Maternity hospital

Dear Mom,

Congratulations! The birth of your child is an experience unlike any other. During pregnancy, a series of unforgettable and priceless "first moments" take place. You will always remember the excitement of finding out you are pregnant, the first ultrasound and heartbeat. You will never forget the first kick, the first cry and the first time you held your baby.

At Bel Medic Maternity Hospital we believe that every birth is a unique experience and we are here to be your partner every step of the way. Our maternity hospital is fully adapted to meet the needs of both the mum and the baby. Whether you are a first-time or experienced mom, Bel Medic will provide you with a warm and nurturing environment to welcome your new baby into the world.

At Bel Medic, renowned gynecologists and obstetricians work in multidisciplinary teams with well-trained anesthesiologists, pediatric neonatologists and midwives. Using their expertise and modern diagnostic technology our team will provide you with personalized care plan and support. We want you to have a positive birth experience and that is why we allow your partner to be present during labor and delivery. From cutting the umbilical cord to bathing and dressing up the baby, your partner will be an active member in the childbirth process.

At Bel Medic Maternity Hospital we want to make sure that your first days following childbirth are truly special. In many hospitals, newborns are kept in nurseries after delivery. At Bel Medic you and your baby will be together from the start. Furthermore we offer beautiful, fully equipped and private apartments where a new born family can stay together.

We are aware that during childbirth your body is going through a lot of changes. During your stay at Bel Medic, our dedicated team of doctors and nurses will be at your disposal 24 /7. Moreover, a team of physiotherapists will provide postpartum massage to help you relax and heal faster.

Your health and safety are our priority.

Thank you for choosing Bel Medic

Planning a pregnancy?

Planning a pregnancy is exciting, however it can also be overwhelming. Bel Medic is here to help you increase your chances of getting pregnant and having a healthy pregnancy.  

Talk to your doctor about how your pregnancy can be affected by:

  1. Personal medical history: 
    1. Detail assessment of your medical history will help us determine any underlining medical conditions that may require special care during pregnancy:              
      1. High blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid gland disorders, anemia, allergies, epilepsy 
  2. Obstetrical history:  past pregnancies, including complications and miscarriage 
  3. Infections  
    1. Sexually transmitted and urinary tract infections can be harmful to both the mom and the fetus. Therefore, we recommend that a number of noninvasive gynecological, blood and urine tests are performed before getting pregnant or early on in the pregnancy. 
      1. STD tests screen for sexually transmitted infections like hepatitis B, chlamydia, syphilis, HIV..
      2. Pap smear and HPV tests screen for cervical cancer  
      3. Urine test screens for urinary tract infections caused by Escherichia coli
  4. Ultrasound and breast examination in order to identify or rule out any underlining conditions.  
  5. Medication 
    1. Medication and supplements can affect your chances of getting pregnant. Talk to your doctor about medication you are taking. Do not stop taking medication without consulting with your doctor. 
  6. Folic acid 
    1. Folic acid is a member of vitamin B family. Folic acid helps form the neural tube and prevent major birth defects. CDC recommended daily intake of folic acid is 0.4mg.
  7. Exercise and healthy eating 

Confirming your pregnancy

  1. A missed period is often the first clue that a woman might be pregnant. Pregnancy is determined by measuring the levels of hCG hormone in urine or blood. 
    1. hCG is a hormone produced by the placenta after a fertilized egg implantsin the uterus.
  2. Early pregnancy ultrasound is usually performed 5.5 weeks after you missed your period. Early pregnancy ultrasound allows us to verify the existence of the pregnancy, determine the gestational age, size and number of embryos. It also allows us to check pregnancy location and rule out ectopic pregnancy (embryo implants outside of the uterus).
    1. How is the early pregnancy ultrasound performed?
      1. Early pregnancy ultrasound is done using transvaginal abdominal ultrasound

Your pregnancy is confirmed. What’s next?

First antenatal visit  

Once your pregnancy is confirmed you should have your first full pregnancy check-up. First antenatal visit is usually done around 7-8 weeks into your pregnancy. During your visit the doctor will assess your overall health and address any concerns you may have. Together we will design the best birth plan for you, discuss labor pain management and delivery methods.

During your visit the doctor will:

  • Collect your personal medical history data: previous medical conditions and surgical      procedures, drug allergies, obstetrical history…
  • Calculate the  gestational age (how far along the pregnancy is) and delivery due date 
  • Measure your blood pressure, height and weight 
  • Perform full blood test, determine your blood type and Rh factor 
  • Perform urine test, screen for bladder and urinary tract infection
  • Perform thyroid gland palpitation 
  • Examine your lower extremities for varicose veins (enlarged and swollen vains)
  • Perform colposcopy examination and a papa test (unless done in the last 6 months)
  • Perform vagina swab  (to determine the purity of vaginal discharge, bacterial and fungal      infection) and cervical swab (check for HPV and/or signs of cervical      cancer)  
  • Determining the risk of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM)
  • Discuss birth plan
  • Schedule next prenatal visit

Additional prenatal visits are conducted to detect:

  • New risks or changes in pregnancy
  • Monitor the growth and development of the fetus

Psycho-physical preparation 

Pregnancy, if it is not a high risk one, does not prevent you from exercising. If you were not physically active before pregnancy, it's the right time to do something good for yourself and your baby. 

Emotional and mental well-being during pregnancy is important. Having a good pregnancy plan is important, however pregnancy can be unpredictable and plans can change in the last moment. Being prepared for both expected and unexpected situations will ease your mind and help you have a positive experience. Talk to your doctor about:

  • Emotional stress during pregnancy
  • Anxiety 
  • Post-partum depression 

Our doctors will help you with any dilemmas or questions you may have.

Labor and delivery

Dear mom, 

It is time to bring your baby into this world. Our gynecologists and obstetricians work in multidisciplinary teams with well-trained anesthesiologists, pediatric neonatologists and midwives. Together we will take great care of you.

If you would like to have your partner with you in the delivery room, it is not a problem. At Bel Medic, we believe that the partner should also be an active member in the childbirth process. 

We are here to help you have a memorable and stress-free birth experience. 

Few things you should know about labor and delivery 

There are 3 stages of labor:

Stage 1: Early labor and active labor

Early labor:  Your contractions have started and your cervix begins to open up (dilate).

Active labor: Contractions frequency and intensity increases, cervix will dilate from 6 to 10cm.

Stage 2: The birth of your baby

Stage 3: Delivery of the placenta 

Labor 

Labor can be spontaneous or medically induced.  

Medically induced labor

  • Medication or medical techniques are used to initiate or accelerate vaginal childbirth. Labor is induced only when there is a clear indication that your or your baby’s health may be at risk. Medication used to induce labor is case dependent. Medical techniques used to induce labor include membrane stripping or breaking your water. 
  • Medical reasons for inducing labor include:
    • Your pregnancy lasted longer than 41-42 weeks 
    • Your water broke but labor did not start 
    • Your placenta is separating from the uterus 
    • You have uterine infection 
    • You have certain medical conditions like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney failure, etc. 

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