Coronavirus: Our protective measures

Obstetrics

The obstetrics department is fully operational despite COVID-19, i.e. natural deliveries and Cesarean sections continue to take place every day.

We have taken extensive measures to protect our patients and staff.

Entrance to the hospital is only possible via designated checkpoints, without exception – even for prenatal care and childbirth – and only if you are not assessed as a possible case of coronavirus.

If you go into labor and you have symptoms such as a cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, or fever, and there is any suspicion you may have COVID-19, please contact us by telephone before coming to the hospital.

If it is too late for the woman to be transferred (e.g. heavy vaginal bleeding in the 36th week of week of pregnancy or later, or regular contractions close to the delivery date, with birth imminent) then admission and childbirth will proceed under strict compliance with all the relevant established safety measures. In particular, a swab will be taken immediately for rapid SARS-CoV-2 testing. (Results should be available within a few hours.) In such cases, a pediatrician will always be in attendance for the birth, and will discuss with the mother what happens next.

No visiting is permitted at present.

Fathers may be present for childbirth. Afterwards the father can stay in one of our Superior rooms together as a family, either for the first few days, or for the full time until the mother and baby are discharged. If the father leaves the hospital, he is then classified as a visitor and will not be permitted to re-enter. Visiting is not permitted by fathers who do not attend the birth; sibling children are not allowed to visit. We are taking this measure to protect mothers and newborn babies.

Information evenings and presentations on childbirth as well as prenatal courses and rehabilitation exercise classes will be held as webinars (in German). Some services are suspended until further notice.

Further details on the measures against the coronavirus

With Austria’s largest private maternity department, Goldenes Kreuz Private Hospital is the perfect setting for mother and baby – before, during and after the birth, offering skilled support and nurturing care, state-of-the-art equipment, and above all, an outstanding level of medical safety.

Our experienced specialists in gynecology and obstetrics are available 24 hours a day, together with anesthetists and intensive care specialists: this is an unparalleled quality standard for a private maternity unit. Additional advantages are the close proximity and established collaboration with the university departments of obstetrics and gynecology, and pediatrics, at Vienna General Hospital.

TIP: For a complete description of our maternity services, in a readily accessible form, take a look at our folder (PDF).

The number of babies delivered here has been growing continuously for many years now, and confirms the trust our attending doctors and parents-to-be have in our determination to consistently maintain the highest possible standards of medical and care quality. The best evidence of this is the 1,500 babies who come into the world in our hospital every year!

Prof. Fritz Nagele, MD, Medical Director & Head of Gynecology and Obstetrics