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2019 Baby & Pregnancy Survey

We polled more than 500 mums and mums-to-be about their pregnancy and birth within the last three years. Here is what they had to say about their experiences in Qatar:


Younger than 18: <1%
18-24: 8%
25-34: 74%
35-44: 17%
Older than 44: <1%

Number of children

57% are first-time mothers
43% already have at least one child

Of those who had already given birth...

4.3% were premature (before 36 weeks and 6 days)
30.9% were early term (between 37 weeks 0 days and 38 weeks 6 days)
54.3% were full term (between 39 weeks 0 days and 40 weeks 6 days)
9.1% were late term (between 41 weeks 0 days and 41 weeks 6 days)

Hamad PHCC was the most popular choice for prenatal care (27% of respondents)

30% of respondents say their prenatal care was not covered by insurance

The majority of respondents would choose the same prenatal doctor (63%) and clinic (73%)

Top prenatal doctors

Dr Maha (Doha Clinic)
Professor Badreldeen (Feto maternal)
Dr Zeenat Rizvi (Al Ahli)

Delivered at

Hamad Women’s Hospital: 27.4%
Al Wakra Hospital: 25.3%
Cuban Hospital: 11.3%
Al Ahli: 7.9%
Sidra Medicine: 6.8%
Doha Clinic: 6.5%
Al Emadi: 3.8%
Al Khor Hospital: 3.4%
Turkish Hospital: 1%
In the car/ambulance: .3%
Other: 6.2%

Top delivery doctors

Dr Maha (Doha Clinic)
Dr Sergio (The Cuban Hospital)
Dr Rita (The Cuban)

53% had their birth costs subsidised with a Hamad Health Card

Birth partners

Husband: 49.1%
Another family member: 25.1%
My friend: 2.7%
My doula: 1.4%
No one: 32.3%

Birth plans

43% did not have a birth plan, but of those who did, 73% say their birth plan was respected and followed

Labor & delivery outcomes

Vaginal delivery: 56.6%
VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean): 2.7%
Emergency cesarean: 21%
Scheduled cesarean: 20%

31% of respondents gave birth with no pain relief
79% said the fetal heart rate was continuously monitored
Fetal heart rate continuously monitored: 79.4%
Fetal heart rate intermittently monitored: 13.9%
No monitoring/other: 6.7%

Birthing position

Flat on my back: 54.7%
Semi-sitting: 21.5%
On my hands and knees: 5.8%
Squatting: 3.1%
Other: 14.8

48% were given an episiotomy. Nearly half of those said they did not give permission (47%).

On the positive side, 53% said they did not tear, and of those who did, 90% said they only required stitches.


82% of respondents said they received breastfeeding support at hospital

26% reported that staff suggested they supplement or substitute breastmilk with formula

Only 27% of respondents say they had no problems breastfeeding. The most common problems were sore nipples (29%) and low milk supply (25%)

12% say that they received assistance for baby blues, post-natal depression, or postpartum psychosis; most (74%) relied on support from friends and family

Most were satisfied with their labor and delivery care: 76% said they would choose the same hospital and 60% said they would choose the same doctor

20% of respondents experienced gestational diabetes

Only 20% attended any form of antenatal classes

Overall experience

1 star    4.0%    

2 stars 6.1%    

3 stars 16.8%    

4 stars 41.8%    

5 stars 31.4%

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