Maternity unit

Safe and Cozy

The birth of a child is the most important event in the life of the mother, the child and the entire family. Bearing in mind the importance of this event from a medical, but also a personal point of view, the expert team at Podobnik Maternity Unit has designed and developed comprehensive services for mothers in labor according to the smallest details. Integrated care is delivered from the moment of the patient’s arrival at the hospital until going home with the newborn child. We are guided by the most important aspects for all expectant mothers, namely safety, comfort, dedication to the mother and the highest quality health care. In order for the delivery to proceed as successfully as possible, optimal circumstances are extremely important. Our private maternity unit offers exactly that - the highest quality health care in a cozy and safe environment where your child will start their life.

Individualan pristup

What distinguishes us from others is the individual approach to each expectant mother. Every woman in labor has at her disposal a gynecologist, anesthesiologist, neonatologist and several nurses and midwives, who take care of her 24 hours a day, throughout her stay in the maternity unit. During delivery, every woman in labor has her own constantly present midwife who goes through all stages of childbirth with her and the future father. However, caring for the patient does not begin with her arrival at the maternity unit, but rather with the consultations with the patient and her partner during pregnancy checkups so that he too will be ready to actively help and support the expectant mother. Our intention is to make the delivery of a new life as beautiful as possible, and to enable the mother to remember the feeling in the best possible light.

  • 24-hour patient care
  • painless delivery - an anesthesiologist is always present with the mother
  • baby and mother friendly
  • exceptional food and superb accommodation
The first happy days of motherhood!

Delivery rooms

Podobnik Maternity Unit has 3 state-of-the-art delivery rooms with modern, adjustable delivery tables that can be adjusted to various positions to make the delivery as comfortable as possible with as few difficulties as possible.

We are aware that childbirth is an extremely stressful time for the expectant mother, and we strive to make her stay in the maternity unit, and also in the delivery room, as comfortable as possible. We are open to all suggestions coming from our patients, and if there are no medical contraindications, we try to fulfill every wish and request. For example, during the first stage of labor, our mothers can use relaxation balls, which reduce pain and speed up the opening process, and during labor they can listen to their favorite music and enjoy in the support of their partners.

Types of delivery

Natural Delivery
Caesarean Section Delivery

We use methods of regional analgesia (epidural analgesia or single shot spinal analgesia) thus reducing the labor pains or almost completely eliminating them. Thanks to its benefits, epidural analgesia is the most popular means of pain relief in the world during childbirth. Thus, the delivery is almost painless, which is of great benefit in cases of a prolonged or difficult labor. The experience of giving birth under epidural analgesia is generally positive; mothers retain the feeling of the pressure of labor and the natural urge to push, but the beauty of childbirth is not diminished by the pain.  Our experienced anesthesiologists are with the woman in labor during the entire birth, monitoring her and adjusting her medicine individually and according to the stages. The woman in labor does not need to decide in advance whether she wants epidural analgesia or not, but rather she can discuss everything with the doctors during the delivery, depending on the phase of expulsion and according to how she is feeling.

Natural childbirth means delivery without analgesia, ideally with natural labor. During such a delivery, the woman in labor moves freely and changes body positions depending on which one suits her the best and makes it easier for her to go through labor. To relieve her pain in a natural way, she can use a Pilates ball, take a shower or get a lower back massage. During this time, the woman in labor has a telemetric, or wireless CTG, which enables free movement while we monitor the fetal heartbeat. For the expulsion itself, she also chooses a position that is comfortable for her, most often sitting, on a stool or on a delivery bed that can be adjusted to a sitting position.

Cesarean section is performed in cases where the procedure is the safer option for the mother and baby. In most cases, regional anesthesia is used - spinal or epidural, under which the woman in labor does not feel pain during the procedure nor several hours after it. Under regional anesthesia, the anesthetics do not reach the baby, because they do not enter the mother's bloodstream, and the mother is awake and present during the delivery, hears the baby's first cry and immediately establishes contact with the baby. If there is an indication for it or following the mother's request, a caesarean section will be performed under general anesthesia.

Our doctors are exclusively experienced surgeons who have performed a large number of surgeries over the years. Surgeries at Podobnik Special Hospital are never performed by residents or doctors in training.

The surgery technique is a modification of the LUCS method. By employing it, we achieve minimal tissue damage, reduce the possibility of complications for the mother and the baby to a minimum. Additionally, the postoperative recovery with this method is the fastest. We use the highest quality threads for sewing tissue layers and fully resorbable sutures that are sewn under the skin. Therefore, there is no need to remove the stitches postoperatively and the scar is minimally visible.

Gentle  Caesarean Section

It is performed under regional anesthesia (spinal or epidural), and the mother is awake the whole time. Upon the wishes of the parents, the partner may attend the operation and sit next to the woman in labor; so they welcome their baby together, hear the baby's first cry and together, as soon as the baby is born, establish the first contact with the baby.

Immediately after the procedure, the parents and the baby spend their first hours together in their room.

Postoperative Care

Recovery is easier because there is less pain experienced immediately after the surgery. We continuously administer an adjusted dose of analgesics intravenously to the mother in order to suppress postoperative pain in the first days after the procedure. We also give her antibiotics to prevent inflammation and for the wound to heal better.


Accommodation in private suites provide comfort and coziness to mothers, and an intimate atmosphere staying together with the baby after giving birth . A bed for a partner can be added to one-bedroom suites: we believe that closeness with the mother and father in the first days of life has a beneficial effect on the health of the newborn and its development, and that it positively affects the relationship dynamics of the entire family.

TV, radio
Free Wi-Fi
All meals included
24-hour care
Medical bed
Modern suites

Care and food

Professional medical staff take care of mothers and babies, help with breastfeeding, and through education and practical guidance, prepare mothers for independent care of the baby after leaving the hospital.

We prepare meals in our own professionally equipped kitchen from quality ingredients of selected origin, and the food is adapted to your dietary needs. Fresh seasonal fruit is always available.

Baby and mother friendly

Naši pedijatri i neonatalne sestre zajedno s ginekolozima i primaljama Vašu će bebu dočekati s dobrodošlicom. Bebu odmah po porodu stavimo majci na prsa, jer je taj prvi kontakt koža-na-kožu važan, smiruje i majku i novorođenče. Nakon prvog pregleda pedijatra do odlaska u apartman majka i beba u rađaonici izmjenjuju nježnosti.

Tijekom boravka u rodilištu pedijatri i neonatalne sestre educirat će Vas o prehrani novorođenčeta, pomoći Vam da ovladate tehnikom dojenja, naučite kupati bebu i kako obaviti toaletu pupka, kako njegovati bebinu kožu te Vam pružiti sve ostale potrebne informacije da biste tijekom prvih dana majčinstva bili bezbrižni!

Njegujemo koncept baby and mother friendly rodilišta, jer želimo u svakom trenutku majci i bebi biti na raspolaganju. Majka i beba kod nas su 24 sata u dobrim rukama naših primalja i neonatalnih sestara i uživaju potpunu i kvalitetnu skrb. To je vrijeme potrebno rodilji i da se do odlaska kući potpuno oporavi od poroda, dobije određena znanja i stekne vještine potrebne za samostalnu njegu svojeg djeteta.

Newborn Care

Immediately after birth, the newborn is treated in the same way as in state hospitals, which we will inform you about in advance and ask for your consent. Given that we strive for each of our pregnant women to give birth on time, certainly after the 36th week of pregnancy, most of our newborns do not require special therapy after birth. The hospital has 3 incubators, so in cases of adaptation problems after birth and temporary breathing problems, the newborn in the incubator can receive oxygen and infusions.

The only private maternity hospital in Croatia!

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The only private maternity hospital in Croatia!


x+  How to pre-register for childbirth at Podobnik Special Hospital?
Pregnant women who manage their pregnancy with an outside gynecologist must start performing regular check-ups in our hospital no later than the 35th week of pregnancy, in order to get to know each other and plan the delivery. For the first examination, it is necessary to make an appointment at least 3 weeks in advance, by phone or email.
x+  How to plan the delivery, if we don’t live in Zagreb?
Pregnant women from all parts of Croatia and neighboring countries give birth in Podobnik Special Hospital. If you also live far away, we suggest that you contact us at an earlier stage of pregnancy and come for the first examination while it is still easy for you to travel. At that examination, you will agree with our doctors on further check-ups and the date of your arrival in Zagreb before the delivery.
x+  Do you send pregnant women to other hospitals in case of complications?
In our 15 years of existence, we have never sent a woman in labor for further treatment outside our hospital. Our team of gynecological surgeons also performs major gynecological surgeries, and in the event that a woman in labor needs surgical care after giving birth, everything is done in one of our operating rooms. Specific medicines, or the necessary therapy, are prescribed by our experienced anesthesiologists, specialists in intensive care medicine and resuscitation. When necessary, we also routinely administer transfusions of blood products, and blood products, like all other hospitals, are obtained from the Institute for Transfusion in Zagreb.
x+  How are newborns who need intensive treatment after birth cared for?
In the event that a newborn needs intensive treatment or diagnostics, we transport the newborn in a transport incubator to the Institute for Intensive Neonatal Treatment of the University Hospital Center Rebro. This is most often the case with prematurely born children, who may be under-capacitated and need help to breathe. Given that we strive for each of our pregnant women to give birth on time, certainly after the 36th week of pregnancy, most of our newborns do not require special therapy after birth.
x+  Can I call your emergency service for an urgent examination?
The emergency service is available 24 hours a day throughout the year exclusively for our patients, i.e for our pregnant patients or our gynecological patients. We only accept patients who are already registered in our system for urgent examination and treatment.
x+  Why is recovery after a c-section delivery faster and easier at Podobnik Special Hospital than elsewhere?
In addition to special operative techniques and the many years of experience of our surgeons, the use of medicine for post-operative pain and infection control and our individual approach to each woman in labor is irreplaceable, which leads to a more painless recovery.
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