Midwifery Services

Maternity Care

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This information aims to answer some of the general questions you may have about having a baby during your posting to Germany, Belgium or Holland.  It is intended for Service and MOD-sponsored civilian personnel and their dependents, married and unmarried, who are considering having a baby or are pregnant.  More specific aspects of pregnancy and birth can be obtained from your midwife or obstetrician (Frauenarzt).

Please contact the Hospital Hotline on 0800 588 9936 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany) as soon as you know you are pregnant.

The Patient Support team will assist you to make an appointment with the Frauenarzt.

Antenatal Care

Your care will be delivered by a community-based obstetrician (Frauenarzt), and a hospital obstetrician who work in conjunction with a host nation midwife. The Frauenarzt for your area is: Sennelager area, Ayrshire Barracks area, Goch area, Oberammergau area, Munster area, Ramstein area, Wesel area.

Following discussion with you, the midwife or Frauenarzt may refer you to other professionals. Health professionals providing care for you will record your progress in a maternity record.  In Germany this maternity record is called a Mutterpass. You will be given your Mutterpass and be asked to bring it to each medical appointment so that the record can be updated throughout your pregnancy.

It is important to take your Mutterpass if you go to the UK (or other countries) so that any midwife, hospital or GP you visit whilst there can access your information and record their findings.

Data Protection

See our data protection page.

Place of Birth Options

Birth in Hospital

Maternity care in German, Belgium and Dutch hospitals offer standards of care broadly equivalent to UK standards. However, there may be differences in the range of services provided; for example gas and air pain relief is not available in all hospitals, whereas complementary therapies, which are often not available in UK maternity units may be.

Important:   Please note that reimbursement of medical costs will not be authorised where entitled personnel choose to opt for private care and treatment.

Homebirth and Birth in a Midwife-led Birthing Unit.

Due to contractual and legal complexities, we do not provide a planned homebirth or midwife-led service.

If you would like a homebirth your current options are:

  • Supported transfer to the UK for homebirth
  • Homebirth with a local midwife, which must be arranged and paid for privately.

What to expect in Hospital

Your local hospital is: Sennelager area, Ayrshire Barracks area, Goch area, Oberammergau area, Munster area, Ramstein area, Wesel area.

Münster:

If you are located in an area, where no information is provided, please contact the Hospital Hotline on 0800 588 9936 or 0049 521 395 3960

Registration at the Hospital

When your Frauenarzt wants you to pre-register for delivery at the hospital (usually around 34 weeks of pregnancy), please contact the Hospital Hotline on 0800 588 9936 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany) if you need assistance arranging the appointment.

Even if your Frauenarzt has already made an appointment at the hospital for you it is still important that you contact the Hospital Hotline to inform us about the appointment.

Tour of the Maternity unit

You may also find it helpful to take a tour of the maternity unit at your local hospital. During this tour you will have the opportunity to visit the delivery suite and meet with members of the medical team who will be able to answer any questions you may have.

Please contact your midwife or the hospital directly to find out more.  If you need assistance you can contact a Patient Support Officer during working hours on 0800 588 99 36 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany).

Getting to hospital

It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the route to your local maternity unit in advance of the birth.

What to bring to hospital

It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with the route to your local maternity unit in advance of the birth.

You must bring:

  • your Mutterpass so that the midwife and doctor can review your pregnancy

You will also need to bring:

  • your own night clothes
  • a dressing gown and slippers
  • personal toiletries
  • towels (these will not be provided by the hospital)
  • anything that might make your stay more comfortable and help you feel relaxed during labour, such as magazines, books or music.

For your baby you will need:

  • clothes to take the baby home in
  • a car seat. By law you are not allowed to leave the hospital without one.

The hospital will provide everything else you may need for the baby during your stay. If you would like to bring any other clothing for the baby, please check with your midwife or hospital staff first to see whether hospital regulations allow this.  If you are allowed, be aware that this is at your own risk as clothes may become mixed up with the hospital laundry.

Please don’t bring any valuables into hospital with you.

Please make sure that you do not leave your belongings on display, while you are out of the room, as the hospital cannot take responsibility for these items.

Consenting to treatment

We want to make sure you fully understand your condition and the treatment options available to you. Before you receive treatment, it should be fully explained to you by a member of the medical team.

You may be asked to sign a consent form before the treatment starts. No treatment will be carried out without your consent unless it is an emergency and you are unable to give consent.

Additional payments

Please note that if you would like a single or a family room, these charges and any associated costs, for private treatment will be your responsibility as neither SSAFA GSTT LLP nor DPHC (O) will reimburse these.

Patient Support Services

See our dedicated Patient support services page.

The Hospital Team

The maternity unit is under the supervision of a senior consultant. The senior consultant leads a team of specialist registrars, ‘house’ doctors, midwives and nurses.

Post delivery

After the birth of your baby, you will be transferred from the delivery suite to a ward room where your baby will stay with you. However, there may be times when your baby may need to be taken to the nursery or special care baby unit (SCBU) for closer observation. The hospital staff will explain everything to you and keep you informed on your baby's progress.

If you require assistance, please contact the Hospital Hotline on 0800 588 99 36 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany).

Going home

When can I go home?  There are several factors that may influence the time you spend in hospital following the birth of your baby. As a general rule, discharge can be arranged from four hours to five days after the birth providing you and your baby are well. The medical staff will be able to advise you on when you may be discharged. However, they may encourage you to stay for 48hours post-delivery, so that the initial checks on your baby can be completed prior to your discharge.

Please inform your midwife that you have been discharged, so that they can contact you.

Please also inform the Hospital Hotline on 0800 588 99 36 or 0049 521 305 3960 (from UK mobiles or outside Germany) to arrange your follow-up care with your Frauenarzt.

Registering your baby

For information about registering your baby and further UK Government information for parents, please see our dedicated page.