Antenatal Care in Dubai

Maternity Care in Dubai
If you are thinking about pregnancy management in Dubai, then this article is definitely for you!

The concept of “pregnancy management” (also known as Antenatal Care, Prenatal Care or Maternity Care) refers to the medical care of a pregnant woman from the moment of pregnancy until birth.

This process includes a number of medical, psychological and educational aspects aimed at ensuring the health of mother and child. Let's first discuss them in general.

Here are some key aspects of Antenatal Care:

1) Examinations and diagnostic
  • The woman visits the doctor to confirm pregnancy and conduct initial testing.
  • Various medical tests and ultrasounds are performed to evaluate the health of the mother and baby.

2) Planning and consultation:
  • Discussion of pregnancy plan, including choice of delivery method and management of pregnancy.
  • Providing information on nutrition, physical activity, avoiding bad habits and other important aspects.

3) Regular visits to the doctor:
  • A pregnant woman regularly visits a doctor to monitor the health and development of the baby.
  • Assessment of blood pressure, weight, general condition.

4) Education and preparation for delivery:
  • Pre-birth classes where expectant mothers learn breathing techniques, relaxation, and receive information about the birthing process and the postpartum period.

5) Medical monitoring:
  • Monitor changes in the condition of mother and baby using various medical tests and procedures.

6) Mental Health Support:
  • Psychological support and counseling, as pregnancy can cause emotional changes.

7) Labor planning and delivery:
  • Preparation for the birth process, participation in pre-birth planning and provision of adequate medical care during childbirth.

Prenatal Care in Dubai is performed by an obstetrician-gynecologist and may include the participation of other medical specialists, depending on the specific medical needs. All this is aimed at ensuring the health and well-being of the mother and unborn child.

If you live in Dubai and are planning a pregnancy or just flew here on vacation during pregnancy, the issue of choosing a competent specialist is of great importance. Antenatal care is carried out only by a specialist doctor. Monitoring by a nurse, midwife, general practitioner or online consultation will not be enough.

When choosing an obstetrician-gynecologist in Dubai, pay attention to the presence of a license - this is a prerequisite for legal work, and not a mere formality. To obtain a license in Dubai, a doctor must have a PhD in Medicine and at least 3 years of experience after receiving this degree. In addition, the doctor must confirm his qualifications by passing an exam. If a doctor does not have a medical license, then he could not confirm his qualifications, and his activities are illegal.

The doctor’s experience in managing pregnancy and delivery, including high-risk cases, is of great importance. In Dubai, a patient can contact any OB/GYN specialist of her own choosing. Moreover, no one limits the patient to visiting only one doctor. It is common practice for patients to seek a second opinion.

It also matters where exactly you are observed - in a clinic or hospital. The main difference is that in a hospital you can often find a specialist who not only manages the pregnancy, but also delivers babies and performs caesarean sections. Although the practice in which a patient is seen in a clinic by one doctor and then goes to the hospital for delivery by another is just as common here.

And finally, another important aspect is financial. You have three main options, each of which has its own advantages and disadvantages:

  • Paying for all visits during prenatal care and for delivery yourself is the most convenient, but also the most expensive option. You simply pay for visits, laboratory tests and examinations as needed. The convenience is that you do not have to waste time waiting for approval from the insurance company. The disadvantage is that, for example, if treatment is required admission in the hospital (for example in the case of a serious complication), the costs can be quite significant.
  • Take advantage of insurance that covers pregnancy and delivery - you will pay approximately the same as if you paid for everything yourself, but in the event of unforeseen situations, the insurance will cover additional visits and treatment in the department. The downside is that for many studies, the obstetrician first sends a request to the insurance company and they must approve it, which takes some time. For example, during a visit, the doctor orders tests for you, you go home and return to the hospital to perform them after they are approved by the insurance company. Sometimes approval can take less than an hour, and sometimes it will take several days.
  • Buy a Package for Maternity Care and Delivery Package in a hospital or clinic, what is wery popular in Dubai also. The packages are quite varied. And they really help you save money. Perhaps no package includes 100% of all necessary examinations. Therefore, it is better to immediately discuss this with your gynecologist in order to understand the amount of additional costs.
I wish you that pregnancy and delivery in Dubai will bring you only joy and happiness.

Your OB/GYN in Dubai, Dr. Vitali Petukhou.

  • When should you come for a booking visit in Dubai?
    If you become pregnant, you should visit a gynecologist as early as possible. This is necessary to confirm pregnancy and receive recommendations that will avoid many risks. At the same time, there is such a thing as booking visit, when systematic monitoring begins and many tests are performed at 10-12 weeks of pregnancy.
  • How often should an ultrasound be done during pregnancy and is it dangerous?
    Ultrasound examination is safe and does not pose any risk during pregnancy and, if necessary, can be performed as many times as the condition of the woman and baby requires. At least 3 ultrasound scans are required during pregnancy - these studies are often called screenings.
  • What is ultrasound screening?
    An ultrasound examination that is performed on all patients during pregnancy at a specified time is called screening. Usually they talk about 3 such studies.

    The 1st ultrasound screening is performed at 11 weeks 2 days - 14 weeks 2 days and necessary to assess the risk of having a child with Down syndrome and other chromosomal diseases.

    The 2nd ultrasound screening is performed at 18 weeks - 20 weeks and performed to confirm that all the baby’s organs are developing correctly.

    The 3rd ultrasound screening is performed at 28 weeks - 30 weeks to confirm that the baby is growing and developing according to the gestational age.
  • At what term of pregnancy can an ultrasound show the gender of the baby?
    There are 2 main methods for determining the sex of a baby using ultrasound. The first, earlier, at 11-12 weeks of pregnancy in the direction of growth of the genital tubercle, i.e. when the external genitalia themselves do not yet exist. The second, more accurate, is after 16 weeks of pregnancy, when the external genitalia are formed.
  • What is NIPT and when should it be done?
    NIPT is non-invasive prenatal testing. This is a mother’s blood test in which, starting from 10 weeks of pregnancy, the child’s DNA can be determined and, based on its analysis, many genetic diseases can be excluded. NIPT in Dubai is available and widespread.

    Indications for performing NIPT are: a high risk of hereditary diseases identified by screening results, mother's age over 35 years, pregnancy following IVF, previous birth of a child with hereditary diseases, etc. In addition, NIPT can be performed at the request of the parents even without special indications. As a result of performing NIPT, you can exclude many hereditary diseases with a confidence of more than 99%, and in addition, you will definitely find out the sex of the baby.

European Board ObGyn in Dubai Dr. Vitali Petukhou

Expert obstetrics in simple words. Consultations, ultrasound.
Maternity Care and delivery, C-section.
Phone: +971 504 507 752

Clemenceau Medical Center Hospital Dubai
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