Having a baby in Berlin
With a positive pregnancy test and a pregnancy is suspected, book an appointment with the Frauenarzt. An ultrasound will be done to confirm the pregnancy. A blood and urine test is also done.
The mother will be having regular monthly check ups with the gynaecologist. Each check up will consist of the standard ultrasound exam, blood and urine test.
A test for gestational diabetes is done around week 24-26.
Advanced diagnostic tests
Around week 11-13, a more advanced 3D ultrasound test (Feindiagnostik) can be done at your own expense if desired. This can be covered by the health insurance if the gynaecologist thinks the mother is at risk.
This is done again around week 24-26. You will receive a referral letter from your gynaecologist. The costs are covered by insurance.
The expecting mother will receive a Mutterpass which contains all the important information of the pregnancy. She should carry the pass with her especially to other doctor visits.
A Hebamme is a professional midwife that takes care of the pregnant mother and newborns around childbirth. Start the search for a Hebamme early as they are high in demand in Berlin.
There are two types of midwife — Hebamme and Beleghebamme. A Hebamme supports the does checkups before and after birth and the costs are covered by health insurance. She does not support during labour unlike the Beleghebamme. The costs for a Beleghebamme are usually not covered by health insurance.
Choosing where to give birth
There are three options in Germany: At a hospital, birth house, or at home. We went with a hospital. Appointments are hard to get so it is important to register early too. We did ours around week 24-28. The appointment will happen roughly 1 month before the expected birth.