The Birth

Information on the birthing options available in Argentina including hospital and water births...

Generally, delivery takes place in a maternity hospital, which can be either public or private. It is essential to have the mother's medical history available, with all relevant information relating to the pregnancy. An obstetrician is present at a birth, as well as midwives and in private clinics, one other person whom the woman can choose. Certain hospitals allow more than one person to be present. Doulas are permitted and count as the person of your choice. However, in public hospitals it may not be possible for women to be accompanied during the birth.

  • For more information about doulas, as well as links for contacting registered doulas: Click here (in Spanish)

The amount of time a mother stays in a hospital after birth varies; for a birth without complications it is usually two days. Cesarean births usually require a stay of three days or more. Cesareans (c-sections) are extremely common in Argentina, especially in private hospitals. They are frequently encouraged by doctors for practical reasons; to ensure a bed is available when the woman gives birth, or to fit into doctor's schedules.

Birthing options

Stringent laws relating to birth mean that options for giving birth anywhere other than in a hospital setting are very uncommon and difficult to organize. Home births are legal in Argentina, although the practice is not widespread. However, there are midwives that carry out both water births (Parto en el agua) and home births (Parto en casa), especially in Buenos Aires.

Hospitals

The Argentine medical system is split up into public and private institutions. Public hospitals are free and funded by national taxes. Numerous private hospitals exist, offering a very high standard of care. Often certain hospitals are only available for those insured under specific insurance plans.