Bestmed's Maternity care programme is available on all benefit options, and provides comprehensive information and services to expectant parents.
You need to register on the Bestmed Maternity care programme as soon as you have confirmed your pregnancy by means of a pathology test and/or scan from your family practitioner or gynaecologist. After registering your information, a consultant will contact you. If your pregnancy is associated with risks, the information will be forwarded to Bestmed’s case managers who will contact you to help monitor your progress.
How to register:
After registration you will receive:
Registering on the Maternity Care Programme does not confirm any benefits or authorisation for the delivery, which are subject to the Scheme’s rules and underwriting.
Please take note of the following important information:
Maternity benefits are offered across all ranges. As a Bestmed member you will have access to the following benefits which will not be paid from your savings account, but at 100% Scheme tariff.
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Finding out you are pregnant comes with a whole lot of emotions, questions and information. Sometimes just knowing where to start and which information you can trust can be a challenge.
Pregnant members and dependants have access to the Maternity care programme. The programme provides comprehensive information and services, and was designed with the needs of expectant parents and their support network in mind.
Although it’s very early in your pregnancy, it’s a very important period of your pregnancy. A lot happens during the first three months. The fertilised egg rapidly divides into layers of cells and implants in the wall of your womb where it carries on growing. These layers of cells become an embryo which is what the baby is called at this stage. During this first trimester, your baby grows faster than at any other time. By six weeks a heartbeat can usually be heard.
The second trimester is the middle three months of your pregnancy: roughly months four, five and six. As you go through the second trimester, you will start feeling and looking more pregnant, and you may have more energy than you did in the first trimester. Later, you’ll start to feel your baby moving. By this time, your pregnancy should have been registered at Bestmed. We will monitor your pregnancy and identify possible high-risk pregnancies.
This is the last three months of your pregnancy. Feelings at this stage of pregnancy tend to range from tiredness and worry to excitement about the baby. During this phase, we will continue to monitor high-risk pregnancies closely and you will start to prepare for the delivery and all decisions regarding it. During this stage, we will support you with:
At this stage, expectant moms have the uncertainty of when labour will start or how they will know when to do what. You might be feeling worried about going out, making plans or being alone in case you go into labour. However, in most cases, labour starts slowly with contractions very widely spaced, leaving you plenty of time to get home. This is especially true if it’s your first child, so don’t feel like you have to stay in the house.
You might also be worried about knowing when you should go into hospital, especially if it’s not close by. When you’re having a contraction every five minutes which lasts 30+ seconds, call your midwife, birth centre or hospital labour ward if you are giving birth there. If you have chosen a home birth, the midwife will come to you. Around your due date, our maternity care team will call you to check up on your progress and/or whether baby has arrived. During this stage, we will support you with:
You will be contacted again post-birth to check up on both you and baby’s well-being. We will also connect you with any associations you may need to assist you with any problems that you may experience.