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Rome

Pregnancy & birth

In this section you can find our members recommendations for prenatal groups, maternity hospitals, breastfeeding support and maternity clothes in Rome. If you have a recommendation or comment to add to this section we would love to hear from you.

  • Il Melograno – Centri Informazione Maternità e Nascita

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    Il Melograno provides information and support to mothers and parents during pregnancy and early infancy with special emphasis on promoting natural childbirth (including home birth) and newborn care. The association is headquartered in the S. Giovanni area of Rome, but there are chapters in numerous towns and cities across Italy.
    Via Saturnia 4/A
    tel. 0670475606
    info@melogranoroma.org
    www.melograno.org

    Comments
    “I contacted the local chapter of Il Melograno in Mentana just outside Rome soon after the birth of my daughter to enquire about activities in the area. The association runs a mothers and babies group in Monterotondo on Thursday afternoons and regular courses in baby massage and natural weaning among other things. The sessions are a great opportunity to swap stories and share doubts and concerns with other mums in a caring and supportive environment. The association also has a good selection of books for loan on all aspects of pregnancy, birth and early childcare and members are available for consultation on their specific area of expertise.” (LC, Feb 2011)

  • Vita di Donna

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    Vita di Donna is a not-for-profit association giving free advice and assistance by telephone or email on all issues concerning women’s health. It also runs a midwives clinic for medical emergencies.
    Casa Internazionale delle Donne, Palazzo del Buon Pastore, Via della Lungara 19. Tel. 333 / 9856046 (09.00-19.00 daily including holidays), info@vitadidonna.it
    www.vitadidonna.it

    Comments
    “The website (only in Italian) is a mine of information on all aspects of women’s health: pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, abortion, diet, the national health service and welfare in Italy. I found it particularly useful in early pregnancy when I was trying to get my bearings in a foreign medical culture.” (LC, Feb 2011)

  • Centro Tutela Salute della Donna e del Bambino “S. Anna”

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    State-run health centre dedicated to women and children, recognised as a centre of excellence by the National Observatory for Women’s Health (O.N.Da) in 2007 and 2009. Services include a gynaecology outpatients department, prenatal diagnostic testing such as ultrasound and amniocentesis, blood tests, breast cancer screening and infertility treatments.
    Via Garigliano, 55
    tel. 06 77302614/5/6

    Comments
    “I was advised to use this facility during pregnancy for the first-trimester nuchal translucency screening test and the second-trimester ultrasound scan because of the quality of the equipment and staff expertise. To access services on the national health service it is important to book well in advance; alternatively you can make appointments on a private basis.” (LC, March 2011)

  • Artemisia

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    This group provides a range of private specialist medical services at centres across Lazio and other regions. The Main Center Roma is considered the place to go for amniocentesis and other prenatal tests.
    Viale Liegi 45,
    tel. 068505
    info@artemisia.it
    www.artemisia.it

    Comments
    “Artemisia is true to its motto ‘Quality in healthcare’, although obviously services come at a price. The Main Center Roma feels more like a five-star hotel than a medical centre but the general air of efficiency belies a very human face.” (LC, March 2011)

  • Ospedale S. Giovanni Calibita Fatebenefratelli

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    This general hospital on the Isola Tiberina in the heart of Rome is considered the place for maternity care, which is why many labouring mums fail to gain admission. There is a cramped but efficient gynaecology and obstetrics outpatient clinic on the ground floor, which also performs ultrasound scans and foetal monitoring services during the final weeks of pregnancy. However be aware that the use of antenatal services at the hospital does not guarantee access to a delivery room when the time comes; the maternity ward is almost always full to capacity and many women are turned away. The hospital runs antenatal courses for expecting parents as well as organising a monthly programme of one-off lectures on newborn care, post-natal depression, pain relief during labour and other aspects of childbirth and parenthood. The hospital is linked to Ospedale S. Pietro Fatebenefratelli on Via Cassia, which is popular particularly with expectant mums living in the north of Rome.
    Via di Ponte 4 Capi 39
    tel. 0668371
    www.fatebenefratelli-isolatiberina.it

    Comments
    “My gynaegologist is based at the Fatebenefratelli on the Isola Tiberina and I saw her probably once a month during pregnancy, in addition to having certain diagnostic tests and one foetal monitoring at the hospital. I also attended several of the free lectures on childbirth and parenthood, which were excellent. However, when I went into labour the maternity ward was full and I had to choose between allowing the hospital to find an alternative on my behalf – but without having any say in where I would end up – or leaving under my own steam and trying to find somewhere else myself. I decided to find my own alternative and ended up at S. Camillo Forlannini, a general hospital on the Gianicolense whose staff have a deserved reputation for brusqueness but where the post-natal care is very good.” (LC, July 2011)

  • Casa di Cura Città di Roma

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    This private clinic in Monteverde has made a niche for itself as a leading centre for maternity care with a special focus on pain relief during labour. Many of the medical staff trained under Dr Romano Forleo, a renowned gynaecologist and sexologist who set up the maternity department at the Fatebenefratelli on the Isola Tiberina, and the two hospitals work closely together.
    Via Francesco Maidalchini 20
    tel. 0658471
    www.casadicuracittadiroma.com

  • Casa di Cura Santa Famiglia

    Recommended by Laura Clarke

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    This private clinic in Prati is specialised almost exclusively in gynaecology and obstetrics and it is the only hospital in Rome to have been granted official recognition under the “Baby Friendly Hospitals Initiative” of the United Nations Children’s Fund and the World Health Organisation for its efforts to promote breastfeeding.
    Via dei Gracchi 132
    tel. 06328331
    www.santafamiglia.it

  • The Milk Bar

    Recommended by Elena Kloppenburg

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    The first The Milk Bar in Rome in Via San Martino ai Monti, 34, opened in May 2009, in the historic Monti district, and is a small oasis for mothers. It is a tiny shop full of light and color, with a garden where Dad can relax while Mom shops and where meetings takes place in the summer. Inside you will find all the best products for pregnancy, breastfeeding and motherhood under the attentive advice of Kiki, the impassioned mom expert. A large bulletin board will provide answers to many questions: "where to find lactation consultants or LLL meetings," "where to do yoga or baby massage courses" "what to do on the weekend with the baby "....
    The comfortable sofa offers a quiet and private space for breastfeeding and chatting, as well as the seats in the garden. A changing table completes the concept of Baby Pit Stop (certified by La LecheLeague) that we have made available for parents.
    Free Parking with purchase at Via Santa Prassede 6 (20 Meters from the store). They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10:00 to 18:30, wednesday from 12:00 to 20:00 
    The Milk Bar Rome
    Via di S. Martino ai Monti 34
    00184 Roma +39 06 9727 6418
    www.themilkbar.it

    Comments:
    "The Milk Bar hosts monthly meetings of La Leche League in English and Italian, as well as other informational sessions such as “Where to Give Birth in Rome”. They also offer English Language Birth Courses. To keep you updated on all their activities follow the events on the website or send an email to info@themilkbar.it"

  • La Leche League - Rome

    Recommended by Kim Austin

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    La Leche League International is an international nonprofit organization that distributes information on and promotes breastfeeding. It was founded in 1956 in Franklin Park, Illinois as "La Leche League" and has a presence in sixty-eight countries.
    www.lllitalia.org
    doveconsulenti@lllitalia.org
    (+39) 199432326

    Comments
    "When Lucca was born he was a really difficult baby and although the hospital were supportive I felt really alone in Rome as all my family live the States. For the first month I really struggled with the feeding and he was permanently crying. I went numerous times to the doctor but they couldnt see anything the matter with him and made me feel a rubbish parent who was doing everything wrong. They gave me medicine but nothing seemed to help. I was really tearing my hair out alone in Rome with a baby that never seemed to stop crying (when I look back at this time it still makes me want to cry). I spent my whole time walking the streets, researching the internet, reading books and became resigned to the fact that I had a high needs baby who would never be happy. During my research I came across La Leche League and my gratitude for this organisation for turning my life around is HUGE. I spoke to a lovely kind lady the first time I called who listened to all the problems I had with Lucca and gave me such invaluable advice. After a few consultations we discovered I had fast letdown and the poor child couldnt cope with the influx of milk so was inhaling lots of air, had permanent gas and was always hungry - the poor thing. After advising me on different feeding positions to try and overcome this Lucca was a totally different child and I was a totally different mother. Such a simple solution from another experienced mother with no need for medication was so instrumental to my sons start in life that I HUGELY recommend La Leche League for MumAbroad Italy users."
    (KA, March 2014)

  • Gabriella Pacini - Lactation consultant & midwife

    Recommended by Kiersten Pilar Miller

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    Gabriella Pacini is an IBCLC certified lactation consultant and midwife. She has worked in many Roman hospitals and clinics over the years and is well informed about birth choices in Rome and its surroundings. 
    gabriella.pacini@gmail.com or 347 7706 736
    www.vitadidonna.it
    www.melogranoroma.org

    Comments:
    "She is a very strong advocate for a woman to choose her own road for her birth experience. She speaks English and is an all around lovely woman." (KPM, April 2014)

    Click here to read an interview with Gabriella