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The multidisciplinary centres

Braine-l'Alleud - Waterloo Maternity Ward

Visiting hours

Visiting hours at the maternity ward are very strict:

  • from 3:00pm to 7:30pm, which applies to every room category
  • in private rooms, the partner is welcome day and night.


Birth and parenting preparation meetings - Schedule 2018

Please see below for the schedule for the different meetings (January - June 2018) organised by the maternity team at Braine-l'Alleud - Waterloo. These will be held in French only.

We would like to remind you that prior registration is mandatory. Please call +32 2 434 94 39, from Monday to Frdiay, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.

Download the planning (January - June 2018)


Our specialists and paramedics

Birth and parenting preparation meetings

The maternity team offer a cycle of 6 meetings to prepare for birth. They aim at:

  • introducing our team,
  • better understanding our perception of medical and psychological support during the pregnancy, birth and throughout your stay in the maternity ward,
  • informing you about the different techniques available.

To know more about these meetings, click here.


Gentle birth

One of the main characteristics of the maternity ward at Braine-l'Alleud - Waterloo is the philosophy of a gentle birth.

This notion highlights the importance of ensuring that the newborn is welcomed into the world in conditions that will allow them to fully express their intellectual, sensory and practical skills.

The newborn will be welcomed in half-light without unnecessary noise, and placed on their mummy's tummy with skin-to-skin contact.

The medical staff will be discreet and respectful of these first moments of intimacy that are the foundations of a new family.

When wishing to breastfeed, this will be arranged within the first few minutes following the birth.

The healthcare team will be available and attentive to your needs and those of the partner.

Everything will be in place to safely ensure you full comfort.


Respecting physiology

As a complement to this gentle approach for the newborn, we offer parents a pregnancy monitoring and birth policy that is based on respecting physiology.

The only medical intervention during the birth will be in the event of any potential or actual complications.

In any other cases, medical intervention will be minimised to respect the natural progression of the birth.

The mother will be encouraged to move, walk, relax in a hot bath that helps the cervix to dilate, before resorting to a possible epidural, which will never be imposed but always on request from the mother.