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What is the Birth Package?

What is the Birth Package?

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Liv Hospital Gaziantep
Assoc. Prof. MD. Ali Ovayolu
Obstetrics and Gynecology
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08 February 2023
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  • What is a 9-Month Birth Package?
  • Why are Birth Packages Necessary?
  • What Does the Birth Package Include?
  • What are the Advantages of Birth Packages?
  • What Are the Prices of Birth Packages?
  • Frequently Asked Questions About Obstetrics Packages
  • 9-Month Birth Package Birth packages are special health packages that cover the health services needed by expectant mothers from pregnancy to postpartum. These packages facilitate the monitoring of maternal and infant health by offering a range of advantages such as regular check-ups, screening tests, education, and psychological support. Additionally, birth packages provide an opportunity to go through the pregnancy and birth processes in a more planned and organized manner.

    What is a 9-Month Birth Package?

    A birth package is a package that includes various medical and supportive services for the health of both the mother and the baby from the pregnancy process to postpartum. This package, offered by hospitals to expectant mothers, covers the necessary medical checks and other services before, during, and after childbirth. The birth package aims to monitor the health of the mother and baby from pregnancy to postpartum, conduct necessary checks, and provide health services in a coordinated manner. This allows expectant mothers to receive the necessary medical support before and after childbirth, ensuring a healthy pregnancy and childbirth process. Additionally, important checks and education for the mother and baby may also be provided within the package after childbirth. Offering these services in a bundled package provides convenience for expectant mothers in terms of procedures and checks, and helps manage the process more effectively.

    Why are Birth Packages Necessary?

    Birth packages are comprehensive health packages that include the medical and supportive services expectant mothers need from pregnancy to postpartum. These packages are highly necessary for expectant mothers for several important reasons. One of the primary and most important reasons is to ensure the health and safety of the mother and baby by including regular check-ups and screening tests. Through these tests, potential health issues can be detected early and treated, and the health of the mother and baby can be closely monitored. Birth packages also facilitate the coordination and organization of health services. Necessary check-ups, tests, and education are provided in a specific order, preventing expectant mothers from having to go to different places and saving time and effort.

    Education and awareness are also integral parts of birth packages. Expectant mothers receive information and education from experts about pregnancy, childbirth, and postpartum processes. Equipped with knowledge about topics such as breastfeeding, nutrition, and childbirth techniques, expectant mothers approach childbirth more prepared. The pregnancy process can be emotionally and psychologically challenging. This is where psychologist sessions provided in birth packages play a significant role. Expectant mothers receive support and counseling about their anxieties and concerns, leading to a healthier mental state and better preparation for childbirth.

    The screening tests included in birth packages help detect the predisposition of the baby to genetic diseases early on. This allows for timely intervention and treatment, ensuring the baby's health is preserved to the best possible extent.

    What Does the Birth Package Include?

    The birth package is a comprehensive health service offering that provides expectant mothers with the necessary medical and supportive services from pregnancy to postpartum. This package is designed to monitor the health of the mother and baby and provide necessary check-ups. The services included in the birth package are as follows:

    • Pregnancy Monitoring and Check-ups: It is important for expectant mothers to be regularly monitored during pregnancy. Accordingly, check-ups are conducted by an obstetrician/gynecologist at specific intervals according to the weeks of pregnancy. These check-ups review the baby's development, the mother's health status, and necessary precautions.
    • Laboratory Tests: Throughout pregnancy, necessary laboratory tests such as blood tests, urine analyses, and ultrasounds are conducted.
    • Psychological Support and Counseling: The pregnancy period can be emotionally challenging for expectant mothers. Therefore, the birth package includes the opportunity to consult with a psychologist. The psychologist provides counseling to alleviate the mother's anxieties, cope with stress, and facilitate a more positive experience during pregnancy.
    • Double Screening Test: The double screening test is conducted between the 11th and 14th weeks of pregnancy. It evaluates the levels of two hormones, beta hCG and PAPP-A, measured in the mother's blood. Additionally, the thickness of the baby's neck is measured using ultrasound. By combining these parameters, a risk assessment is made for chromosomal abnormalities such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and trisomy 18.
    • Triple Screening Test: The triple screening test is conducted between the 15th and 20th weeks of pregnancy. In addition to the hormones measured in the double screening test, the level of a protein called alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) is also measured in the mother's blood. This test assesses the risk of conditions such as Down syndrome (trisomy 21), trisomy 18, and neural tube defects. Neural tube defects encompass conditions where the central nervous system organs of the baby, such as the spinal cord and brain, do not develop normally.
    • Nutrition Counseling: Proper nutrition is crucial for a healthy pregnancy. Therefore, the birth package includes the opportunity to consult with a dietitian. The dietitian provides guidance on the nutrients needed during pregnancy, healthy eating habits, and weight management.
    • Psychological Support: The pregnancy process can be emotionally and psychologically challenging for expectant mothers. Through psychologist sessions offered in birth packages, expectant mothers can receive support and counseling regarding their anxieties and concerns, promoting a healthier mental state.
    • Non-Stress Tests (NSTs) During Pregnancy: Non-stress tests (NSTs) are used to monitor the health of the baby and mother. Baby movements and heartbeats are regularly monitored using NSTs throughout pregnancy.
    • Delivery: The birth package offers expectant mothers the option of normal delivery and cesarean section. These options are evaluated based on the mother's preferences and the childbirth process.
    • Breastfeeding Education: Expectant mothers receive education on breastfeeding within the birth package. Information is provided on the importance of breastfeeding, correct breastfeeding techniques, the benefits of breast milk, and the nutritional needs of the baby.
    • Postpartum Check-ups: The baby's first general examinations are conducted after birth, and the baby's health status is evaluated. Additionally, on the 5th day after birth, a postpartum examination is conducted for the mother by a gynecologist.

    What are the Advantages of Birth Packages?

    Birth packages make the pregnancy process easier and more supportive for expectant mothers by offering several advantages. The advantages of birth packages include:

    • Comprehensive Health Service
    • Easy Organization
    • Education and Awareness
    • Psychological Support
    • Early Diagnosis and Treatment
    • Peaceful and Planned Birth Experience
    • Time and Cost Savings

    What Are the Prices of Birth Packages?

    The prices of birth packages vary and are a variable subject among hospitals and healthcare institutions. The prices of birth packages can vary depending on factors such as the content of the services provided, the location of the hospital, the quality of medical personnel and equipment. Hospitals typically offer different categories of birth packages to monitor the health of the mother and baby throughout the pregnancy, conduct necessary medical checks, and meet the needs of the mother and baby in the postpartum period. The contents and prices of the packages can vary from basic packages to options offering more comprehensive services.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Obstetrics Packages

    Frequently asked questions aim to provide answers to the topics people are curious about regarding birth packages. The answers to these questions can serve as an important guide to provide expectant mothers with more information about birth packages.

    Do birth packages include options for both vaginal delivery and cesarean section?

    Birth packages typically cover options for both vaginal delivery and cesarean section. These packages may include the method of delivery according to the mother's preference and provide necessary medical and supportive services for both delivery options.

    At which stages and how often do birth packages provide medical check-ups for expectant mothers?

    Birth packages provide regular medical check-ups for expectant mothers from pregnancy to postpartum. Typically, these check-ups start monthly during pregnancy and may increase in frequency to weekly intervals as childbirth approaches. These check-ups monitor the baby's development and the mother's health, and necessary medical checks and tests are performed.

    What are the screening tests and examinations included in birth packages, and how do they assess the baby's health?

    The screening tests and examinations included in birth packages are important for assessing the baby's health. These tests include the double and triple screening tests. Additionally, ultrasound and necessary laboratory tests (blood tests, urine analyses) provide information about the baby's development and health status.

    What topics do childbirth education sessions cover, and what support do they provide to expectant mothers?

    Childbirth education sessions in birth packages provide expectant mothers with information about childbirth and the postpartum period. These sessions may cover topics such as breastfeeding techniques, nutrition, childbirth preparation, and baby care. Additionally, psychological support topics such as postpartum depression and coping with stress may also be addressed.

    Equipped with accurate and reliable information, expectant mothers can take more informed steps towards a healthy pregnancy and childbirth experience. Liv Hospital's obstetrics package services are provided by expert physicians and healthcare professionals.


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