Krankenhaus Göttlicher Heiland

Facts and Figures

Births per year 1758
Rate of episiotomy (perineotomy) in natural birth 12.9%
cesarean section rate 24.7%
Percentage of primary (planned) caesarean sections 43.0%
Percentage of secondary (unplanned) caesarean sections 57.0%
Rate of peridural/spinal anaesthesia (spinal block) during caesarean section 92.6%
( Year 2017 )

The Department of Gynaecology and Obstetrics in the Göttlicher Heiland Hospital will move to St. Josef Hospital Vienna, also a company of the Vinzenz Group, at the turn of 2018/2019.

There, obstetrics will be expanded into a parent-child centre with a children’s department and neonatology. The aim is to combine the tried and tested from both houses in such a way that the women and their children receive the best possible care.

What does this mean for you and your baby?

The birth will take place in the Göttlicher Heiland Hospital until December 21, 2018: Dornbacher Straße 20-28, 1170 Vienna

From December 22, 2018, at midnight, birth will take place in the St. Josef Hospital: Auhofstraße 189, 1130 Vienna

You can register for birth at the Göttlicher Heiland Hospital until the end of December.
You will give birth to your child in the Göttlicher Heiland Hospital until December 21, 2018, and then in the St. Josef Hospital.


More information:



Besides doctors, carers and midwives, which other salaried personnel does your team feature? available
Social workers
Offers for future mothers
Offer available free
Pregnancy exercises
Birth preparation courses
Psychological / psychosomatic walk-in clinic and counselling
Individual discussions with midwives
How many birthing rooms are there?: 3
What is the standard of equipment? available
Birthing stool
Birth wheel
Pezzi ball
Wall bars
Number of birthing tubs:2
Care from pregnancy week:36
offer available
Are midwives able to assist with delivery in your department?
Are midwives of the patient's choice able to assist with delivery in your department?
Is there a neonatologist on site round the clock?
Is a peridural or spinal anaesthesia possible at any time?
Offers for mothers and new born babies
offer available free
Clinical baby examination
Hip ultrasound
Listening test
Laser treatment for sore nipples
Social counselling
Breastfeeding counselling
Nutrition counselling
Psychological care for post-partum problems
Confinement exercises
Back exercises
Private groups
Baby gymnastics
Baby massage
Number of family rooms: 1
Number of rooms for women who have just given birth
general class
Single or double rooms 13
Rooms with three or four beds 0
Five or more beds 0
special class
Single rooms 1
Double rooms 0
Routine discharge after spontaneous birth in days3
Routine discharge after Caesarean section in days4

1. Please describe your department’s obstetric philosophy

A birth is a unique and unforgettable experience. The team from Göttlicher Heiland Hospital cares for expectant parents very attentively and professionally in these special hours. With 1,750 births per year, the obstetric department ranks as one of the largest in Vienna.

Göttlicher Heiland Hospital is distinguished by the WHO and UNICEF as a “breastfeeding-friendly hospital”. Individual advice, personal support, rooming-in and a relaxed atmosphere help with breastfeeding in the first days. We place great value on bonding – the first contact between mother and child – even in the delivery room. Relationship building is also deliberately encouraged with a caesarean section (“C-section bonding”).

Each individual birth is something special for our team. Our care is very personal and intensive. With us the woman decides, often only right at the birth, how she wants to deliver. We are open to all possibilities – with the greatest safety and optimal medical care. We offer all modern medical screenings, complemented by homoeopathy, acupuncture or aromatherapy.

2. Please describe the process of a problem-free birth in your department, preferably from the woman’s point of view.

As labour begins or if the membranes rupture, we admit the expectant mothers to the labour ward. Care then takes place increasingly in the delivery room by our midwives in close collaboration with the doctors. We try to manage pain with individualised therapy/treatment within a reasonable scope, and an EDA is also always possible as a last resort.

Under the reliable care of our midwives we monitor our mothers up until birth, and we also pay particular attention to the preservation of privacy. After the birth, as a breastfeeding-friendly hospital, we support bonding in all areas: it begins in the delivery room or after a caesarean in the operating theatre and stretches to 24-hour rooming-in on the ward. Our breastfeeding counsellors are present Monday to Friday.

3. How does your department handle caesarean deliveries on maternal request (CDMRs)?

Elective caesareans require close examination and clarification of all risks. After a thorough discussion with our doctors we require mutual consensus and then also perform elective caesareans. We place particular value on the detailed clarification of all risks and side effects.

4. How is the birth companion included during the labour (incl. caesareans)?

An accompanying person whom the mother trusts may be present during the entire birth process, including in the operating theatre.

5. To what extent is the woman free to choose the birthing position?

With us the woman decides, often only right at the birth, how she wants to deliver. We are open to all possibilities – with the greatest safety and optimal medical care.

Our midwives support the women in choosing the birthing position suitable for them and are also happy to give tips on how the birth can be eased through changing position.

6. Please describe how pain is managed.

We initially offer homoeopathy, aromatherapy and other measures such as the use of a bathtub for example. In the event of greater need for pain reduction we then also discuss the possibilities of conventional medicine with the mothers, from an infusion to EDA. An anaesthesiologist is always available in the hospital.

7. How is the “comfort factor” taken into account during the birth?

Our three delivery rooms convey a calm and homely atmosphere with their extensive facilities and numerous possibilities for planning the birth. We use subdued light and offer music on request. A trusted companion may be present in the delivery room during the birth or in the operating theatre in the case of a caesarean section. We always respond to the women at eye level in order to understand needs and react to them quickly.

8. What is your department’s position on the use of complementary medical treatments (acupuncture, homoeopathy, aromatherapy etc.)?

At Göttlicher Heiland Hospital there is a diverse offer of complementary medicine methods to ease birth. Our midwives regularly make use of aromatherapy and homoeopathy for example – before, during and after the birth. Acupuncture, as an antenatal measure, has been established with us since 2001 and enjoys particular popularity.

9. How does your department encourage bonding after vaginal delivery and delivery by caesarean section?

In our breastfeeding-friendly hospital, bonding has particularly high importance. We promote the first attachment of mother and child directly after the birth in the delivery room. Even with a caesarean section, right in the operating theatre, we offer bonding in order to support mother-child-bonding (“C-section bonding”). When the mother and child are in good condition, the baby remains with the mother constantly (rooming-in), even after a caesarean section.

10. What kind support does your department offer for women who experience psychological or social difficulties during or after the birth?

We have offered psychotherapeutic care for many years right in the hospital which is available for birth assistance quickly and without complications. A social worker visits the ward once a week and informs our mothers about the social options that are offered in Vienna. As part of YoungMum, a team of midwives, gynaecologists, psychologists, a legal adviser as well as a breastfeeding counsellor particularly cares for young mothers (under 20 years old) very personally and individually before, during and for an entire year after the birth.

11. What is your department’s position on rooming in?

As a breastfeeding-friendly hospital, we offer exclusive 24 hour rooming-in. This means that mother and child are always together, day and night. This creates great closeness and has a very positive demonstrable effect on an optimal breastfeeding start.

12. What is your department’s approach to breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding is the best and most natural way of feeding your baby. It is not only practical because breast milk is available at any time, is hygienic and at the correct temperature. Above all, breastfeeding encourages the development of a good mother-child-relationship. Furthermore, breast milk protects the baby from infections and helps to prevent allergies. Since we are certified as a breastfeeding-friendly hospital, we particularly promote breastfeeding. Mother and child are looked after by specially trained professionals and receive expert and current information, guidance and support for all breastfeeding questions.

13. To what extent does your department accommodate cultural wishes/requests?

Göttlicher Heiland Hospital is a non-profit, Christian hospital that is open to all people – regardless of their belief and their social position. We respect and take into consideration the cultural and religious wishes of our patients.

14. How does your department handle foreign languages?

Our employees are employed with us from numerous countries and cultures. In this way we ensure unbureaucratic, quick and efficient bridging of language barriers.

15. What is your department’s position on outpatient birth and early (“premature”) discharge?

We offer both outpatient delivery as well as early discharge if this is desired or the condition of mother and child permits it. We are also readily available after the birth with help and advice.