I'm not in Madrid but I'll be excited to see if or who responds as dh and I are talking about a possible move to Madrid sometime next year. I have a ton of questions for the Moms who live there like what life is like, if they are able to find good OB or midwife services, how supportive the people are with AP lifestyle (like bf or EBF), what kind of food...I've heard that no genetically engineered foods are allowed is that true?
Hope you get a response and have fun on your trip. Maybe you can let me know how you like Madrid.
I was much younger when I lived there, so I don't know a lot about the OB situation. All I know is what I hear from my SIL who has had two kids there. She is in NO way shape or form AP, so she went with hospital birth and intervention to the max. I don't know about the alternatives. I do know that doctors actually still make house calls, so that is interesting. As far as the hospital where my SIL gave birth it was very modern and up-to-date, but not progressive, from what she said. I will ask around while I'm there, but I know there have to be more mamas from Spain around here somewhere, somebody will know.
I don't live in Madrid (I live in the Basque Country) but I know a lot of people who have tried to give birth naturally in Madrid and it's not easy at all... there is a team of midwifes who attend birth at home, and that's about all. All the hospitals are highly interventionist and have all-fashioned protocols. I've heard of a few people who have had natural births in hospitals in MAdrid, but they had to fight a lot and they're the exception, the cesarean rates are way too high (like in the rest of Spain).
Originally Posted by Galtxagorri
All the hospitals are highly interventionist and have all-fashioned protocols.
No kidding!! I just got back from Spain and it didn't seem like I got ANY respect for NFL ideas. While I do like that most Spanish women breastfeed, it seems like many quit around 4-6 months just because that is what their doctors recommend. How could that be??? I'll give you that my dh's family is very traditional, but none of the women in his family would even consider a natural childbirth. My SIL even asked for a c-section (can you believe it?), for no reason, thank god her doctor said she didn't recommend it. But, she was induced early with both kids, just because she wanted to....
I am wanting to go to Spain this January, but i need a way to make money (or at least have a place to live) while im there. I was thinking about trying to be an au pair, but with such short notice im not sure if that would work.... I also considered trying to work for a hostel in exchange for a room. While i dont really have the luxury of being choosey, i would LOVE to be in contact with some Spanish AP families.
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