Prenatal Care

The ABCs of Choosing Your Birthing Team

Good prenatal care is one of the most important elements in ensuring your baby is born healthy. But deciding who should provide your prenatal care is a challenge all on its own. Not sure where to start? Use this guide to make the decision a little easier.

Who Will I Meet First?

Gynaecologists specialise in women’s health, with a focus on the female reproductive system. They deal with a wide range of issues, including obstetrics, or pregnancy and childbirth, menstruation and fertility issues, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), hormone disorders, and others.

Then What Does an Obstetrician Do?

An obstetrician is a doctor with specialist qualifications in delivering babies and providing medical care to women during pregnancy (prenatal care) and after the birth (postnatal care). An ob-gyn is a specialist that can perform both the roles of an obstetrician and gynaecologist, which is why many women prefer to go to them as part of their prenatal team. 

Where Does Midwifery Come In?

A midwife is a trained health professional who helps you to stay healthy in pregnancy and, if no complications arise, to give birth with little intervention. Midwives also care for you and your baby in the first few weeks following the birth. While midwives provide a lot of support, care and insight, they are not specialised medical professionals.

How About a Paediatrician?

Paediatricians are doctors who manage the health of your child, including physical, behavioural, and mental health issues. They’re trained to diagnose and treat childhood illnesses, from minor health problems to serious diseases.

How Do I Choose My Prenatal Team?

Depending on your pregnancy, you can choose the care you will receive during your pregnancy. This may include a midwife, an obstetrician, an anaesthetist, a paediatrician or a team consisting of all of these specialists. Get to know your doctor or midwife by scheduling regular appointments and getting references from previous patients. This will ensure that you feel comfortable with them and that a trusting relationship can be built. They will also assist you in preparing your birth plan and choosing an appropriate birthing location (hospital, home or clinic).

Choose Bestmed As Your Partner

We want to ensure that our members enjoy their pregnancy from start to finish by offering various benefits on different plans that will ensure you feel looked after, both during and after your pregnancy. This includes nine pregnancy consultations, two 2D scans, dietician consultations, biokineticist consultations, pregnancy supplements and pathology tests.

Unlock Your Benefits

Step 1:

Let us know about your pregnancy:

Step 2:

Contact us to confirm your registration on the maternity programme.

Step 3:

We’ll obtain confirmation of your due date and open a maternity case for you, unlocking your benefits.

Step 4:

We’ll send you a free maternity bag during your third trimester. The date of delivery will depend on when you notified us of your pregnancy.

Step 5:

Welcome your baby into the world.

Step 6:

Go for a six-week check-up with your doctor after your baby’s birth.

For more information, call us on 08600 2378

or email service@bestmed.co.za.

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