Birth preparation and postnatal care
When it comes to giving birth, feel comfortable and safe with SBK.
We are here for you. We offer many additional benefits and helpful services to support you during pregnancy, with the birth and in everyday family life – so that you can concentrate fully on your family. In order to have as much family time as possible, both before and after the birth, your personal consultant will be there to answer all your questions and, with a little help from you, will take care of all the formalities.
Where you would like to bring your baby into the world is your choice: in a hospital, a birth centre, or even at home. To help you make the right decision, ask yourself the following questions and consider what’s important to you. Where do I feel in the safest hands? Would I like to give birth to my child in a hospital with its own paediatric department to ensure maximum safety for my baby? What environment would I find most relaxing? What does my gynaecologist or midwife think is the right decision? We will help you find a suitable establishment for giving birth to your baby. It is important to us that you are well prepared and feel safe so, in addition to our consultation, we are also available to you with the following services before the birth:
From around the 25th week of pregnancy, it is time for a birth preparation class. Your midwife will prepare you with breathing and relaxation exercises and answer your questions. You will also get to know other parents-to-be and have the opportunity to exchange experiences about this exciting time and its challenges.
We cover the costs of birth preparation with midwives, and support you in your search. All contractual services during and after the pregnancy are billed directly to us by your midwife. Simply present your SBK healthcare card to your midwife.
With the SBK Babyglück-Paket, you also have the possibility to get up to €50 for your partner’s birth preparation course.
You have decided to give birth in a hospital? Then you want to make sure that you and your baby can both count on the best medical care. A hospital is often the best place to treat complications that may arise during or after the birth.
An alternative to a conventional hospital birth is to have an independent midwife. Some hospitals have contracts in place with these independent midwives and allow them to handle the entire birthing process from start to finish. You still give birth to your baby in the hospital where all of the necessary medical equipment is available if needed, but the atmosphere is far more personal, almost like it would be in a birth centre.
You would like to have your own personal midwife by your side? Then be sure to arrange an on-call midwife service shortly before the birth.
Many women are interested in a home birth if their pregnancies are running smoothly with no risks. If this option appeals, you’ll need a midwife to accompany you through the birth. Be sure to get in touch with a midwife as early as possible, as not all midwives offer home births. When selecting your midwife, it is important for you to trust them completely. It is also important to consider that you may need to be rushed to hospital if there are any complications.
You would like to have your own personal midwife by your side? Then it’s best to arrange an on-call service between you shortly before the birth.
As an alternative to a home or hospital birth, you can also bring your baby into the world in a birth centre. Birth centres are run by independent midwives to provide parents with a familiar atmosphere in which to give birth to their babies. It may be necessary to be transferred to a hospital if any complications arise.
It is important to be able to trust your midwife here, too, and you should agree on an on-call service between you shortly before the birth.
If you have any questions relating to the various options for giving birth, our SBK Health Telephone for Expectant Mothers and Children will be happy to help.
What do parents need in this exciting new chapter in their lives? Time, energy, inner calm and, above all, practical day-to-day support, perhaps from family members and friends. Your midwife or doctor can also provide you with valuable assistance. We at SBK are there for you, too, with a wealth of services geared towards you and your baby, freeing you up to concentrate on your family.
After the birth of your baby, you receive comprehensive care from your doctor. In addition, your midwife remains your first point of contact for any questions that you may have relating to caring for your baby and, of course, changes to your body after birth. Alternatively, you can of course contact your doctor. The first medical check-up for the mother usually takes place six weeks after delivery. Regular check-ups for your baby are particularly important, too, in order to monitor and promote their development. These paediatric health screenings are known as U-Check-ups. You can find out more about these on our ‘U-Check-ups’ page.
In the first few weeks after the birth, we cover the costs of post-partum care provided by your midwife, your trusted companion throughout the experience. She will come to your home and help you with cord care, correct feeding and any questions that you may have about looking after your newborn.
Of course, your midwife will be there for you, too, and will be able to treat any injuries that you may have suffered during the birth, as well as providing you with special exercises to assist your recovery.
You don’t need to worry about anything else: all contracted midwives invoice us directly for the costs of post-partum care. Our tip: before your first appointment, ask your midwife whether she can invoice SBK directly for her expenses as a participating midwife. If your midwife cannot offer direct invoicing, please contact your personal consultant before your first appointment with the midwife.
You can find all information about midwife care and on-call midwife services on our ‘Midwife services’ page.
We cover the costs of up to ten hours of recovery exercises with a midwife so that you can get your abdominal and pelvic-floor muscles back into shape after childbirth. The one condition is that you complete the course before the end of the ninth month after the birth, as such exercises are most effective within this period.
Contracted midwives can also invoice these costs directly to us. In certain cases, it may be medically advisable for a physiotherapist to assist you with the recovery exercises: please discuss this with your doctor. In such cases, your doctor will issue you with a prescription that will allow you to see a physiotherapist for recovery exercise sessions.
Services relating to the birth of your child – your SBK benefits:
- Your personal consultant will advise you on all questions before and after the birth. They will help you find a maternity hospital, birth centre or midwife.
- We cover the costs of medical care for you and your baby – no additional payments are required.
- For medical questions, you can always contact the SBK Health Telephone for Expectant Mothers and Children on 0800 072 572 570 01 (free of charge within Germany).
This way you get all the services you need for the birth:
We cover the costs of medical care for you and your baby. The hospital, birth centre or midwife will invoice us directly. All you have to do is show your SBK healthcare card and we’ll do the rest.
If you are looking for a maternity hospital or birth centre in your area or have any questions about the services and offers of the SBK, simply contact your personal consultant and they will be happy to advise and support you.