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Natural birth clinic in Tetouan (personal experience)


If you’re considering giving birth in Morocco and evaluating your options, you may want to explore birth clinics as opposed to private or public hospitals.

Some of our most positive experiences have been with midwife-owned clinics, provided your pregnancy is normal and you have no health complications.

Up to now, both my sister-in-law and my sister have delivered their babies in these clinics. Additionally, a French neighbour of ours chose a midwife-owned clinic.

In today’s blog post, I’d like to recount and share my sister’s experience with a natural birth clinic in Tetouan. This particular experience is the most recent, occurring just a little over three months ago, alhamdulillah.

Disclaimer

This is not my first-hand experience. I’m sharing this on behalf of my sister, Umm Huraira. As much as I strive to be accurate with my blog, it’s essential to acknowledge that as a human I may make mistakes. Your understanding if you notice it will be greatly appreciated!

Sanaa Birth Clinic (Maison de Sanaa)

After moving to Dar Ben Karrich, Umm Huraira and her husband looked for birth clinic options nearby. Eventually, someone in the Tetouan group chat recommended Sanaa birth clinic. Not too far from where my sister was in Dar Ben Karrich (around 20 minutes by car).

The clinic is located in Avenue Rabat, Tetouan. You can visit their website here, and Facebook page here.

They first called and booked a consultation with them, which cost 150 MAD (ultrasound included). And then they were informed my sister neeed to do some lab tests before she can be admitted. She went and did the lab test somewhere else, and came back to visit them with the results.

She had low iron, and they asked her to come back to get some iron drips.

They also offered free birth workshop, but my sister never took it and just waited until she was due.

Who owns the clinic?

The clinic is owned by a midwife called Sanaa (the clinic is named after her), and she prioritises natural approach. My sister described her as friendly, kind and nice, masha’Allah. I’ve also read positive reviews online from her other patients.

Umm Huraira said when she came during labour, midwife Sanaa’s assistant was also present.

Note: Please keep in mind that none of them speaks English. They only speak French and Darija / Arabic. You can also most likely talk to them in fus’ha (formal Arabic).

How much does it cost?

Consultation cost 150 MAD (around £12), and then to birth there including a night it costs 3000 MAD (approx £240).

This seems to be the normal rate for birth clinics. My brother and his wife delivered their baby in a birth clinic in Tamesna, and the price was also 3000 MAD.

What’s included?

I was shocked to hear from my family that hospitals in Morocco generally require you to bring your own pillows, bedsheets and blankets. However, in Maison de Sanaa, all of those were provided. My sister said that the blanket was thin so she brought her own blanket.

The clinic also included a night stay.

At first they provided a one bedroom room. But when they saw that my sister’s husband was staying, they moved them to another room that has two bedrooms (no additional cost).

This is what the room look like:

It also has a clean bathroom with a shower.

The delivery room was also clean and spacious. And they provide birthing balls, too. So after you have your baby there, they bring you to the recovery room.

Meals are not included in the package; neither public hospitals nor private hospitals we went to offered them. In my sister’s case, her husband arranged takeaways from nearby restaurants. Usually if family and friends live nearby, they would bring home cooked meals to the recovering mother.

However, the clinic did provide dates and warm milk.

When my sister’s labour kickstarted, she laboured most of it at home. And when the pain intensified that’s when they drove to the clinic. It was really early in the morning (before fajr). They panicked a little bit when no one seemed to be answering the door, but soon after Sanaa’s assistant opened the door and received them.

The midwife arrived soon after (it was impressive, considering the time). Later, they were told they should have called in advance before coming, so she’d be there to receive them.

Why we decided to choose natural birth clinic over hospitals

If you’ve read my old blog post on a similar topic, you’d understand why.

As for public hospitals, it’s usually crowded and although it’s free in a lot of cases, you won’t receive the best care – unless you bribe them. But even after that, you’d receive an ‘okay’ treatment (just minimise your expectations to the bare minimum).

Many of our women in my family have delivered in public hospitals. My family have had an okay experience with them so far, although a relative has said that the staff was “so rude.” (he didn’t know he had to bribe them)

I’ve heard complaints about unhygienic practices and staff rudeness from other people, too. Also, with public hospitals the husbands are not allowed in the delivery room.

Regarding private hospitals, our encounter there was limited to a single experience (in Tetouan), which unfortunately wasn’t pleasant at all. A relative and his wife made a last-minute decision to switch hospitals, a choice that proved to be a mistake. Upon the doctor’s examination, an immediate recommendation for a c-section was made.

A piece of advice: never decide to switch hospitals last minute, especially when you’ve never met the doctor and they have no record of you. The safest and nicer option for them is to opt you for a c-section.

Despite the intervention of my mother-in-law, who is both a doula and a nurse, who told them doctors are not always right and honest, they ultimately felt coerced into opting for the c-section by the doctor. When the baby had sleep apnea not long after birth, the hospital’s handling of the situation was less than optimal, giving the wrong advice and keeping my relative and his wife in the dark by saying “it’s normal, it’s normal.”

After having their baby there, my relative later found out that all of his acquaintances’ wives who delivered there had a caesarean.

With birth clinics, natural approach is always prioritised, and with additional fees you can also book for a doctor to be present. The environment is calmer and you get better care overall.

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Overall, Umm Huraira and her husband were delighted with midwife Sanaa and the clinic. The staff was not only friendly but also accommodating, creating a pleasant atmosphere.

The facility itself boasted good vibes, cleanliness, and a well-structured layout. Throughout their stay, they felt genuinely cared for, contributing to a comfortable and reassuring experience, alhamdulillaah.

If you’re considering giving birth in Tetouan, and looking into birth clinics then we highly recommend you check out Maison de naissance Sanaa (Sanaa Birth Clinic).

Umm Huraira and I hope that by sharing this, we can make it less overwhelming for expectant parents hoping to give birth in Morocco. If you have any questions or concerns do reach out to us or leave your question in the comments!


4 thoughts on “Natural birth clinic in Tetouan (personal experience)”

  1. Jazakallahu khairan for making an effort to write this blog. I am wondering about something though and that is what happens when during birth the baby/mother gets in danger and needs medicatie intervention?
    For example in the Netherlands women can deliver at home with a midwife but only if the does not live to far from a hospital in case of emergency (and an ambulance would be able to come within a minute while Morroco has a very bad reputation for this unfortunately). I am very curious about this. Xxx

    1. Jazaakallaahu khayr for reading and leaving your thoughts, Qamar!
      Believe me, I wondered the same thing and I actually asked my family this before. They said these clinics usually are regulated, and you can book for a doctor to be present.
      As soon as I saw your question, I contacted the Sanaa clinic and they said they work closely with obstetricians and genealogists, and they’re just 5 minutes away in case of any emergencies. I then checked the map and saw there’s obygen clinic and hospital nearby.
      The establishment of midwifery clinics is to give access to safer birth options for women coming from poor background.
      My sister was telling me that the clinic was medically well-equiped.
      In most cases, midwives are trained to notice if something is wrong and if the labour is not progressing as it should and can administer emergency treatment until outside help arrives (providing oxygen, medications, etc.).
      I’m not sure about their exact protocols, but I’ll be researching more on this, insha’Allah. x

  2. Assalaamu alaykum, barak Allahu feeki for this article.

    There are several clinics who offer meals like nakhil and rif.

    I got a question about the birth clinic: is the father allowed to be present during labor?

    1. Walaykum salaam wa rahmatullaah,
      Wa feek baarakallaah for visiting, reading and leaving your comment! It’s not the norm for the hospital or clinic in Morocco to offer meals, so it’s good to know the clinic names of who do (thank you!) 🙂

      As for if the father is allowed to be present during labour: yes, he’s allowed! Umm Huraira’s husband was present during labour in Sanaa clinic. Likewise, when my brother and his wife had their baby in a clinic in Tamesna, they allowed him to be present

      Before we decide on a place, I’d always ask beforehand if a support person like husband or doula are allowed to be present

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