Research in 2016 by midwives at several public hospitals in the Comunidad de Madrid on lesbian mothers found that many were forced to go to private healthcare for fertility treatment, that they faced discrimination in public health by some professionals, that there was more paperwork for them than heterosexual couples. Lesbian couples were concerned about criticism of their children and lack of support for lesbian women becoming parents. Both mothers though did feel equal emotional bonds to their children. Midwives from Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, Hospital Universitario de Móstoles and Hospital Universitario Fundación de Alcorcón participated in the study.
Hospital Universitario Puerta de Hierro, located at Calle Joaquín Rodrigo, 1, is a public hospital founded on 5 June 1964. It was originally located on Calle San Martin de Porres in Madrid. In 2008, the original building was closed, and the hospital was transferred to Majadahonda. It is a 613 bed hospitals. The hospital has a maternity ward, where married lesbian mothers have given birth. Midwives at the hospital have studied the issues of lesbian mothers under their care, with the study published in 2016.
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