hospital Sant Joan de Déu and Vicky is doula since 2010. The aim of our antenatal classes is to improve your skills and confidence, as well as preparing you for a positive birth experience. We would like to help both partners get involved in the preparation for labour, birth and early parenthood.

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In October we start a new group in Barcelona.

  • On Wednesdays in Enric Granados 135, 3-1 (between Paris and Corsega) (7th , 14th , 21th and 28th of October and 4th of November).

The course is five sessions and there are two options:

OPTION A: Only theoretical. The coursetakes from 19h to 20h and it costs 100€.

The topics covered are:

  1. The birth stages. The medical vision: What to expect and when to go to the hospital?
  2. Practical aspects of the labour process, tricks and more
  3. What can you do to cope with every stage of the birth? And your partner?
  4. The birth plan: You’ll get all the information to be able to express your preferences
  5. Keys for breastfeeding successfully

OPTION B: Theoretical and practical exercises “Parto y Movimiento”.The course takes from 19h to 21h and it costs 150€. www.partoymovimiento.com

In addition to the theoretical part, there is an adequate corporal preparation to enjoy your pregnancy and birth next to your partner. You will experiment how breathing and movement can be allies in your birth.

[…]We took anti natal classes. Their calm, positive and loving attitude calmed me down big time, gave me trust and prepared us for our little miracle. I can’t recommend her enough! I truly believe all couples; especially expat couples need someone like them by their side.

Sev, James and Luca

[…]We felt they gave good advice and information with no bias as to which options were the best for us. Her knowledge and experience of different birth scenarios helped us to prepare the birth plan that we wanted and her vibrant and friendly personality kept us calm and made us feel supported and cared for throughout the process.

Sarah, Adam and Thomas

For further information, please contact Vickydoula 687986913, vickydoula@gmail.com or Pregnant in Barcelona.